Of Tacos and Tithes…

Hey everyone- for those of you expecting a cruise blog, you’ll get one later this week or maybe over the weekend.  I’ve been crazy busy lately.  I will try to write blogs at least once a week now that I’m back from vacation.  But this blog will be a little different.

Rewind (remember that, in the dark ages before DVDs) back to last Sunday, Oct. 11.  I got back from my cruise the Saturday night before, so on Sunday, I resumed my life.

I went to the gym, the grocery store, and then to Taco Bell to get my potato taco fix.  Potato Tacos are a new item on the value menu for 89 cents.  It has potatoes instead of meat, so of course, I love them!

I got my potato tacos, and as I was ordering at the register, I looked around and saw lots of those little papers that are sold at the register whenever there’s a fundraiser going on.  You’ve seen them- they are balloons, hearts, stars, or some other symbol.  These were little suns, so of course, returning from the Caribbean to the Carolinas, my eyes were drawn to the suns!  The suns were a fundraiser for Camp Rae, which is a camp for special needs in the area (You can read about it in this article from the Morning News). Basically, the founders of the camp realized that the Pee Dee needs this kind of camp for special needs kids.  Other day camps like this exist in Charleston, Columbia, etc- but that’s not feasible for many affected families in the Pee Dee.

So I thought that was a pretty awesome cause, and I picked up a pamphlet at the register about the camp.  I took my potato tacos and went on my merry way.

That Wednesday night, I went to Revolution Church, like I do pretty much every Wednesday night.  That night at Revolution was a little different.  Instead of passing around the offering plate for everyone to put money in that night, Chris Reeder passed it around and told everyone to TAKE an envelope of money.  Yep, taking money from the offering plate- the thing your grandma always warned you against as a kid in church.

Of course, nobody’s going to give you free money, so there’s a catch.  Instead of just spending the money, we had to take it into the community and “be the church”.  We didn’t have to tell them we were from Revolution Church or anything- unless we wanted to- we just had to “be the church”.  Well, okay.  Surely tons of people in the area need help, so that shouldn’t be hard to do, right?  Well, I thought for a a day or so and debated certain things, and then I saw the paper from Taco Bell on my desk, the paper for the 5k run that Camp Rae was sponsoring that Saturday.

So, those of you who know me know that I love to punish my body/endure sore muscles/push myself to the brink of exhaustion and craziness run.  Some of my friends and I are actually planning to do the Run like a Nut race at the Florence Pecan Festival. I thought it would be a good idea to do a 5k race, especially a race that seemed like a good cause.  Not to mention, it was at 10:30 on Saturday morning.  Even I can run at 10:30!

Saturday morning, I went out to the RedWolves/Memorial Stadium in Florence to run the 5k and I gave the $20 from my reverse tithe as an extra donation whenever I paid the entry fee that morning (by the way, for masochistic extraordinaires seasoned runners, 5k really isn’t a long race.  It’s 3.1 miles for those of us Americans).

I got there that morning, and it was FREEZING out.  I wore my Revolution Church t-shirt, because I figured it would be a subliminal way to let people know about my church.  After all, it has the church web address on it, which is helpful because other people can see it when they leave my sweaty, panting butt in the dust I run past them.  However, as awesome as the shirts are, they’re designed for the South Carolina climate (i.e., summery sauna-like conditions), and 50something temperatures and chilly winds didn’t stand a chance. I was FREEZING.

As far as the race went, I ended up finishing  in 30 minutes and a few seconds.  I did run the entire time, but not my best running time (All of the wind made my lungs hurt and my nose run).  When I finished, I actually went to the refreshment/water table and immediately asked for Kleenex!  Then, I recovered and hung out for awhile.  I also took pictures with the Giant Taco and Giant Taco Sauce.

Oh potato taco… he was such a brave taco for hugging me post-race and not even scared that I would bite his head off! Oh yeah, I’m vegetarian and I don’t eat anything with a face…

Gotta love it when TACO BELL sponsors a race, huh?  These mascots could totally kick Ronald McDonald’s yellow suit, red afro, sporting booty!

Anyway, it made me feel good to be able to do something I love (running) for a good cause (Camp RAE).  Not to mention, giving the reverse tithe as a donation to the camp, which was an awesome thing.  I really hope that the $20 I gave will give something to someone else- a happy time at a summer camp, maybe a chance to ride a horse for the first time, swim, and meet new friends and just be a regular kid.  And I think it will :).

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6 Responses to Of Tacos and Tithes…

  1. Cori says:

    Potato tacos? I must be living under a rock or something.. That sounds like something right up Joel’s alley since he’s not a big fan of meat either. I haven’t been to Taco Bell in awhile, but I’m kinda craving it now after reading your blog. :) That’s great that you did the race! I especially love the pictures of you and the taco and then you and Fire.

  2. Rebecca says:

    Grrr…I just had a nice response typed up, but the blinking typing mark thing in front of what I was typing disappeared, and I pressed the backspace button. It took me back to a couple web pages back. Arrrgh.

    Aww…I want to get my picture taken with Taco Bell sponsors, too. hehe. It sounds like you really enjoyed running, despite the chilly weather. Major kudos to you for wearing shorts and a t-shirt in that temperature though.

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a reverse tithe. At first, I got really nervous when I started reading about it in your entry because it sounded a little suspicious, but I like how the pastor had people give back to the community. :) That’s neat. Were there any kids there? Did any parents have to explain to kids why they were taking the money? Heh. Because, if you think about it, little kids tend to imitate what they see.
    :)

  3. Deana Strickland says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am a founder of Camp RAE. It means so much that someone believes in our cause. Your words really touched me. Good luck on your Run Like a Nut race.

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