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Chicago Pastor Running Coast to Coast for Water
Spear will run 3200 miles, averaging a marathon a day for 5 months to help kids in Kenya get clean water.
(Seattle, WA)—Right now, 49 year-old Steve Spear is training for the run of his life. The Chicago-area pastor recently quit his job as a Willow Creek pastor after 15 years, to focus on raising $1.5 million to provide clean water for 30,000 people living in Kenya. It’s the adventure of a lifetime, a cross-country fundraising run from Southern California to New York City. Spear, who only took up long-distance running five years ago, has completed countless marathons and ultra-marathons but has never done anything like this before. He will attempt to run a marathon a day for five months, from coast to coast.
Spear will start his quest on April 8th, 2013 from the Santa Monica Pier on the Pacific Ocean, finishing up five months later in August in New York City. Steve Spear says his former senior pastor at Willow Creek, Bill Hybels is planning to run with Steve on the final leg of the cross-country odyssey into New York City. Spear will seek support from churches along the way.
A CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE
• Spear will run 3200 miles, averaging a marathon a day for 5 months
• He will consume 6100 calories a day.
• He will go through 10 pairs of running shoes
THE REASON: CLEAN WATER FOR AFRICA
• 900 million people lack access to safe water
• 6000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water and basic sanitation facilities
• 443 million school days per year are lost to water-related illness
• The difference: hope for 30,000 people
Source: World Vision
1. Report: Iran to Upgrade Uranium Development
by David Lev
Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it planned to speed up its uranium enrichment program, using faster and more advanced centrifuges. A report by Reuters said that the news agency had received a document sent by IAEA officials which said that Tehran planned to upgrade enrichment equipment at its Natanz plant. According to the report, Iran informed the IAEA of its intentions last week. The IAEA document, quoting a communication the agency had received from Iran, lays out details of the upgrade program, Reuters said.
According to a report in the Associated Press, the letter from Iran mentions a centrifuge model cale IR2m, which would be able to enrich uranium as much as three times faster than equipment Iran already has. Israel Radio quoted a Defense Ministry source as saying that Israel was “concerned” over the development, because it meant that Iran would have more, and better quality, uranium which could be used to build nuclear bombs more quickly.
Meanwhile, Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said that she was “confident” that talks between Iran and the West on Tehran’s nuclear program would resume soon.
Ashton made the comments at a meeting of European foreign ministers. Last week, a spokesperson for Ashton said that it appeared that Iran was doing everything it could do delay such talks. When asked by a reporter how the West could negotiate with Tehran to convince it to halt its nuclear program when Iran refused to even talk, Ashton said “I am confident there will be a meeting soon.” She gave no further details.
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