Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas in Haiti

I know a lot of people worked hard and gave of their time and money to be a blessing to the children of Haiti this Christmas season. Not only were your sacrifices a blessing for the children, and an encouragement to our team but we hope our efforts brought glory to God.

I received an email from the Funtecha's in Haiti who were very grateful and thankful for all that was given to the children. I also received some pictures of the children I thought I would share.

Thank you to all who were involved and a Happy New Year!


Running Log - Norman Peters

This post will cover the last three weeks of December together; due to the many holiday related events, schedule, and work, I was sooo busy and did not fit in any runs untill the 24th when I did a 5.1k run.

This past week, I was out of town visiting friends in Lucknow, ON (approx. 45 min. north of Kitchener); so on Monday, Dec. 27th I did a 5k run on snow covered country roads with shoulder surfaces that included straw and horse manure (Menonite country) using ice grips on my running shoes. The run included small and medium hills. I was accompanied by Justin Northey (9 1/2) for the first 3k's (making three very brief stops).

My "iRun because" for this week is... iRun because I ate broccoli and cauliflower.

May you have a Blessed New Year as you seek to bless Him.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Years Pancake Brunch for Haiti

The 100-Mile Mission team is preparing a pancake brunch fundraiser for New Years Day. It will be held from 11am-2pm on January 1st at St. Andrew's Hall in Caledonia.

St. Andrew's Hall is located at 173 Argyle St. North in Caledonia, across from the north end Tim Horton's. All proceeds will go to support the Manna Feeding Centre in Haiti.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from the 100-Mile Team!

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:11

Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

From all of us at 100-Mile Mission for Missions, thank-you for your prayers and support! God has greatly blessed!

-Abbey, Beracha, Caleb, Calvin, Connie, Hannah, Glen, Miranda, Norm, Peter, and Tim

Friday, December 10, 2010

Update from Haiti- Nov/Dec

Dear Brother and Sister in the Lord,

We do thank God for your constant prayers and financial help. We hope all of you are doing well.

This school year some of our academy students came late due to financial difficulties buying uniforms, books and etc.. Some parents asking us to give them considerations to let their kids attend their classes. However, considering that many of them our church goers. It is hard for us to refuse. Having these difficulties and not stopping the school operation. We are asking your prayers that God will supplies the needs.

After the earthquake, things became more expensive. Our teachers asked a considerations to pay them a little more. The Christian school is a good tool in Haiti reaching the children and the parents in the Lord. Although many Christian believed that Haiti is under God’s correcting process due to their fore-fathers covenant with evil spirit over 200 years ago. Meanwhile in our ministries, we saw a lot of conversion, baptism and kids in our academy grow up serving the Lord.

Our building project keep on going and hopefully we will finish by December. Since we do not have an engineer with this big project. I ended up working and supervising everyday. This help to speed the work and save some money to further the construction.

Since 3 months, we baptized 28 people. Our attendance was good. We project that we should extend the church auditorium very soon. We are excited how the Lord moves to our lives and to the ministries inspite of all difficulties in the country.

Please pray for incoming leaders to run the country next year. Last November 28, we had a presidential and legislative election but it turn out with massive cheating. We pray the Lord will intervene to stabilized the country.

This coming December our program are the following:

1. Giving gifts to all first time visitors.

2. Giving gifts to those who bring visitors.

3. December 15 is our school Christmas program and thanksgiving.

4. December 24-26 we will have church Christmas program activities.

5. December 31 we will have overnight prayers and consecration.

Finally, we covet your faithfulness in prayers and support until Christ return. We love you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2011. GOD BLESS.

In HIS name,
Leny and Marjorie Funtecha

Monday, December 6, 2010

March of the Penguins

The 100-Mile Mission Team has just sent a package of gifts to the Children's Home in Haiti. Included in the package were nearly 100 stuffed animals, tops, and toy cars.

Special thanks to Miss Lydia Wyatt, Mr. George Johnson, and Miss Kimberly Duarte for their hard work on this project.

Lydia crocheted nearly 60 penguins and mice like those in the above picture, working tirelessly for more than week.

Thanks again to all who contributed to help us show the love of Christ to the Haitian children this Christmas season!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Running Log - Norman Peters

This past week I was not able to run as I had expected in my last post due to a disruption in my sleep schedule. I did get out on November 30th for another 5.1k in preparation for today's 5k race.

The 100 Mile Team ran as a group and finished together. It was partially a sand trail which is always good to prepare for the trail race in May 2011.

Next week it's back to work again to increase my "continuous" distance (1k per week).

My "iRun because" for this week is... iRun because Christmas parties are coming


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Running Log - Norman Peters

I started out last week with a cold coming on and only managed a 2k run on Tuesday, November 23rd. But on Friday the 26th I broke the 5k threshold with my first sub-zero temperature run.

I also made use of my stopwatch and the 5.1k distance took me 0:36:45.59 (which works out to an average of 7:08.89 per kilometer).

Since next Saturday (December 4th) I am planning on participating in my first official race (5k), along with the 100 Mile Mission Team, this coming week I will have to get my last run of November and first run of December done by Wednesday night to give me at least three full days recovery before that race.

My "iRun because" for this week is... iRun because men don't skip.


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pancake breakfast.

We are in the midst of planning a Pancake breakfast for Jan. 1st. We may be able to have a fun run as well before the breakfast. We are just confirming the venue and details should be out soon. We will post them shortly. - Peter

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Poem I Wrote

Hi Everyone,

I was working in school on a poetry assignment and found Haiti an excellent topic to write about. Here is my sonnet about the Haitian children we are running to help.

Young boy - he’s just twelve, his house is a mess
Worn clothes hanging loose, fall off his shoulder
His look of sorrow, and deep dire distress
Cares for his siblings, since he is older.
Scavenging each day, supplying their needs
Just enough money to buy food to eat.
Brothers and sisters, their one meal he feeds,
No toys for Christmas nor shoes on their feet.
A makeshift family, struggling to live,
Father and Mother both killed in the storm.
Growing up quickly, although they’re just kids,
Wrapped up together to try to stay warm.
Living on the street as one, they do roam,
No one to love them or give them a home.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Running Log - Norman Peters

Hello everyone.

Because this is my first entry, I will do the whole month of October as an overview, plus the first half of November; please forgive the length.

Since I am 47 years (and 300+ days) old, and October was my first full month of training after approximately eight years of not running, I started out very slow.

My first "attempted" run was actually Saturday, September 25th with Peter, Caleb, and Beracha on a trail near the Scenic Drive stairs and I ran about .25k (that's a quarter kilometer) before needing a break.

For each training run after that, I started out running as far as I could (I call it a "continuous run") before taking a break; and then would run a block and walk a block after that.

For October I ran three times each week. October 1st was .3k and by the 31st was up to 2k (continuous run); the total distance of all twelve continuous runs was 12.5k (and with running/walking was 26.3k).

The increase in distance of one run over the previous run averaged .17k over the twelve runs (the biggest increase was .3k).

Beginning in November, I changed to a route that includes (small) hills (more like gradual inclines and declines).

In the first two and a half weeks of November, I have run six times; November 6th was 2.1k and today (the 20th) was 4.5k (continuous run). The total distance of continuous runs for these six is 18.9k (and with running/walking is 21.9k).

The increase in distance of one run over the previous run averaged .45k for these six runs (the biggest increase was .8k).

With these increasing averages and distances, I am noticing that a two day recovery may not be sufficient for me and I may have to go to a three day recovery cycle. Even so, if I can increase my distance by an average of 1k per week over the next 17-20 weeks, I would be up to 20k; leaving me a buffer of 18+ weeks to work on speed.

Also, I just got a new battery for my old digital watch which has a stopwatch function so I will start trying to get some time info going "soon".

Since September, I have been reading some of Peter's old runners magazines, one of which is iRun; one of their features is something called "iRun because" where people write a statement about why they run. Most are very inspirational (and serious). However, because I have a humorous streak, and sometimes lots of waiting time while on limo runs, I have come up with some of my own, which I plan on sharing when I make a post and hopefully make you chuckle (or at least bring a smile to your face).

Today I will do two to get started; the first "iRun because" is for the "young" runners; iRun because... I don't have (or need) a driver's license.

The second is iRun because... I have running shoes.


Saturday Breakfast

We had our second Saturday run and breakfast this morning. We ran 5-6.5k depending who you ask. It was a good run from Caleb's house and we had two guest runners this morning. Andy and Tim Wyatt came and supported us this morning. Thanks guys.

Caleb's mom made us breakfast after our run. If she is not careful, we may plan all our runs from Caleb's house. :) Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Knor, for hosting us. We had a good meeting to discuss defining our roles in our project and how we may better help the children in Haiti.

You may be wondering what happened to my running log, but I have a good excuse. I have had a bad hip as of late and have had to take a week off for some physio. It felt much better on this morning's run, so hopefully I can get back at it this week. - Peter

Monday, November 15, 2010

Running Log- Glen Cuthbert

Glen Cuthbert

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010

Location: Caledonia, Ontario

Duration: 31:27

Distance: 5 km

Group Run. Not bad for my first time running 5k. It was cold (-1) but once going didn't feel it. Sore the next day.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Road2Hope Runners Expo

We were privileged the past two days to be able to set up our display at the Road2Hope Runners Expo in Hamilton. Lots of runners from around Ontario, Canada, and the world were there to participate in the 1k, 5 k, 10k, or to register for the Hamilton Marathon (to be run tomorrow).

We made lots of great contacts, and if you're one of the people that we met there, thanks for taking the time to check us out.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hurricane Tomas bears down on Haiti

Last Updated: Friday, November 5, 2010 | 1:02 PM ET

A woman covers herself with a plastic sheet Friday as she walks in the rain brought by Hurricane Tomas at a camp set up for people displaced by the January earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.A woman covers herself with a plastic sheet Friday as she walks in the rain brought by Hurricane Tomas at a camp set up for people displaced by the January earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Ariana Cubillos/Associated Press)

Hurricane Tomas is lashing parts Haiti, bringing heavy rain to the island nation struggling to recover from a devastating earthquake that left more than one million people living in temporary shelters and camps.

The storm was updgraded to hurricane status Friday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

By 11 a.m. ET, the centre of the storm was passing between Haiti and southeastern Cuba, forecasters said.

Tomas had maximum sustained winds of about 130 km/h and some additional strengthening was expected, the hurricane centre said.

The hurricane was about 230 kilometres west of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, where heavy rain was falling.

In Leogane, a seaside town west of Port-au-Prince, rain and floods forced families to seek higher ground to avoid the surge of water.

The hurricane was about 230 kilometres west of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, where heavy rain was falling.

"Storm surge and winds will be a concern for the warned areas, but rainfall is the major threat for Haiti," said CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe, noting that heavy rain could trigger flash floods or landslides.

Local media reported that one man drowned while trying to ford a river in an SUV in the rural area of Grand-Anse, said civil protection official Pierre Andre. The hurricane had earlier killed at least 14 people in the eastern Caribbean.

Haitians urged to seek shelter

Authorities have urged people living under tarps and in tents to seek safer shelter, but many of the displaced say they have nowhere else to go. Others decided to stay in the camps out of fear they would lose their few possessions or be denied permission to return when the storm was over.

An earthquake survivor walks in the rain early Friday morning in a provisional camp in downtown Port-au-Prince. An earthquake survivor walks in the rain early Friday morning in a provisional camp in downtown Port-au-Prince. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Nigel Fisher, the United Nations humanitarian co-ordinator in Haiti, said those who choose to stay in camps in Port-au-Prince are vulnerable, even though the brunt of the storm is not expected to hit the city.

"We'll have rains today, quite heavy, so we expect some damage," he said.

People in the yard of a high school on the Delmas 33 thoroughfare said their camp's governing committee had passed along the official advice to leave, but they decided to stockpile water and tie down their tents instead.

Buses began circulating around the camps just after dark Thursday night to take residents away, but few were willing to go. Four civil protection buses that pulled up at a camp in the Canape-Vert district left with about five passengers on them.

"I'm scared that if I leave they'll tear this whole place down. I don't have money to pay for a home somewhere else," said Clarice Napoux, 21, who lives with her boyfriend on a soccer field behind the St. Therese church in Petionville.

They lost their house to the quake and their only income is the little she makes selling uncooked rice, beans and dry goods.


"I was talking to one mom earlier today who just had a newborn baby, three days old," said Sarah Jacobs, who works with the aid agency Save the Children. "She was extremely scared, she was showing me where water would come through the top of her tent, even when there was a mild shower."

Jacobs said the tents and shelters in camps that house an estimated 1.3 million people are "absolutely not hurricane proof."

Karen Robinson, the head of hurricane preparedness for World Vision in Haiti, said that many people are still scared to spend time in some buildings after watching so many structures crumble during the massive earthquake.

Robinson said World Vision has been encouraging people to leave the camps, but she said they are asking people who choose to stay to try and tie down temporary shelters and dig canals around tents.

The United Nations and relief organizations have been reaching out to donors to try and secure additional supplies. There are also concerns the hurricane could lead to more cases of cholera if flooding contaminates water supplies.

The storm is expected to cross over Haiti's southwestern tip then swirl through the strait that divides Haiti from Cuba.

Hurricane warnings have also been posted for parts of Cuba, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands.

With files from The Canadian Press

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Running Log- Caleb Knor

Caleb Knor

Date: Monday, November 1, 2010

Location: Hamilton, Ontario

Duration: 25:00

Distance: 5 km

Ran 5k. I feel pretty lame for saying this when I hear Peter is running so much, but I hear “slow and steady wins the race.”

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tropical storm Tomas races toward Haiti

Jamaica issues hurricane watch

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | 8:29 PM ET

Earthquake victims buy groceries at an improvised store in Camp Corail, north of Port-au-Prince, on Monday.  Earthquake victims buy groceries at an improvised store in Camp Corail, north of Port-au-Prince, on Monday. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Relief organizations in Haiti are scrambling to prepare as tropical storm Tomas swirls toward the island nation that is struggling to recover from January's devastating earthquake and a recent cholera outbreak.

A U.S. navy vessel, the amphibious warfare ship Iwo Jima, was steaming toward Haiti on Tuesday to be on hand to provide disaster relief in case tropical storm Tomas appears late in the week as forecast, possibly after strengthening again into a hurricane. The storm has already caused 14 deaths in the eastern Caribbean.

Aid groups are rushing to do what they can but are already short of supplies after dealing with the catastrophe inflicted by the Jan. 12 quake.

Tomas would be the first major storm to strike Haiti since the earthquake killed as many as 300,000 people and forced millions from their homes. It would also be the first tropical storm or hurricane to hit since 2008, when the storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike battered Haiti in the space of a month, killing nearly 800 people and wiping out 15 per cent of the economy.

Supplies needed: UN

Even before Tomas hits, there are shortages of 150,000 tarps as well as soap, hygiene kits, field tents, radios and oral rehydration salts for treating cholera, United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator Nigel Fisher said.

"We need emergency shelter. We need water and sanitation supplies," Fisher said.

Warehouses are being emptied of existing stocks of rope and tarps to help people in camps, said Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Piles of rubble and partially collapsed buildings from the quake still fill Port-au-Prince, the capital. Reconstruction is grinding along without promised aid funds, including $1.15 billion promised by the United States.

A woman walks by damaged power lines and infrastructure after tropical storm Tomas affected St. James parish, Barbados, on Saturday.A woman walks by damaged power lines and infrastructure after tropical storm Tomas affected St. James parish, Barbados, on Saturday. (Chris Brandis/Associated Press)

As of 8 p.m. ET, Tomas was in the central Caribbean with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Its centre was about 665 kilometres south-southwest of Port-au-Prince and moving west at 17 km/h.

Tomas is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours, and could eventually regain hurricane strength, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters said officials in Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic should monitor the storm's progress, because Tomas "could pose a significant threat to these areas later in the week."

Jamaica's government issued a hurricane watch Tuesday afternoon.

As a hurricane on Saturday, Tomas caused at least 14 deaths in a cluster of islands in the eastern Caribbean. St. Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves described the damage as "the worst we have seen in living memory." At least eight died in St. Lucia.

Tent cities at risk

In Haiti's refugee camps, many people said Monday that they didn't know Tomas might be coming, but there was little they could do living in flimsy shelters to protect themselves.

"I didn't know about [the storm]. Maybe somebody came by to say something yesterday when I was out," said Florence Ramond, a 22-year-old mother and food vendor who is living on the Petionville Club golf course in a refugee camp managed by actor Sean Penn's relief organization.

Even knowing, Ramond said, she could do nothing to secure her home, a shack made of tarp, wood and a tin door. The roof blew off in an unnamed Sept. 24 storm that ripped through the capital, killing at least five people and damaging thousands of tents.

"They always go around and tell us to tie the tarps up, but I don't have a rope," she said.

With files from CBC News


Manna Worldwide

http// Here is a link to a Manna Worldwide video. They are the organization we are teaming with to help children in Haiti. Please consider what you can do to help us help them. -Peter

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Running Log- Peter Burrill

Peter Burrill

Date: Oct 31
Distance: 6.25 Miles
Duration: 50;18
Route: River trail from home
Comments: Sunday morning run before church to get the weekly mileage up to 40. Cool morning but nice for running. Nice to see the sun rise while you are sweating up a storm.

Date: Oct 30
Distance: 6.25 Miles
Duration: 47:30
Route: Pittsburgh hotel treadmill (boring)
Comments: .5 m hard and .25m easy x 7. Felt not to bad from long run yesterday.

Date: Oct 29
Distance: 19 Miles
Route: Sudbury Ramsey Lake area
Comments: Cool day but nice run. 3C and cloudy.

Date: Oct 26
Distance: 8.5Miles
Duration: 1:09:15
Route: Fredericton, St. John River trail
Comments: Easy run to Grammie and Grammpie Silver's and back to hotel. Light rain and 7C a little miserable. Legs felt much better after a day off on Monday.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I Valued My Comfort More Than Their Pain

I read a thought provoking editorial in the Globe and Mail this morning, that may give us some insight into why some will refuse to get involved in the lives of those that experience agony and suffering. These comments were made in reference to the horrors inflicted by Russell Williams, but I think they can apply to the situation in Haiti. I have included a excerpt below for you to consider. We as the 100-Mile Team have decided that we will not "value our comfort more than their pain." Will you get involved? -Peter


by Paula Todd

From Monday's Globe and Mail

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Santa Shuffle 2010

It appears that we will be running our first race as a group on Dec 4th, 2010. We will be running the 2010 Santa Shuffle 5k in Burlington. If you would like to join us, please email us at and we would be glad to have you. Perhaps now is a good time to think about making a donation for the children in Haiti before we spend all our money on Christmas shopping. Despite the cost and criticism, what can YOU do?


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rick Ball

I had the chance to meet Rick Ball on Oct. 20th. What an amazing individual! He is a textbook example of what we can accomplish despite the obstacles we may face. During our meeting, he showed interest in our project, so maybe all of us may get a chance to meet this inspiring individual. Look up his web site to learn more of his story and athletic accomplishments.

- Peter

Friday, October 15, 2010

More Sponsors Join Team

The 100-Mile Missions team is pleased to announce that four more individuals/groups have decided to sponsor our project.

-The ladies of New Testament Baptist Church are planning a Mom-to-Mom Yard Sale, with proceeds going to 100-Mile Mission for Missions.

-Connie Peters is selling missions calendars. The calendars are $20 each, and proceeds will go to 100-Mile Mission for Missions.

-Theresa Metzger is making homemade greeting cards. They are available in small and large sizes. The small sizes are $1 each, or 12 for $10. The large sizes are $2 each, or 12 for $20. All proceeds will benefit 100-Mile Mission for Missions.

-The junior church ministry of New Testament Baptist Church is having a quarter drive to raise money for 100-Mile Mission for Missions.

Thank you to all that are participating and helping to support our mission!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

First Presentation a Success

The 100-Mile Mission Team made their first presentation this Sunday to the people of our home church, New Testament Baptist Church of Hamilton, Ontario. The presentation was a great success, as Peter challenged the congregation to "do what they can." The people caught our vision, and we had commitments totalling over $5,000. We have already raised 5% of our goal of $100,000 in just one church!

Our next presentation is this Friday and Saturday at the National Youth Conference at Bible Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Ontario.

Please pray that these people will also get behind us.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

100 Mile Mission T-shirts Now Available!

The 100 Mile Mission team is proud to announce that you can now purchase t-shirts to show your support for our mission.

The shirts are available in black and green, in the sizes S, M, L, and XL. They can be purchased for $15, or 2 for $25. To order, either contact us at, or stop by our table when we visit your church.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Project Decided!

Peter and Caleb have returned safely from Texas, and have presented their report to the 100 Mile Mission Team.

Based on that report, the 100 Mile Mission team has unanimously decided to partner with Manna Worldwide in the support of a feeding centre and school in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The feeding centre is run by Bro. Leny Funtecha, a veteran Filipino missionary who has been serving the Lord on the field of Haiti for over 15 years.

This feeding centre currently supports over 200 Haitian children who live in utter poverty. Every day, many more children line the gates and sit on the walls waiting anxiously for whatever food may be left over. It is our goal to run a 100-mile ultra-marathon and raise $100,000 to help Bro. Funtecha be able to increase the capacity of this feeding centre.

Manna Worldwide is a Christian organization that focuses on caring for impoverished children around the world. They are strategically fighting the GLOBAL GIANTS of DISEASE, POVERTY, ILLITERACY, and SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS.

For more information on Manna Worldwide, feel free to visit their website:, or email

Monday, August 30, 2010

Project to Be Decided Soon

The project that the 100 Mile Mission for Missions will be supporting has been unanimously agreed upon by all members of the board and now only needs final confirmation. Peter Burrill and Caleb Knor will be traveling down to Texas this week to meet with the directors of that project. Please pray that they will have a safe journey and that all will go well.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Blog Launched

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the website for the 100 Mile Mission for Missions. Over the course of the next year, we will be updating this blog with news, updates, progress reports, and hopefully on race day, live updates on how each runner is doing. Be sure to check back regularly as new content is added, including photos, videos, and interviews with the runners.