Jeremy Halstead, pastor of God’s First Church in Morehead, rides with the Ends of the Earth Cycling Team in Fort Myers, Florida. Halstead has already participated in four Ends Cycling Tours, riding in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
Ends of the Earth Cycling hosted their first virtual tour, Break Every Chain 2020, last year. Sixty-three runners from across America rode their hometowns, established their own miles, and collectively raised over $ 20,000 for “Wipe Every Tear,” a ministry in the Philippines that works with children and adults. teens trapped in the sex industry.
Ends Cycling is now on another virtual race. On this tour, team members ride for youth in Kenya, Africa, in partnership with New International Child Sponsorship.
There are thousands of families and children in rural Narok, Kenya, who live in extreme poverty. Many children take on family responsibilities at a young age; help find and prepare meals and water, take care of livestock and gardens, and look after young children.
New International Child Sponsorship works to tackle poverty, one child and one family at a time, but for this tour they are focusing their efforts on orphans and vulnerable children camps. The OVC camps are hosted by AfricaHope, a new international ministry, for the children of Narok during school holidays. For a week, a hundred children come to stay on the AfricaHope campus. These camps give children the opportunity to focus on being a child, having fun and learning more about Jesus. In the camps, they can leave behind the worries and concerns of poverty that they face on a daily basis.
The children stay in AfricaHope dormitories, where many have access to running water for the first time and delicious meals are prepared for them. The camp is centered on the teachings of the Bible and incorporates dancing, skits, music and crafts in these lessons and in small groups for discussion and prayer. Another mainstay of OVC camps is health and hygiene classes, demonstrating and explaining the importance of hand washing and clean water.
OVC camps are offered free to families of children and rely on fundraising efforts to accommodate multiple camps each year.
This is exactly why Halstead travels 250 miles in five days (September 30 to October 4) here in the rolling hills and howls of eastern Kentucky.
Follow Halstead on his “PJs Bike Ride” Facebook page. And you can learn more about Ends of the Earth Cycling by visiting their website at endscycling.com.