Run for the Village has the mission of bringing together a community to support the ministry of Eden Children's Village. The first annual Run for the Village 5K walk and run took place on July 25, 2009. Thanks to the combined efforts of Salem First Baptist Church, Pacers and Racers Running and Walking Store, and many other businesses and individuals, this race has now raised over $23,000 for Eden Children's Village in Mhangura, Zimbabwe.
Eden Children's Village serves children at risk in the Makonde District of Mashonaland West. It was founded in 2000 by Kevin and Susan Fry, who are Christian missionaries from Goshen, Indiana. This ministry was formed and is kept running by partnership between Christians in Zimbabwe and the United States. The village exists to serve AIDS orphans by providing spiritual, physical, emotional, medical, and educational support in a Christian family setting. Eden Ministries also provides a free medical clinic to people in the area as well as a school, Eden Christian Academy, which was formed in 2005. To learn more about Eden, the ministry taking place there, or ways you can get involved, visit, www.eden-ministries.org.