Several years ago, our church sent a group of people to a tiny country inside the borders of South Africa called Lesotho. I had never heard of Lesotho. It turns out that it’s one of the poorest countries in Africa. If you’re born there, you can expect to live a measly 42 years. Our little church group went there to visit an orphanage called Beautiful Gate, and we haven’t looked back since.

Since that first trip, we’ve sent more groups to Africa, and raised a lot of money for Beautiful Gate. It’s a ministry that God has given us to grow, and it has made its way into the hearts of just about everyone in our community. You may recall my portrait session with Brenda. She spent almost a year living at Beautiful Gate. Now Brenda is part of a team of people organizing the Beautiful Run in Redlands on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Beautiful Run is part of a larger Beautiful Africa campaign designed to raise money to pay for food and supplies for the Beautiful Gate orphanage. Mark Leonard Imaging is proud to be the official photographer for the event. If you have an itch to walk or run for children in Africa, check out the Beautiful Run in Redlands.

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