The Scheer Family: All In

Scheer FamilyIn July of 2013, Cory Scheer was in a life-threatening bike accident. Miraculously, he walked out of the hospital 2 days later, but, as you might expect, his life was never the same.

That same year, Cory started on a journey of running 12 marathons in 12 months, calling it “The Basic Needs Marathon Challenge,” raising money for 5 different charities over the course of the year. His incredible story—and his commitment to helping others through the telling of it—landed him a finalist spot in a Runner’s World Cover Contest in 2014.

That’s when Cory met Rusty, a Team World Vision staff person and fellow Runner’s World finalist. Passionate about helping meet the basic needs of children through running, Team World Vision became a perfect fit for Cory. The problem was, Team World Vision didn’t have an event in Cory’s hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. So Cory, with crucial encouragement and involvement from his family, helped change that.

Cory ScheerIn 2015, Cory and his wife, Jamie, volunteered to co-captain a team from their church–Pleasant Valley Baptist Church–and run the Kansas City Marathon and Half Marathon. In the first year, they had a goal of getting 100 people from KC to run and raise $100,000. Well, as Cory said, “For us, Team World Vision has been about continual exceeding of expectations. We think we’ve accomplished something, but then God does more.” In their first year, the KC team was almost 300 runners strong and raised $210,000. 

“Jamie has been an incredible volunteer,” says Cory. She is a physical and nutritional therapist and has helped lots of her teammates as they’ve trained for the race. “This has not just been about one person, we’ve truly had a co-captain model,” said Cory.

Scheer kidsAnd they haven’t stopped there. Cory and Jamie’s kids—Cailyn (13), Isaac (11), Evan (5), and Levi (5)—have been clean water advocates as well. The kids are always at group runs cheering people on, have volunteered at the World Vision 6K for Water, and even organized fundraisers for clean water at their school. “It’s important to us that any time we can model a life of generosity, we do it. And the only way our kids can learn that is to be involved and participate,” Cory says. 

This year, the Scheers are at it again. They are key volunteer leaders in Kansas City, spreading the word about how to run for clean water with Team World Vision. There are already over 600 people signed up for the Kansas City Marathon in October (2 of which are Cory and Jamie of course). 

As Cory reflected recently on the 3-year anniversary of his accident, he wrote: “By God’s grace and His grace alone, the “tragedy” has been transformed into a new trajectory. My family’s entire frame of reference has moved further away from entitlement and more towards gratitude. Had I not gone through this experience, I may have never connected with Team World Vision, an organization mobilizing thousands of people to raise millions of dollars to end the water crisis in Africa. The work of providing clean water goes on. We each have an opportunity, by God’s grace and grace alone, to create a new trajectory for those living in tragic circumstances.”

Thank you, Scheer Family, for your incredibly generous commitment of time, resources, and influence in order to help create a better world for children in need. You ALL have played an essential role in bringing Team World Vision to a new city, and with you, we stand in awe of the work God is doing as a result of your willingness to serve. Thank you for your leadership in Kansas City and beyond. 

 

Joanna Krenk: Servant Leader

Joanna Krenk

“Stop thinking. We spend way too much time thinking. So stop thinking and analyzing, be quiet, listen to God, and do what he tells you to do.”

That’s Joanna Krenk. 

As a Team World Vision runner, triathlete (soon to be Ironman), fundraiser, volunteer, team leader, and Detroit 6K site host, Joanna has put her money where her mouth is, doing what God asks her to do.

What makes Joanna so awesome is not only her individual commitment to providing clean water to kids in Africa, but also her desire to serve God through serving her team. “I feel close to God when I’m out there cheering people on or putting together an event where I know other people are going to benefit,” she said. 

It’s why when you ask her about a highlight of her experience on Team World Vision that she’ll tell you stories about other runners crossing their finish lines. It’s why she’ll humbly downplay her role in recruiting 450 people for the World Vision 6K in Detroit. It’s why she has willingly managed spreadsheets and details in the background, and has sat out a marathon season herself in order to be a volunteer leader. It’s why she talks about her team as a family that can never be too big. And it’s why the declining number of people in need of clean water is what keeps her motivated most of all.

As her teammate Billy Downs said: Joanna, your steadfast commitment to serving others is incredible. You have chosen a path of prayer, obedience, and excellence in your passion to help others soar beyond their wildest dreams! Your generosity overflows as you repeatedly put your own needs behind the needs of others around you. 

That pretty much sums it up. Thank you, Joanna.

PS: Joanna recently published a weekly Triathlon training devotional book. Check it out

Judi Tschappat: “Where can you use me?”

Judi TschappatJudi ran the Chicago Marathon with Team World Vision in 2012. And although she wanted to run again the following season, a knee injury prevented her from signing up. That’s exactly when she approached her team captain and said, “I want to help with the team. Where can you use me?”

Judi became the group run volunteer coordinator and cheer team leader extraordinaire for the group run site in Algonquin, Illinois. Even now, three years later, Judi is still at the running site every Saturday at 6 AM with her two young girls, Maggie and Emma, cheering on her teammates.

Every person at that group run has been touched by having Judi and the girls out on the trail and the race course, leading cheer squads for when the going gets the toughest.

In her words: “All I really do is show up. God created me kinda ‘over the top’ with the gift of encouragement, so He simply put Team World Vision in front of me so He could use the gift He gave me.”

Thank you, Judi, for serving your team so selflessly.