Money raised to support the cyclists will be donated to OneHope and Reaching a Generation to help bring God’s Word, clean water, and hope to the children of South Africa. The riders cover their own trip costs, so that any money raised goes directly towards ministry. Last year the group raised more than $70,000.
David Crabtree, lead pastor at Calvary Church in Greensboro N.C., will be leading the team of 5 on the epic bike journey which will cover more than 1000 miles.
“200 miles of desert, miles more of climbing, and all that is Africa in between…we'll have to do it in strength beyond our own limits,” Crabtree says after returning from a scouting trip of the route. “It will be very, very tough.”
This is the third Hope Ride Crabtree has led. Last year’s 700 mile journey included wild animal encounters and thirty-three flat tires as the team rode through Zambia and Botswana. They took time to stop along the way to distribute the Book of Hope to the children they were pedaling to help.
The team will begin in Kleinsee, South Africa, and cycle through 4 ecosystems, ultimately ending their ride on the beach at the Indian Ocean in St. Lucia.
In 2014, OneHope reached its billionth child—a young girl in China—with a relevant Gospel message. This year OneHope will reach nearly one hundred million additional young people with Scripture programs that are age- and culturally- specific based on research it conducts among children and youth, leaders and educators in each country it works. Since 1987, OneHope has helped kids experience God’s Story by collaborating with churches and ministries—and working with local governments, schools and non-governmental organizations—