VOLUNTOURISM: MORE HARM THAN GOOD
“ In 2010, $211.77 billion was spent on international volunteering, creating an industry devoted to the volunteer’s personal experience.”
For those that have a heart for mission trips and charity work please read this article and it’s stats. I’ve witnessed first hand going on mission trips that literally cost thousands upon thousands of dollars to partake in just to have an “experience.” I’ve often times left mission trips unsatisfied because although I may have been an inspiration for a moment it didn’t aid in helping their solution long term. The kids see volunteers come through all the time which further co…nfuses them and doesn’t help the overall need only so I could satisfied my own “need.”
A Better World starts with YOU!
The VA Vegan Athlete brand – founder Jason P. Lester is an Ultra-Endurance Athlete, author, winner of ESPN’s ESPY Award “Best Male Athlete” and Vegan.
Lester is the creator of such boundary breaking endurance events as the EPIC5™ Challenge, who has tackled such adventures as running 1,000 miles and Biked 4,000 miles across the United States in 102 days for Nike’s “Journey for a Better World.” Never short of epicness, Lester has run 3,550 miles across the United States in 72 consecutive days and most recently ran 2,600 miles along The Great Wall of China becoming the first person to run the wall – solo – in a single attempt. Lester completed such epic adventures on a 100% plant-based diet.
“What gave me the inspiration to launch the (VA) brand? My mission has always been to “Be Better.” We at VA Vegan Athlete are taking a stance and living by example. We are the brand that is out to make an everlasting impact within our families, communities and ourselves.” www.VeganAthlete.life
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New Mind-blowing Experiment Confirms That Reality Doesn’t Exist If You Are Not Looking at It
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him.
He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the… church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek”…. The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up….. and started walking down the aisle…..the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….
then he recited “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning…many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame…. he then said….Today I see a gathering of people…… not a church of Jesus Christ.
The world has enough people, but not enough disciples…when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week……. Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It’s something you live by and share with others.
Jason Lester partners with Mission_&_Mantra to launch the Limited Edition “The GREAT WALL” bracelet
This mission was used as a platform to bring awareness and support to help fight malnutrition in kids.
Dr. Nugent Explains the Jason Lester M5M Run Product Kit
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Maximize Your Workouts Like Jason Lester
Jason Lester pushes his body to the absolute limits, and he does it while following a strict plant-based diet plan. As a vegan for many years, Jason is acutely aware of not only what his body needs and when it needs it, but also of the importance of nutrition in its purest, most natural form.
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You will not achieve #Greatness by taking the easy route in life.
There is no book, manual, class or similar that will teach you more in life then taking – The Road Less Traveled. If you want to release the beast within you are going to have to suffer – and suffering is the one thing people dislike the most. When you are challenged beyond belief your body and mind grows to elements that will not return to its original state. When you continously go Next Level you are stretching your mental capability to elements that allow you to supersede it’s previous stage.
STOP playing around with weak sauce. Every single CHAMP1ON in this world completely annihilated their body and mind in training so that when it became game time – it is the Victory lap.
STOP saying you “Can’t” and start saying “I Will”. People flip cars, swim across islands, run across countries, are undefeated – have never lost a race! … Yes You Can.
((( It is all in your head )))
You don’t have it because you don’t really want it. You dream about wanting it – but you won’t put in the work to win that dream. You’ve let others doubt you, fear paralyze you, told you are to young to old too fat too skinny you’re not experienced enough …
Be your own hero.
Be your own cheerleader.
Be your own inspiration.
It’s your journey your life your mission your DREAMS others will not understand your drive. Your addiction. Your hustle. Your desire for greatness and guess what?
It’s You vs- You. You are your biggest fan and your biggest weakness. Put together a plan and DOMINATE it. Crush it, smash it, look at that plan like it’s trying to kill you and completely annihilated it.
And that’s when you will find your true Greatness. – jpl
An EP1C Christmas – HAPUNA100 Endurance Run
Christmas eve my buddy Caleb Says “Jason I’ve attempted to run 100 miles on Hapuna Beach 19x in the past 3yrs. My best is 67 miles. I either don’t have the right nutrition, right team to support me or mother nature took its toll. Everyone I tell my dream is to run 100 miles on the most amazing beach – either calls me crazy, I’m over doing myself or I should try something a bit easier for my first 100″
Me: Grab your gear and supplies and meet me at the lab. 1pm we had HAPUNA100 hats made. 2pm stocked the ice chest with ALL plant based food. 3pm reached Hapuna. 4pm we started on what would be one of the most epic 30hrs of my running career. 100 miles in the sand, 30hrs non stop with thousands on the beach cheering us on. Caleb has finally conquered his first 100 miler. With his 13 yr old son, Caleb jr. as our crew chief we ran through the night under the stars with waves crashing just feet away ALL to celebrate the birth of Christ.
NEVER STOP going after your dreams. It takes one person to believe in you and sometimes that one person is – You.
HAPUNA100 in the record books.
Ultra-endurance athlete Jason Lester ran 72 hours and 216 miles non-stop (no sleep ) to support Christmas for kids “CHA11ENGE Endurance Run”
Instead of a mad dash for the latest holiday sale, one Kona man challenged to himself and others to run for a good cause: to bring every keiki in need a gift for Christmas through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Endurance athlete and 2009 ESPY Award Winner Jason P. Lester ran for 72 hours straight to raise awareness for children in need in his community and raise money to buy them gifts for Christmas.
Lester shares his reason for running to give back to kids in Kona, he is inspired to run in honor of his dear friend Kaleo Opiopio, who lost his fight to cancer.
The Great Wall Run reaches Washington, DC
My partner MET-RX put on an amazing celebration ceremony here in Beijing and coordinated a special guest to honor myself and my team. Judith Heumann Special Advisor for International Disability Rights and Daniel Delk Embassy of the United States flew in from Washington DC for APEC and surprised our guest.
In my heart I knew the Great Wall Run would be used as a platform to not only inspire China – but inspire the world that we must break down barriers. That every single person in this world deserves equal opportunity despite their challenges, living conditions or current situation. Every kid MUST have equal rights for an education. Every Veteran MUST have equal rights on care.
And the facts are – they are not. And there are countries that shy away, hide and disregard these amazing souls as if they are non existent.
I will dedicate myself and my platform to aid in making a difference in this unfortunate not acceptable truth.
Jason Lester from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii sets a World Record by becoming the first person to run The Great Wall of China
Asked why The Great Wall. “The Great Wall of China is the most monumental structure build by mankind. My desire and ambition was and still is to honor and pay respect to China, it’s culture and those whom built the wall over 2000 years ago. My wish and hope is that this run has inspired many around the world and that they to would have an interest and appreciation for The Great Wall. This run was a team effort and I’m grateful and humbled by all that made this dream come true. To my team that assisted in making history – you are heroes.” When asked what was the most surprising and unexpected moment of this journey, Lester responded with; ”I’ve learned in 83 Days that this world functions off love and inspiration. I ran through hundreds of villages that the local people had never seen a foreigner before. At first they ran from me scared but as I reached out to shake their hand with a smile they wanted to learn more about me and why I was on their turf. Within minutes they would start to smile and then invite me into their homes for tea and food. I touched thousands of babies and our youth along this journey as I feel our youth are our future and hope. I spent many hours a day making sure I left a footprint so that those kids got to see that no matter what our circumstances we all have the ability to dream big and live those dreams. If you look at the over 10,000 photos we captured you will see this was not about Jason Lester. This wasn’t about being the first or any world record – this was about using my athletic gifts as a platform to Inspire others that this amazing journey we call life can be monumental. Running isn’t my purpose it’s my platform. I would run around the world in a blink of an eye if I knew it would allow others to Be Better for a Better World – and I’ve surrendered to doing just that. It’s my calling and I’m humbled and blessed to be called to such a role. I want to thank each and every one of my partners for believing in my mission to inspire 1.4 billion people in China. To all my friends, family and supporters – with a humbled heart and inspired spirit – thank you for answering the call to support.”
Lester partnered with a select number of companies that are in-sync with his beliefs and core values for the MI88ION: BE BETTER
可口可乐/维他命水（Coca Cola / Vitamin Water）
华住集团（Huazhu Hotel Group）
NEVER STOP 基金会（The NEVER STOP Foundation）