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St. Charles man running across U.S. making pit stop at home

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Spear often turns to prayer to help him get through the marathon-a-day workload.

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Part of the early leg of Steve Spear's journey across the country took him through the scorching sands of the Mojave Desert.

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Steve Spear is an unlikely candidate for a run across the United States for charity. He hates running. But the former Willow Creek Community Church pastor said he felt called by God to accomplish this effort. Here he is in New Mexico.

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St. Charles resident Steve Spear is running across the country to raise money for clean water in Kenya. He completes the Illinois leg this week.

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Steve Spear is running from Santa Monica, Calif., to New York to raise awareness and money to address the lack of clean water sources in Africa. If he raises $1.5 million, he will build a clean water system for 30,000 people in Kenya.

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St. Charles resident and Willow Creek pastor Steve Spear will return to his community and church this weekend as he completes the Illinois portion of his run across the country. Spear has been running a marathon or more a day since April to get to this point. He's had doubt along the way. "The days had piled up, and there seemed to be endless road," he said. But he's raising money to bring clean water to a village in Kenya.
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    • Spear often turns to prayer to help him get through the marathon-a-day workload.
    • Part of the early leg of Steve Spearís journey across the country took him through the scorching sands of the Mojave Desert.
    • Steve Spear is an unlikely candidate for a run across the United States for charity. He hates running. But the former Willow Creek Community Church pastor said he felt called by God to accomplish this effort. Here he is in New Mexico.
    • St. Charles resident Steve Spear is running across the country to raise money for clean water in Kenya. He completes the Illinois leg this week.
    • Steve Spear is running from Santa Monica, Calif., to New York to raise awareness and money to address the lack of clean water sources in Africa. If he raises $1.5 million, he will build a clean water system for 30,000 people in Kenya.
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