About the S4J

The S4J is a fundraising initiative. The key focus for our fundraising year is the Comrades Marathon. Yet, S4J athletes and supporters are also using other opportunities to fundraise in support of peoples in the Sudan.

To have a look at the ABOUT page on the the S4J blog, click here.

The S4J has a monthly presence road races through a combination of athletes participating, a water-point or photo shoot at the race. The S4J was birthed out of two athletes running the Comrades Marathon in 2010. The Comrades is one of the premier ultra-marathons in the world ad is still the key point of participation annually for the S4J.

Through the WEBSITE www.sudansupport.org , BLOG  www.sudan4jesus.org , newsletters and other social media platforms we share news and stories about the S4J. We thank God for making us a community of friends working towards achieving the goal of blessing the people of Sudan and South Sudan in practical ways.

During the 2017 S4J year that runs from 1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017, our fundraising campaign consisted of TWO projects. The one was WATER for SUDAN and the other was BIBLES for SOUTH SUDAN. To read more about these projects, click on the links for the Sudan project and for the South Sudan project. The S4J team will again communicate when we launch the 2018 fundraising campaign.

Extraordinary commitment

3 May 2011

It does not really make sense how a blind woman would run willingly AND joyfully in soaking rain for more than 5 hours. Yet, recently with the Forever Resorts Loskop 50 km / 31 mile ultra marathon, Louise Jacobs did. Amazing testimony that is part of an ever increasing fascinating journey, all for God’s glory.

This run for Louise was part of the build-up to the 2011 Comrades Marathon taking place on 29 May. She was supported by our very dear running friend Roald le Roux.

Roald and Louise has just completed the Lopskop ultra marathon – soaking wet, yet with great joy in their heart. They are running for a great cause: to raise funds for the spread of the Gospel in Sudan.

Extraordinary camaraderie

2 May 2011

Deeply moving! No other way to describe what happened today in an amazing display of team spirit and camaraderie when one of the Sudan4Jesus runners qualified for this year’s Comrades Marathon.

Today was the LAST chance for Willie van Staden to qualify for this year’s Comrades Marathon at today’s Wally Hayward marathon. The Sudan4Jesus run is about a group of ordinary men and women used by God in amazing ways to run the Comrades Marathon AND raise funds for the spread of the Gospel message in Sudan.

In the picture, from left to right: Louise Jacobs, Roald le Roux and Willie van Staden.

Willie’s team members were well aware he HAD to qualify today. They RAN with him, ENCOURAGED him, MESSAGED him when cramps got hold of him. Even more amazing: wait for it…on the LONG last uphill, his blind team mate, Louise Jacobs, pushed him from behind, on his back, while he was slogging that uphill. A blind woman, pushing her friend from behind to conquer that hill… what phenomenal testimony.

Thinking of Louise… a while ago during another race, she and another team member Roald le Roux ran together. During this race Louise and Roald each held onto a rubber cord, for Roald to help Louise with the run. Because Louise is a STRONG runner, she often was slightly ahead of Roald. So, while running, the two overheard someone saying: “Look how that woman is helping the blind man!”” The two nearly screamed with laughter. Although a blind runner, Louise has an amazing sense of humor and so does Roald.

We thank God for the privilege to be part of such an amazing story…His story!

Whatever happened to…Extraordinary giving: the wedding, the garter and the auction ?

On Monday, May 9, 2011 we published an amazing story of how God released R2,000 for the S4J fund at a wedding. Does that sound familiar? Jesus doing miracles at a wedding? That story just had another remarkable turn of events. Read all about it!

Here’s the link to the 9 May 2011 article.

The article had the following introduction:

“On Friday afternoon I saw yet another amount paid into our banking account for the Sudan4Jesus fund.Through the reference I could see this was via Elane, one of the runners. This pushed up the total raised through her to a phenomenal R25,490. I contacted her so that she could thank the “fan” contributing in this way. Elane told me: “You’ve got to hear this…” and then told me the story! I asked her to e-mail the story to me. What a testimony of the amazing things God is doing through the Sudan4Jesus run!”

Wonderful news received today, September 10, 2012

Arrie just got married!

Elane send this update:

If you have heard or read about the Wedding and the garter story, you will recognize the guy in this picture! Yes, this is our groom! What a handsome chap, hey! J

About a year and a half ago Arrie Herbst was the friend of ours who gave up the garter after catching it to auction it and give the contributions towards the Sudan4Jesus. And he is the exact same guy to buy back the garter at a whopping R2000! And he stood his promise proud and not only paid over the contribution, but also marrying Bianca, the girl of his dreams! J

They got married on Spring day (1 Sept) near Louwna in the North West region. It was a lovely wedding and our friend, Arina, the minister, gave a beautiful sermon about the Love of God who ties people together in Love! Friends and family gathered from all over to attend this joyous day and what a day it was! Great music, tasty food, and even a sweets table with candy floss hanging from the trees!

The bride looked beautiful and the groom equally handsome! We pray the God bless them in the life they plan together and may they be living testimonies of the Love of God that brought them together!

Extraordinary giving: the wedding, the garter and the auction

This is one of those timeless classic stories in the history of the S4J of generous giving. This is actually part A of the story, because by now we also know what happened later. We will also share part B of the story in the next post.

9 May 2011

On Friday afternoon I saw yet another amount paid into our banking account for the Sudan4Jesus fund.Through the reference I could see this was via Elane, one of the runners. This pushed up the total raised through her to a phenomenal R25,490. I contacted her so that she could thank the “fan” contributing in this way. Elane told me: “You’ve got to hear this…” and then told me the story! I asked her to e-mail the story to me. What a testimony of the amazing things God is doing through the Sudan4Jesus run!

Here’s what Elane wrote. Enjoy!

“I quickly have to tell you this funny story!
About a month ago one of my best friend’s got married in Jan Kempdorp, our hometown. And what a blessed wedding! All of our friends was there so you can only imagine the joyous reunion of everybody!
Anyway, you know the tradition of the bride’s garter being thrown to the unmarried men? Well, her new husband took the garter from her leg and threw it over his shoulder to the guys. The lucky guy to catch the garter was one of our friends.

 

He then thought that he didn’t really want it, but it is bad custom to just give it back. So he, the newly weds and the MC came up with the idea to auction the garter and give the proceeds toward the Sudan4Jesus fund. The MC got on a chair, mike in the hand and introduced me as our runner, while explaining about Sudan4Jesus and the auctioning of the garter.

He started the bids at R100 and then R200…R500…R700…R1200…and so forth. The bid was closed at R2000! And guess who was our lucky buyer?? The same guy who gave it up in the beginning! 🙂

 

Imagine that?! So amazing!! He stood his promise proud and paid the money over last week! Thanks Arrie, you are GREAT!!

I’m attaching a photo. In it is Tersia, myself, Mari in front, Hannari the bride and Arrie, our hero of the story!

Hope you have a great day!

Blessings!

Elane”