Theta Chi Fraternity and The Bridge Church staged its Tribal Run Aug. 2 on the Northwestern State campus to help raise support for an NSU graduate to teach in Africa.
April Lantz was a missionary intern in Niger last summer and is planning to return to the African nation later this month to teach 10th grade math and seventh/eighth grade science at the American International School of Niamey.
Racers were required to pay $10 for the 5K and one-mile fun run and were welcome to give more for the worthy cause.
“I’m about to go to Africa to teach for two years, so we decided to do a tribal run to raise support to go.”
A group of 28 people wore paint and raced in the event to help raise money for Lantz’s return trip. Sydney Frederick topped all racers with a time of 23:48.5.
“I love to run, so I was thinking, ‘How can I raise some money to go?’ and I just thought that a 5K would be great,” Lantz said. “So, I got some friends and we put this together.”
One of her friends, Steven Niette, was among the people to help Lantz and is planning to teach overseas one day as well.
“I’m planning on serving overseas one day, possibly as a teacher,” Niette said. “I’m not able to go right now, so it’s a privilege to help someone else go.”
While Lantz is going to teach, Niette pointed out that that important thing is to keep on serving God’s calling.
“April’s going to teach as a missionary, but something she always likes to point out is that being a missionary isn’t about going overseas or even being a teacher,” Niette said. “Being a missionary is about serving God wherever you are. So even if it means being a teacher at NSU, you can be a missionary just by loving people and speaking the truth.”