Bella Vista Church of Christ



Randall Caselman


AStory Of Rescue Recovery Restoration


 It happened at The Applejack Invitational Cross Country Meet in Lakeville, Minnesota. Early in the race, runner Josh Ripley heard something unusual. So he stopped to see what might be wrong. "I heard this scream, and as I rounded the corner, he came into view." What Josh saw was a competitor, Mark Paulauskas, from another nearby High School who obviously had been seriously injured.


 Josh tells: "He was sitting against the fence holding his ankle, and it was bleeding pretty badly.."


 Josh picked him up and started running with him in his arms. "Couldn't believe it, he just picked me up and started carrying me and trying to calm me down saying: It's going to be OK...  I'm going to get you to your coaches." Mark estimated that he was carried about a quarter of a mile.


 The two runners finally reach a point in the course where they came into view of their coaches. There was the 6-foot-5, 185 pound Josh, carrying the 5-foot-5, 100 pound freshman, Mark, in his arms.


 Josh handed off the injured Mark to his coach. He was taken to the local hospital Emergency Department, where doctors determined that he had been accidentally spiked by another runner's shoe. It took twenty stitches to close the gash in Mark's foot and ankle.


 Having made sure Mark was in the care of his coaches, Josh resumed the race. He was dead last when he returned to the race... But he passed fifty other runners to finish 211 out of 261 runners.


 However, Josh was greeted like a winner at the finish line. Mark's coach and teammates met him to thank him. "I'm just incredibly grateful for what he did," Mark said.


 It was Jesus who taught by His example and message that we should live outside of ourselves and serve Him by serving others.


 Paul wrote: "Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but for the interest of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking on the form of a servant, and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross."" Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."