Des Moines Metro resident, Dr. Marty Hove, has qualified for the 2018 Boston Marathon and will be running to raise money to directly benefit the children of Jonathan's House for Orphans of Central African Republic. Engineered Per4mance is teaming up with Marty to help his fundraising efforts. As many of you know, Hannah and I are adopting from this orphanage and we have seen first hand how far a dollar goes in Central African Republic. In keeping with our mission of physical health, the funds from this run will be used to build the FIRST EVER playground at the on site school in Sibut. Our goal for this fundraiser is $10,000. This money would allow for the playground equipment to be built in Bangui and transported to Sibut.
The political and social climate in Central African Republic is dire. Jonathan's House offers a sanctuary to the most in need children on the planet. Offering food, shelter, education, and love, the orphans find this little hill in the middle of the country to be their path to a new beginning.
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We want to personally thank each of you for your support as we back Dr. Marty and the JHO community in solidarity in the belief that every child deserves an education, a family, love, and a life of opportunity, regardless of what continent you live on. By donating to this cause you are standing with us and we can't thank you enough.
Joey and Hannah Glenn, Marty and Keri Hove, Carter Strand, JHO director
Future location of the JHO playground
Meet Dr. Marty Hove & Learn why he is running for JHO
"My name is Marty Hove. I am 40 years old and live in West Des Moines, Iowa. By day, and some nights, I am an anesthesiologist. I have been living and practicing anesthesia in the Des Moines area since 2009. I am married to the woman of my dreams Keri. My 3 children are Estella (12), Kellen (10), and Ayla (7). I regularly attend Valley Church in West Des Moines. At Valley Church, I am involved with the children's ministry as a small group leader, and I occasionally play guitar in the worship band. My faith has always been important to me, and it has really grown over the past 7 or 8 years.
Around June of 2016, I started to realize that age 40 was soon approaching. I was still holding onto the post-college weight gain (when ample time to work out is suddenly erased by real responsibility). I also had the sympathy weight from 3 of my wife’s pregnancies. Multiple attempts at establishing an exercise regimen resulted in really expensive, no longer valid, gym membership cards in my wallet. I decided to give running a try. I hated running. But, all you needed was a pair of shoes and a road. No gym memberships…flexible schedule…perfect. After running my first 1 1/2 mile workout, much slower than I thought I was capable of, I was near death. I sat on the couch, half sick, the rest of the day. I made a pact with myself. I was going to run 5-6 days a week no matter what, and I was going to be under a certain weight by the day I was 40…or die trying. Gradually, running became enjoyable. I felt great. It was a wonderful way to unwind. Every run became a unique adventure to me. I was hooked. About 9 months later, a good friend and running buddy tried to talk me into running a marathon. I resisted at first. He persisted and I caved. In mid-June 2017, Keri and I (couldn’t have done any of this without the overwhelming support of my wife) drove up to Duluth, Minnesota and I ran in Grandma’s Marathon. By God’s grace, I ran way faster than I thought I would and put up a Boston Marathon qualifying time.
Running, for me, has provided a way for me to connect to God. I frequently pray when I run, sometimes for help with the run and sometimes on any matter of subject. Other times I just enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. I am certain that if it were up to me, there is no possible way that, in less than 1 year, I go form barely able to run 1 1/2 miles to qualifying for the Boston Marathon. God has given me a gift. Remembering the verse 1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”, I thought about how I could use my running to serve others.
This April, I am running the Boston Marathon to raise money and awareness for Jonathan’s House orphanage in Central African Republic (CAR). My running adventure started right around the time our friend Abbey started the adoption process of 2 girls from Jonathan’s House. Keri and I heard the stories of conditions in CAR and the needs at Jonathan’s House. James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” We prayed for and sought out ways we could help. After deciding to run Boston, I wondered if we could use it towards this end. God willing, with the support of the people at Jonathan’s House, Acts 2 Collective, and anyone willing to pray, donate, or spread the word, we all have an opportunity to bring light into a dark corner of the world."
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