Monday, July 30, 2012

Badwater 2012

"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" Hebrews 11:1.
Badwater 2012
It is Monday July 16th, 2012 at 6am, the journey starts. It is difficult, and sometimes I felt that's an understatement. Emotions flooded my heart as we started. Here I am, a complete rookie, standing at the start line with some of the most amazing people from all across the world. Lots ahead of us that we will face: heat, dehydration, weakness, complete exhaustion, and pain. Pain that lingers for a very long time! But despite all that, looking at the cross and the blood shed on the cross, I found much comfort and peace. Remember what God promised, Trust him and He will give you the ability to get it done.
It's in the suffering that we grow in our character. We get to experience Christ working in us, transforming our character, enabling us and sustaining us in every way possible. Ahhh... to let go, completely, and let him be the driver. I kept thinking," I got the easy job here, all I got to do is lift my foot up, and He'll move it forward".
Badwater was one of the most incredible experiences I ever went through, life transforming in every way. I pray the message lives and prospers: In choosing the difficult path, we are allowed to grow. Every step of the journey will shape and strengthen your character. 
It is Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 2:08am, the journey stops.
Badwater 2012. Levi Rizk. M28. Time: 44:08
Support crew: Mandy Rizk (crew chief, and the love of my life), and Matt Kracht (Butch, seems like the guy you meet on the run, and remains a close friend for life)

Some pictures below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUq5zvJDeg0

2012 Badwater: I'm Running Badwater interview
www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3b_MEntOLU

Saturday, July 14, 2012

On our way to BADWATER!

Hello everyone :) from Dallas airport. We are waiting for our connecting flight to Las Vegas; where we have a full day of pre-race preparations planned. Please continue to pray for our safe arrival and rest. We will get a SUV or a really cool van at the airport and then head out to Death Valley, eeekkkk I hate even typing it...DEATH VALLEY. It sounds so gut wrenchingly dreadful. Anyhow..looking forward to the Rizk it all including our lives adventure :) thank you tremendously to all of you for your prayers and funds supporting Love-N-Care ministries in motivating Levi to do the badwater race. Please check out Love-N-Care ministry website to see all the amazing work being done for the unfortunate children and people across the world. So much love...chat soon. Levi and Mandy http://www.lncministries.org/