The Earth Expedition

In my undergrad days I was not nearly as concerned with academics as I was with being a college student. I loved being the class clown and I loved hanging out, writing and singing music. I hated work but I loved playing soccer. During one of my college soccer seasons I actually made the all-region team, which was a pretty good accomplishment, I think. Anyways, one of my team and classmates was a fellow by the name of Daren Wendell. If you listen to K-Love, perhaps you've heard his name recently--he just did an interview with them.

A couple of years ago, Daren rode across the United States on a bicycle. While this was an odd goal of his, he also used it as a time to do ministry. Well, now, Daren has more than one-upped himself, he has fifty-upped himself. I say this because Daren is planning The Earth Expedition. His plan is that in less than 60 days from now, he will embark an a 7-year walk around the globe. But he's not just doing it for kicks. His goal is to raise both worldwide awareness of the aids and water pandemic in Africa, as well as to raise money for that cause. Thus, %100 of his proceeds will go the Blood:Water mission.

I would encourage you to take a few short minutes out of your day to check out his site and see what it's all about. This is fascinating stuff. And we should not only pray for Daren (he has calculated that there is a %99.9 chance that he will get mugged at least once) but for the cause as well. Who knows, you might even be able to help Daren as he treks through your neck of the woods. So, please, take this plug for my old pal and teammate to heart. Give his site a visit and his cause some support.


  1. Hey man, I love what you wrote... I appreciate it.... I also love the guy that reads it to you... Thats good stuff. I might have to steal some of that action. Thanks my friend, I will be in touch with you soon. Thanks, D

  2. This is really cool, Michael. Thanks for bringing Daren and his cause to our attention. Having lived in Bulgaria for almost 7 years, I have a few friends in that part of the world. I'll try to let people in Austria, Hungary, and Romania know about this so that we can help get some lodging set up. I also know some people who used to live in Russia (Moscow). They might have contacts farther east as well.
    God bless you, Daren. Thanks for being bold and for raising money and awareness for the needy in Africa!