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"PASTOR TO RUN 10 MILES FOR
ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH"
"Eat, Pray, Run..."
part 1 -
National Adoption Awareness Month, and on Sunday, November 28th, the
Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong will do something about it. After he finishes
preaching his two morning services, Pastor Armstrong plans to run (from
2PM-4PM) the twelve mile stretch from Princeton to Trenton to raise
awareness about the need for more adoptive families in general, but
especially about the need for more black adoptive families.
deserves a loving, caring home in which they can thrive," said the Rev.
Armstrong who is Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, a 130+ year old house
of worship in Trenton.
"It pains me
to know that children of all races and nationalities will languish and
even grow-up in foster care or state placement, longing for a family
with whom to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holidays. The pain
is even more acute when I look at the statistics and realize that the
odds against black children, especially black males, being adopted are
so much greater than any other racial grouping in America," says
"This is an
epidemic, because it is highly probable that those same black male
children who do not get adopted, will one day populate homeless
shelters, get sucked into the vortex of crime, and feed America's
military-industrial complex. We must change this trend!"
himself a product of Los Angeles County's child protective service
system, is a ardent and vocal child advocate who is committed to raising
awareness about the world's abused, abandoned, neglected and displaced
He is founder
of the National Association of Foster Children, Inc. and Board Chair of
the Shiloh Community Development Corporation (SCDC), both of which are
501(c)3 non-profits working to prevent child abuse by strengthening
will start his run on the steps of Miller Chapel, which is on the campus
of Princeton Theological Seminary. He will conclude the run on the steps
of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton. He'll wear an official Olympic
jogging suit and carry an official Olympic Torch, both of which he
received in 2001 when he was chosen to be an Olympic Torchbearer for the
2002 Winter Olympic Games.
He is seeking
individual and corporate sponsors to sponsor a motivational book which
will be given to foster children throughout the region. The book
entitled, "Snapshots of a Foster Child" is an auto-biographical look at
Armstrong's life growing up in foster-care and kinship-care in Los
Angeles and how he and his three younger brothers were all displaced
from their mother and never reunified nor adopted. He plans to do FREE
workshops and seminars with youth in placement about the emotional and
psycho-social issues they deal with by being in care!
System and the Trenton Marriott are among several organizations and
individuals who have already sponsored dozens of books. Armstrong is
asking individuals and corporations to sponsor a book per mile.
"This run is
both about raising adoption awareness as well as building bridges
between Princeton and Trenton. There is a divide between Princeton and
Trenton and I want to help bridge it," said Armstrong.
well positioned to be a bridge-builder between the two communities. In
March, 2010 he marked his tenth year of leading his Trenton congregation
and in May, 2010, he was elected the first non-Presbyterian member to
the Board of Trustees at Princeton Theological Seminary.
You can sponsor a book for a foster/pre-adoptive
youth by purchasing on-line at
Ntl. Adoption Awareness Month...www.VirGenice.org"