The Classic Team World Vision Jersey

#ClassicTWVClassic Team World Vision Jersey: today we induct you into the Team World Vision Hall of Awesome in appreciation of your epic career. In the past 10 years, more than 25,000 people have pushed through boundaries and changed lives wearing your unmistakable orange.

You’ve boldly run on city streets and rural roads, oceanfront and forest paths, flatlands and mountains.

You’ve offered courage to your wearers to cover distances they didn’t think possible—6K, 13.1, 26.2, 87K, 70.3, 100, 140.6, 195, 3081.

You’ve been an armor of strength from coast to coast, through the hills of South Africa, and up to mountain summits. 

You’ve withstood sweat (lots and lots of sweat), blood, tears, rain, snow, and sun. 

You’ve been there for every training day, injury, comeback, and runmotional finish.

You remind each person who pulls you on that they are part of something bigger, that they are not alone.

And most of all, you are a beacon of hope signaling clean water and life to communities worldwide.

Classic Team World Vision Jersey, you have done your job well. Steady and relentless, always present, but never stealing the spotlight. If we could only know the stories of the thousands of life-changing journeys you have silently witnessed. Thank you for your service to Team World Vision. Though it is time to say farewell, you will never be forgotten.

Stay tuned for the upcoming reveal of the NEW Team World Vision jersey later this summer! We think you’re going to love it, and spoiler alert: it’s still orange.

Get your #ClassicTWV jersey through June 30 when it will be officially retired. ORDER NOW.

What’s your #ClassicTWV moment? Share it on Facebook and see your teammates’ memories by searching the #ClassicTWV hashtag.

Johgina Densmore: Creating “Aha Moments”

JohginaWhen Johgina Densmore heard about the World Vision 6K for Water in 2014, she had never run a race in her life. But when she read that the registration fee provided clean water to a child, it was a no-brainer. “I can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that there are places in the world that don’t have clean water.” So she took the plunge.

Johgina describes her very first race like this: “Crossing the finish line really was euphoric. I was 49 at the time and crossing the finish line was something I never thought I would be able to do. And the bigger impact for me was that this was really going to help somebody. I thought to myself, I’ve never done this before. But some kid has to do this every day. Some mother has to do this. So that helped me know I could get through it.” 

From that point on, Johgina talked about the 6K to all of her friends and coworkers and the next year brought a team of 15 people to the race.

While picking up their race bibs, Johgina’s friend started to cry. After the race, she told Johgina, “Thank you so much for inviting me. I didn’t even know.” And Johgina realized that one of the best parts of the 6K was seeing her friends be exposed to needs in other parts of the world. “I get to say, ‘Let me tell you what you can do to make a huge impact,’ and it becomes an aha moment for them. It’s the bib that matters.”

Johgina's Team“My personal mission statement is to help people grow,” said Johgina. “If I’m training leaders at work or at church, I talk about the value of people. So I think the same way with the 6K. It is about the value of life and the value of children.

This year Johgina took it to the next level again and invited her whole church—Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago—to participate. They are aiming for a team of 200! And all because Johgina went to her pastor and said, “If I can do it, anyone can do it. The cause is amazing—that a small registration can really make an impact on children.” 

Thank you, Johgina, for creating “aha moments” and being a passionate advocate for children in need of clean water!

If you’d like to join Johgina at the 6K for Water in Chicago this summer, register here! You can also do it in the Twin Cities or Northwest Indiana

Mike Donley: What if you did?

Mike DonleyMike is an actor, a musician, a playwright, and all around creative type. Athletics was never his thing.

So when someone at Mike’s church invited him to run on Team World Vision, he laughed in her face. “I’m 51, a cancer survivor, I’m so busy, and running a marathon could not be farther from my bucket list,” Mike told her. “I’ll keep giving, but running is ridiculous.”

She pushed. “What if there is a chance that when you run, the money you raise could be much more than if you just gave?” Irritated at her challenge, Mike grabbed the flyer and walked away. But two days later, he was woken up with the phrase, “What if you did?” (That NEVER happens to him, by the way, ever.)

Now let’s back up for a second. When Mike was 24 and newly married, he was diagnosed with cancer that led to lots of chemo and surgeries. At one point, a doctor mistakenly told Mike that he would only have a few years to live. “You make a decision to do all you can to survive,” he said, “You learn how to not give up and to rely on the prayers of others when you don’t have the strength of your own.” In a word, he learned resilience.

So as Mike considered that question—What if you did?—he summoned that resilience and decided to choose life again. But this time, he was choosing life for others.

By the end of the week, he was signed up for the marathon. And when people asked why, “I told them 100% of the pie was about clean water.”

“But as I started training,” Mike said, “I realized I liked how my body felt, that I liked training with a group of people I would have never met, that there was spiritual growth happening as I suffered through the training plan. There was this whole pie I had never even considered before. I was getting two pies for the price of one.”

As Mike told his non-runner story and shared his heart for the cause, people started to give. In the end, he raised almost $15,000 and provided clean water for nearly 300 people. “It was unbelievable,” he said.

“God is at the center of it all giving me the chance to do new things and I’m very thankful to use my body at this stage in my life.” It’s why Mike is currently signed up for his second Twin Cities Marathon aiming to raise another $15,000.

Mike, thank you for being willing to find out the answer to the question, “What if you did?” Water and life for hundreds of children, that’s what.