Captain For Lifesong Ethiopia

About Lifesong Ethiopia

Team ZAT is a group of people brought together by two common interests:  A love (or toleration) of running and a desire to help the least of these.  We will all be running the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2013 to raise money and awareness for children in need within the communities of Ziway and Adami Tulu, Ethiopia (Ziway + Adami Tulu = ZAT).  Your donation will go towards the Ethiopia child sponsorship program, providing education, medical care, two meals per day, love and HOPE to children enrolled in the Ziway/Adami Tulu schools.  Not only will kids be physically cared for, but they will be lovingly taught of their great worth in God's eyes.  Help us feed families spiritually through the message of hope and empowerment, aiming to keep families together in Ethiopia.


Rest assured knowing that 100% of your tax deductible donation goes directly to work in Ethiopia.  No administrative fees will be deducted and, due to a generous corporate sponsor, even Paypal fees will be covered.

To give the gift of sponsorship to a specific child, click here

And to learn more about our work in Ethiopia and around the world, visit Lifesong for Orphans

Captain Details

Hi there.  I guess you could call me Captain of this crazy team. Mr. T and I have been married for nearly 17 years and together we have five children, ages 3 to 9. Two of my children were adopted from southern Ethiopia (I bet you can't guess which ones), not too far from Ziway & Adami Tulu. Adopting my boys and my trips to Ethiopia has forever changed me and opened my eyes wide to God's desire for me to love others outside of my own little world, outside of my comfort zone.  Creating this team and running this marathon is one small way I can do that, and give back to a beautiful country that has blessed me so richly. This will be my first marathon and I'm petrified excited. 

Would you consider donating $.50, $1 or $2 per mile I run?  I am so thankful for your support.  It will not only change lives in Ethiopia, but will likely be the only thing keeping me joggling running to that 26th mile.

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Donations To Captain

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Name Gift Date Amount Comment
Captain 2/15/2013 $52.40 $2 for each mile to run, which equates to supporting one child for almost 3 months. Let's get this party started!
Lori Stark 4/17/2013 $50.00 You go, girl! Love your heart. Love this cause!
Martha Schroeder 4/17/2013 $52.00
Anonymous 4/17/2013 $30.00 Good luck Shonda!!! Way to support the fatherless!:)
Kevin & Renee Kramer 4/17/2013 $26.00 Our family is happy to sponsor you, Shonda! Kayla and Steven are contributing some of their own money, and Kevin and I are pitching in as well. God bless you!
Emily Hekman 4/17/2013 $52.40 You amaze me! Break A Leg...I mean...Good Luck!
Maria Lasca 4/17/2013 $26.00 Love that you're doing this! Good luck!
Buitenwerf Family 4/17/2013 $26.00 Just don't ask us to run.
Kendall Burgess 4/17/2013 $26.20 You are going to do awesome. I wish I could do more! I gave the 20 cents because trust me that last .2 miles is a killer and it really needs credit too. Good luck!!
Dennis and Carrie Moore 4/18/2013 $50.00
Rebecca Cooney 4/18/2013 $50.00
allison davis 4/19/2013 $15.00
Anonymous 4/19/2013 $20.00 Good luck!! I'm amazed by your continuous effort and good work.
Captain Murdock 4/22/2013 $25.00 Thank you Brandi for the cash you handed me at church yesterday and for your soft heart and kind words.
Anonymous 4/22/2013 $50.00 can't think of a sweeter reason to run. love you to pieces.
Paige Boyer 4/22/2013 $20.00
Anonymous 4/22/2013 $20.00
Anonymous 4/22/2013 $100.00 Excited for you! Way to go!
Anonymous 4/25/2013 $39.00 Thanks for this opportunity.
Anonymous 5/6/2013 $100.00 What a great cause! I love that you are doing this. lots of love from one of your blog fans.
Connie Pearson 5/7/2013 $100.00 I am so proud of the work you are doing unto the Lord. May God richly bless this endeavor and fund many many children. Love Ya!!
allison davis 5/14/2013 $5.00 Happy birthday shonda!
Jeretta Hays 5/15/2013 $20.00 HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHONDA!
Tesi Klipsch 5/15/2013 $20.00 Happy birthday, Cap't. Love you!
Kari Davis 5/15/2013 $50.00 Happy Birthday! Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for being willing to do hard things :)
Shiloh 5/15/2013 $10.00 Happy birthday lady!! I'll leave the adjective out:)
Anonymous 5/15/2013 $26.00
Misty Alexander 5/24/2013 $100.00 For Kindergarten Graduations....
Erin Maxwell 5/31/2013 $30.00 Happy birthday, seester!! Sorry it's late :)
Beth Yust 6/3/2013 $30.00 Happy Birthday!! I'm going to have to repeat Erin - Sorry it's late!!
Anonymous 6/8/2013 $25.00 * Thank you B&D for the card, kind words & donation. You are a true blessing to our family!
Anonymous 6/8/2013 $100.00 * Thank you JQ for the very generous donation!!!
Jeretta Hays 6/17/2013 $20.00 Happy Birthday Mr. T
Connie Pearson 6/18/2013 $50.00 Happy Birthday Travis!! Proud of you two!
Anonymous 9/9/2013 $500.00 Thank you for all that you do, and for allowing us an opportunity to be a small part. Love your heart.
Rachel Chiles 9/12/2013 $24.00 Good luck Cap't! Can't wait to see all our kiddos out there running for other children in Ethiopia!
Mighty Oaks 9/23/2013 $163.55 Hot lunch fundraiser
Karen Roos 10/3/2013 $20.00 Very proud of you Shonda! Good luck on the big day!
Heather Milligan 10/6/2013 $376.45 Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Go Girl!!
Jennifer Bartels 10/8/2013 $52.00 "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Allison Wright 10/10/2013 $53.00 This is so awesome, Shonda. I'm just glad God is allowing us to play a small role in helping those kids in Ethiopia. Praying for you this weekend (and for Travis and the kids.)
Anonymous 10/21/2013 $400.00 Hi. I found you through a FB post from Sarah Deem. (so you're not wondering who the heck this is.) I don't have kids myself, but I like to support families when I'm able. Many blessings to your growing family.
Anonymous 10/22/2013 $500.00