48-Hour Challenge: An Astounding Run to Benefit ADRN

When God calls, how far are you willing to go? Two men took this challenge and ran…literally! They put their fitness to the ultimate test for the Lord running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours to raise money for ADRN’s Winter Storm Relief Fund. Travis McCormick and Kory Curtis’s passion for health advocacy and living play a part in everything they do. They spent the last few years training for an Ironman Triathlon and a 100-Mile Ultra Marathon. Sadly, like many plans in 2020, these races fell through due to COVID-19. In light of these major disappointments, they decided to take on an astounding new challenge. Travis and Kory heard of a new sort of endurance test created by a navy seal: a 4 mile run every four hours for 48 hours! Their intense training regimen of physical strength and mental might inspired the duo to use this challenge as an opportunity to help their community. They witnessed their ATX community in critical need following February’s winter storm and saw a perfect opportunity to make a difference. So they set their sights on raising $448.00 for ADRN through this 4 x 4 x 48 running challenge. The more…

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Running 100 Miles For Hope: Seth’s Ultramarathon For ADRN

Would you run 100 miles to give someone hope? Seth Fry, a police officer and resident of Buda, TX, is no stranger to running the race set before him. While most might shy away from a long trek, Seth embraces it. He’s made a hobby out of running in a number of races, some well over 50 miles long. This year, Seth and his team trained for a 100-mile ultramarathon scheduled for December 2020. Sadly, the race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of throwing in the towel, Seth and his teammates decided to run their 100 miles anyway. Inspired by his running partner Jeremy, Seth decided to use this race to raise funds for a cause for the first time. He wanted to help families in crisis and knowing that #HopeIsEssential for their recovery, he chose to support ADRN. More than 200 donors worked together to reach Seth’s goal to raise $5.00/mile! Bundled up and hydrated, Seth, Jeremy, and David set out to finish what they started. “I need to mention,” said Seth, “(my running partner) Jeremy was the heartbeat of this 100 miles, setting the pace and leading the way. Our support man, David Lee, was…

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Waiting in Faith On the Lord

Nearly one year ago, Gloria Gonzales found her house in flames upon arriving home from work. As she waited for the firefighters to arrive, Maria tried to fight the fire herself with the garden hose. “The water hose was all tangled up and I was screaming to my neighbor to help me!” Gloria recalls. Unfortunately, the house was destroyed before the fire department was able to put it out. And although she lost three puppies in the fire, she’s grateful for what she didn’t lose. “We lost a lot. We lost everything, but we’re still here,” Gloria said. “We just need to have faith and see what God does for us.” Gloria and her family are living in a borrowed RV trailer as they wait to rebuild their home. Her husband, a construction worker, has a crew ready to help them rebuild, they simply need building materials donated in order to begin the process. With most of our funds for disaster relief going toward those impacted by COVID-19 this past year, ADRN has not been able to donate building materials to the Garcia family. These are trying times for many, but we know God has good plans for Gloria and…

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Have you met Yellow Shirts Ann and Jennifer?

When our worlds are shaken, we turn to Jesus for stability. Thanks to Yellow Shirts like you, the survivors we worked with learn to turn to Jesus too when their lives are turned upside down. Our Yellow Shirts are the heartbeat of our organization, bringing the love of Jesus, emotional support and practical assistance to families in crisis. We hope you know how much we appreciate all you do. You continue to inspire and amaze us with your dedication, compassion and selflessness. Today, we’re recognizing Yellow Shirts Ann Reinicke and Jennifer Rangel de Morales for their ongoing support and service both on and off the disaster field. Ann Reinicke (l) and Jennifer Rangel de Morales (r) on deployment in Hankamer This dynamic duo teamed up to bring emotional, spiritual and physical support to Imelda survivors in Hankamer, TX. A sector seader trained in CISM, Ann has a spirit of joy and a can-do attitude that reflects on both survivors and the volunteers she leads. Originally from Panama, Jennifer is a chaplain whose warm smile and welcoming heart bring peace and comfort to the survivors she works with. Thank you, Ann and Jennifer, for your commitment to loving those impacted by…

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Donated Guitar Brings Hope After Harvey

August 18, 2018, Rockport, Texas – ADRN Hurricane Harvey Relief John Gonzalez played guitar in the New Beginnings Church praise band in Rockport, Texas. The sanctuary was heavily damaged from the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Both of John’s guitars, one electric and one acoustic, were inside the sanctuary at the time and received damage beyond repair. ADRN developed a partnership with New Beginnings Church in Rockport following Hurricane Harvey when ADRN put into place a Mobile Thrift Store offering clothing, shoes, disaster supplies and more for the community. It was through this relationship and ongoing effort that John’s story surfaced. Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) had recently received a special donated guitar signed by music artist Shania Twain, a Canadian singer and songwriter who has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history. Thomas, an ADRN Disaster Relief Shepherd Coordinator, matched the donated guitar to John’s need. On Friday, August 18, 2018, Thomas made his way to Rockport from Austin, Texas with the donated guitar. John was overwhelmed with the gift! He immediately tuned the guitar and started playing a hymn. John was grateful. Hope was restored to the praise band within the…

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