For two years, Kris Litman has been swimming, riding, running and singing to end world hunger. But this triathlete motivates others too, including pastors in the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod.
Last spring, Bishop Martin D. Wells challenged pastors to get pledges for miles walked during May. The ELCA Board of Pensions
provided the pedometers. Wells good-naturedly told them: “I look forward to logging more miles than the rest of you and taking home the bragging rights!”
Litman, former director of youth and family ministry at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
, Mount Holly, N.C., raised more than $5,000 for World Hunger
last year (January 2007, "Racing for hunger
"), and more than $31,000 this year, including donations from the concert he gave at Trinity Lutheran Church
, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, just days before he participated in the June 24 Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
For the record, Wells walked 72 miles and claimed bragging rights over only two of the 11 other pastors who walked. Together they raised more than $14,000 in the synod.
Litman took up a new challenge after the race: learning Greek. He’s beginning studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary
, Columbus, Ohio.