Stan Cottrell Reflects On Orphans

Stan Cottrell At Home – Speaks Of Orphans

Small Ethiopian Orphaned Boy Follow Me on Pinterest “I shared with several people in the last few days…including the President of Ethiopia…that if we never had another orphan in the world…in 18 years and less…this vast audience of 143 million orphans will have entered into the world beyond the walls of orphanages and special living environments. They will be on the streets. What we pour into them is what they will pour back our to society”… as Stan Cottrell paused and continued:

“We must light hope in their souls…their perceptual world…even as we provide necessities, education, life skills training… We must pour into them our influence, affluence, genuine caring and reasons to hope. Life’s circumstances beyond their control have rendered them a label of ‘Orphan’. It is up to us to help them establish in their development process and understanding and belief that they are significant… that they were not some mistake unnoticed by God…that they have unique talents the world needs, they are needed, they have a future….”

Meet A President For Orphans

Stan Cottrell’s Meeting With Ethiopia’s Beloved President Girma

Ethiopia President with Mickey, Jerry, Stan, Tekeste, Zebider Follow Me on Pinterest

Ethiopia President, Girma Weidegorgis, with Mickey Grant, Dr. Jerry Spencer, Stan Cottrell, Tekeste Girma, Zebider Zewdie

The entire story of the meeting with the President of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Girma Weidegorgis, on Saturday, June 15th is like something out of Fantasy Island … with Zebider Zewdie, Founder and Executive Director of the Mary Joy Development Association, described by Stan Cottrell as “The Mother Theresa of the 21st Century”Tekeste Girma, Public Relations Director for the Ethiopia Chamber of Commerce, Managing Editor of African Views Magazine and a genuine humanitarian… with our team of Dr. Jerry Spencer, filmmaker Mickey Grant, and Friendship Sports and GGFR Founder and Good Will Ambassador, Stan Cottrell.

“We speak in future tense about making a difference…
Well, in that day, the difference was ignited….”
Stan Cottrell regarding the June 15, 2013

meeting with President Girma of Ethiopia

Stan Cottrell’s Ethiopia Run Excitement June 10-13

Stan Cottrell’s Runs And Media -Addis Ababa

Baboon Follow Me on Pinterest June 10 – Excitement In The Ethiopian Jungle

Today was a day of running in exotic places, with such rich vegetation and amazing animals that the film will delight the most demanding adventure traveler… But Stan’s  awesome Ethiopian journey into the mountains and jungles held its “natural” excitement for him, too… such as having to throw rocks at the hippos coming out of the water after him to drive them back!… Then there was the big baboon… protecting his 3 wives and numerous offspring… The baboon actually picked up a huge boulder and threw it down at Stan and Mickey! Good thing Stan can run … Nature is beautiful, but the natural can be scary!

June 11 – Monsoon Sends Stan Back To Addis

Ethiopia Run Reflections In Addis Ababa

Stan Cottrell Returns To Ethiopia’s Capital

Map of Ethiopia Follow Me on Pinterest June 9: Back in Addis Ababa

“We are back in the nation’s capital, back up to 8,500 feet from the 5,500 feet in Awassa. Jerry Spencer has been wonderful, and his wife, Shirley will be providing some photos for our Facebook photo albums.

We brought our driver/guide, Zacharia, to Addis to direct and follow us the next 8 days. Mickey and I have such a bond with this man. He is brilliant… saavy, and knows this world up here like the back of his hand as well… In every country, we need a guide who also serves as part of our security and supply wagon…

This has been perhaps my most amazing journey ever … but we expect even greater experiences here the next few days.”

“I am now back in Addis after returning from Awassa. The Great Global Friendship Run is unveiling itself in ways I never dreamed possible. The enthusiastic support of all levels in that region will be viewed by people all over the world. In my 35 years of running throughout the world…nothing like the Ethiopian experience has ever taken place before.” – Stan Cottrell

Feeding The Hungry In Ethiopia

June 8 GGFR Launch – Feeding Body And Soul

Hungry Orphan in Ethiopia at launch of GGFR Follow Me on Pinterest Stan Cottrell:  “I am humbled being part of feeding over 6,000 starving people who are the faces of poverty unlike anything we in the USA can comprehend nor imagine exists… such poverty everywhere (40% of the population), hopelessness, where we seek to bring a ray of hope and real help….”

“I am seeing thousands of the most poverty-stricken people I have ever encountered… One man paralyzed from the waist down crawling on the ground with an old pair of flip flop shoes on his hands pulling himself on the ground… Most will never encounter starvation and poverty like I witnessed…”

“I thought of Jesus feeding the hungry…
the sick, lame, paralyzed….”

Official GGFR Launch Rally

June 8 Celebration Starts With 5K Race

Stan Cottrell speaks at GGFR launch Hawassa Ethiopia Follow Me on Pinterest

Stan Cottrell speaks from the heart to thousands in Awassa, Ethiopia at the Official GGFR Start

This jam packed day started with a 5K Race in Awassa, Ethiopia with over 1000 participants wearing run sponsor T-shirts saying The Great Global Friendship Run and Jerry Spencer Ministries. Below, you can see eager runners in readiness for the ribbon cutting to begin the race, and scenes from the celebration in the Soccer Stadium in the heart of town, attended by many thousands.

There are also many, many more vibrant images in the Facebook photo “album” – Ethiopia Launch – The Great Global Friendship Run discoverable through the Photos tab on The Great Global Friendship Run Facebook Page at (and please “like” the page).

“All of history has been waiting for this day…
the beginning of The Great Global Friendship Run!”

GGFR Historic Launch Week

Stan Cottrell’s First Ethiopian Runs June 1-7

Stan Cottrell running in EthiopiaJune 1: Run Launch Day Drama

After a wonderful church service the evening of May 31st with Dr. Jerry Spencer, Stan falls into a dark hole that nobody saw. Intense pain… Is his hip broken, as it feels?…  Getting the deep, gushing, puncture wound in his leg stitched up, now on the eve of this most historic event, Stan optimistically invites the doctor to join the Run’s start – and he accepts.

Now it’s morning and the doctor is there for the first 1/2 mile or so of this historic first run of the six-year GGFR… and Stan runs strong…

On The Eve Of The Great Global Friendship Run

Press And Journaling As Stan Cottrell Travels To Ethiopia

Ethiopians waiting for JSM feeding program Follow Me on Pinterest May 25: Stan Cottrell’s Pre-Launch Reflections

“…My heart is with the masses…the people who feel they are insignificant…those who feel they are the unknown, the forgotten, the ones who feel God made a mistake in their being born…  I know this morning I report for duty…Here Am I Lord to do what is prescribed to me as unto The Lord…and to do it from a ‘Whole Heart’. Oh yes, I will do my 70 mile run, of course! I feel God’s pleasure when I run…” ~ Stan Cottrell

A Friendship Run is about touching hearts with God’s love-in-action, sharing friendship, spreading hope…

May 27: AV Interview With Stan Cottrell

We had an energized interview on African Views Blog Talk Radio channel with the amazing ultra distance runner and Friendship Ambassador, Stan Cottrell, founder of Friendship Sports Association and the “Friendship Run” concept.  Stan graciously made two hours of time for us, as he eagerly prepared to leave Atlanta the next day for the long journey to Ethiopia.

Stan shared openly about his life-long preparation this greatest challenge…

VIE Article Highlights GGFR Launch – Focus On Orphans

“Giving Back – Great Global Friendship Run To Benefit Orphans Worldwide”

Vie Magazine Article - GGFR Giving Back - Global Run for Orphans Follow Me on Pinterest

VIE - "Giving Back: Great Global Friendship Run To Benefit Orphans Worldwide"

FSA thanks VIE Magazine and journalist Jordan Staggs for running its impactful and informative article on Stan Cottrell’s historic launch of “The Great Global Friendship Run” (GGFR) in Ethiopia.  The VIE article coincided with Stan’s arrival May 31st in Hawassa / Awassa, the capital of Southern, in readiness for the next morning’s historic “running start” for this six-year odyssey to spread friendship and hope, and to raise funds for the world’s orphans and abandoned children.

Stan will be making runs throughout the Hawassa area starting June 1, leading up to GGFR launch ceremonies in the Hawassa / Awassa soccer stadium on Saturday, June 8 … then more runs through mountains and jungles, orphanages and villages, until returning to Addis Ababa for a run in the National Stadium on Saturday, June 15… with many intervening outreach events and runs focused on “Lighting The World With The Power Of Hope.”

As VIE poignantly tells the story…  

Great Global Friendship Run Inaugural Events

Special Run Events – Hawassa, Ethiopia, Africa June 1–16, 2013

Run Stan Africa logo for Global Friendship Run launch in Ethiopia, Africa Follow Me on Pinterest

GGFR Launches In Ethiopia, Africa

  • Stan Cottrell will run into the Soccer Stadium in the middle of Hawassa and deliver a keynote address before an anticipated crowd of 60,000.
  • June 8th, Stan Cottrell participate with Dr. Jerry Spencer in a giant rally following the presentation of awards for the 5k Run involving more than 1,000 runners who will be wearing T-shirts with The Great Global Friendship Run on the front.
  • Stan’s two weeks in Ethiopia will be packed with events … speaking at orphanages and schools and churches… meeting the President of the country and other dignitaries and business leaders, with the blessing of the Ethiopian Evangelical Council, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mayor and Hawassa City Administration Sports Council… reaching out to the people who feel they are insignificant, those who feel they are the unknown, the forgotten…

“I appreciate your commitment to excellence and encourage you to continue to work hard and serve others. Your efforts reflect the spirit of America and help us inspire new generations to make our Nation stronger and better.” – President George W. Bush (5/10/2007)

“We trust the enthusiasm with which you deliver your message of goodwill will encourage more people of all ages to cross cultural bridges and establish friendships around the world.” – President Jimmy Carter (May 2007)

Stan Cottrell shows us the outer limits of human achievement that can-be obtained if we only believe! – Max Cleland, Secretary of State, State of Georgia



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