Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 22, 2013

Compston honored on House floor

Legislators recognize accomplishments, charitable efforts



But she was in turmoil.

“God started working on me,” she said. “I was having nightmares about getting caught; about losing my kids; and I just had no peace in my life.”

One day she went home and told Chris she was through. He could join her in a new life or she and the kids would leave.

“At first he was shocked but almost immediately, he was on board,” Compston said.

She decided then she wanted to run a marathon and began training, a familiar site along the streets of Ashland. In January of 2012 she ran her first marathon and her time was good enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Then in July of last year, “I surrendered my life to the Lord,” she said. She was no longer “running away from God.”

She signed up for the Boston Marathon and in April finished among the top 15 percent of female runners. Cheering her on were 21 family members who spent the day passing out Christian tracts to those at the race.

They had no idea they were standing only 20 feet away from the site of a terrorist bomb explosion. They left the site five minutes or so before the explosion to meet up with Amy after she’d finished the race.

Later a photograph of the scene appeared on the cover a magazine, showing the site of the explosion and there lay one of the tracts her family handed out that day.

Back home, she learned of a mission by her church, the Unity Baptist Church which sponsored Penne Paris Nursery Schools in Moyo, Uganda. The school and another like it in Laropi, Uganda provide students with lunch and education for a year at a cost of about $45 for each student.

Teaming up with Mark Maynard, editor of The Independent, Amy is raising money for those nursery schools by asking for pledges for each mile she’ll run in an ultra-marathon, 50-mile race in Nashville in November.

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