SRI LANKA

WHY OPEN DOORS?

Muskathlon
The Muskathlon is an ultimate endurance event at an extreme location, in order to raise maximum funds to fight injustice. The Sri Lanka Muskathlon will take place May 24 - June 2, 2018, out of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 4M organises this Muskathlon in partnership with Open Doors, supporting the persecuted church in Sri Lanka.

The story behind the Sri Lanka Muskathlon
This will be the second Open Doors Muskathlon in Asia, one of the regions that are hardest on Christians, globally. Radical hindu’s, Boddhists and communists are determined to eliminate the church in their country. In Sri Lanka and surrounding countries the church is under severe pressure. Christians are being beaten up, fired and driven away. Open Doors supports those Christians by bringing Bibles, training people and offering trauma relief counseling. Open Doors helps the underground church to stand strong in their persecution and hold on to the promise of life in God.

Sri Lanka Facts and Figures
21,6 million inhabitants
1,9 million Christians
Religion: Boeddhism

Muskathlon Event
Sri Lanka is known for its jungle and hilly terrain. The track leads partly over dirt roads through the mountainous area and partly over main roads. 

The Muskathlon week
During the Muskathlon-week you will be exposed to the raw reality of persecution. You will meet persecuted christians and hear their shocking stories first hand. Being a Christian in Asia is often followed by negative consequences. Discover how Asian Christians deal with the pressure of following Jesus in daily life. You will even spend the night with local Christians. You will visit a Christian church in the slums of Kanadula in a Buddhist environment and get to know the people that otherwise remain nameless faces on the daily news bulletins. Local pastors will share how they give their utmost to alleviate the need all around them. You will hear the live stories of persecuted Christians from India (who will fly to meet us). Also, you will visit Open Doors projects that are being sponsored through this Muskathlon.

The week program will look like the following (adjustments can be made)
- Saturday: arrival, teamtime
- Sunday: visit a church service of a church under pressure, lunch on project, inspirational session.
- Monday: visit local Christians, travel to Muskathlon area, meet local pastors, inspirational session, teamtime
- Tuesday: visit special program, funday full of sports and adventure with local children of persecuted churches, training session, inspirational session, teamtime
- Wednesday: devotion on beach, meeting Christians from India, day of rest and info for Muskathlon day.
- Thursday: Muskathlon Event and celebration
- Friday: closing inspirational session and testimonies and departure
- Saturday: travel day

Sri Lanka 24th May-2nd June 18

Choose your challenge 

- Half marathon (21 km/13 miles)

- Full marathon (42 km/26 miles)

- Ultra marathon (60 km/40 miles)

- Ultra walk (60 km/40 miles)

- Mountainbike (120 km/75 miles)

Language | This international Muskathlon is organised by 4M Netherlands in cooperation with Open Doors Netherlands. There will be English translation for all international pariticipants.

Deadline sign up | January 31, 2018.

MUSKATHLON WITH OPEN DOORS

Run, cycle or trek to support Christians facing extreme persecution. Meet survivors of persecution in Sri Lanka or Lebanon – you decide where to take your challenge.

PAMELA

Pamela took on the hiking challenge – she says: "It is life-changing. What started out as a fund-raising physical challenge ended up being a spiritual growth spurt."

COSTS

  • Trip costs: £1,900 (+ flights)

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP?

Included:

The costs of the Sri Lanka Muskathlon are £1,900, not including airfare to and from Colombo, Sri Lanka. This fee includes:

Preparation
Info-sessions (in Norway, Germany, UK and the Netherlands)
Coaching in raising funds and training for your Muskathlon

Muskathlon-week
Hotel accommodation, logistics and food during the Muskathlon week
Inspirational sessions for personal development
Team time
Exposure to the work of Open Doors
Medical care during the week
Training sessions Muskathlon Event
Muskathlon shirt or -jersey
Food and drinks during the Muskathlon Event
Medical care and coaching for the Event

  • Practical information
     - Your Muskathlon-adventure starts May 24, 2018 at Colombo airport. Your Muskathlon adventure ends June 2, 2018 at Colombo airport.
     - You need to book your own flight to and from Colombo. Please check your flight details with 4M before actually booking your flight in order to make sure to be present from the start of the Muskathlon week until the end of the week. It is not possible to leave early.
     - If by some reason out of the sphere of influence of 4M the airlines do not offer tickets at the given dates for the majority of the group, the dates and/or times of the Muskathlon can be changed by one day.
     - This Muskathlon is open for men and women.
     - At this Muskathlon you can participate in running (21, 42 or 63 km), walking (63 km) or cycling (120 km).
     - Costs for transportation of your bike are not included in the Muskathlon-fee.
     - The Muskathlon program will be held in Dutch; English translation will be available with a group of international participants.
     - Every Muskathlete commits to raise £10.000 for the work of Open Doors.
     - When you register you receive a personal profile at www.muskathlon.com, you can raise your funds through the website.
     - At registration you pay £100.
     - 6% of all funds raised is used to cover operational costs for the Muskathlon.

YOUR TRAINING

We advise you take your training seriously due to the distances and increased altitude involved. We have professional support on board so we'll be sending this to you if required. We will send out training programs and be running training days when you are signed up.


 

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