I grew up in a very poor part of Colombia, where many people struggled to make a living. My mother worked very hard supporting my siblings and I, often going hungry so that we could eat and ensuring we could receive an education. Because of the generosity and help of missionaries supporting my family we were able to receive a much better life. They helped us with housing, school equipment and uniforms and even beds for the family. Being surrounded by such great examples of God's love when they came to carry out outreaches, playing games, singing songs with us, I made a decision at the age of 7 that when I grew up I wanted to do the same in communities around the world where there is great need.

From the age of 17 I have had the privilege of being able to work in organisations carrying out all kinds of work. Things such as reaching out to and empowering people in poverty to rescuing street children - helping them to do the same kind of activities that those missionaries had done with me all those years ago. Now at the age of 36 I have travelled with my family to Africa, Asia and Latin America confronting poverty and seeing God catalyse people's potential.

For this reason I am really excited to be running in this year's London Marathon, both to raise loads of cash for this amazing organisation, but to also fulfil a personal goal!

Carolina Gisbey