“Exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7b-8
In 2012, God did a great work through our 1st Annual Key West Bike Ride: “To the Ends of the Earth.” That year, we rode for transformation of lives of youth in Bulgaria. Our goal was $5,000 and over $7,000 was raised to help the ministry of global youth workers, Gabe & Melissa Hillman. In addition to raising funds, our 12 riders prayed intentionally and advocated for their ministry. As a result of telling their stories, God used the 2012 KWBR as a catalyst for the birthing of True Horizons youth foundation in Bulgaria. In addition to sending funds, in the summer of 2012, YouthHOPE sent a team of college-age interns for 2 months to be the hands & feet of Jesus alongside of the Hillmans.
In 2013, 32 riders and 7 support staff made the 300-mile journey from Fort Myers to Key West in order to transform the lives of youth in Zambia. This year, God challenged us to increase our goal to $30,000 and He provided over $45,000! At YouthHOPE, we believe in a holistic approach to ministry. For that reason, we partnered with Active:Water and The Hunger Strike (now WILLET missions) in order to transform communities for youth in Zambia. So far, the donations have yielded funds for:
Over 35,000 meals sent
1 community handpump well funded
70 biosand filters provided for families
Global youth workers sustained and resourced
Funds for thousands of copies of Bible study guides and more!
This summer, YouthHOPE is sending a team of college-age interns for 2 months to Zambia to be the hands & feet of Jesus alongside our partners there.
In 2014, God has put on our hearts to ride for the youth of Thailand. Would you pray about riding along with us? Keep checking back for more details right here on this page, or follow us on twitter: @KWBR2014 or “like” us on Facebook.
Cost to participate: $225
Dates: March 1-6 is the ride. All riders must arrive in Fort Myers by noon on Feb. 28th. We will have pre-field orientation, worship, and a cycling training ride that afternoon. Events this day are very important for riders to get to know each other and prepare for the 300 mile journey.
Age: Participants must be 18+
Registration opens: September 1, 2013
Lodging: This year we will have 2 lodging options. In each city, you will have the option to stay in a motel/hotel (extra cost to you to be announced) -or- stay in a church. For the second option, sleeping bag and pillow are recommended, air mattresses are permitted. Showers and laundry facilities are available.
Includes: Dinner on 2/28. Breakfast and lunch each day, a professional bike jersey, support vehicle with trailer to bring the bikes back, transportation back to Fort Myers on the 6th.
Excludes: We will not provide transportation to Fort Myers, FL for the start of the tour. We cannot provide a bicycle (or bike gear) for you, but have reserved rentals at local bike shops for you to utilize. You will pay for your own dinners each evening. You will pay for lunch on 2/28 and 3/6.