2014 75-Mile Training Ride

DSC_5915emailA bicycle ride for 365 miles doesn’t just happen on a whim.  It takes a lot of training and preparation on the part of the bikers.

Part of that training included a 75 mile bike ride from Towson to Parkton, around Prettyboy, to Reisterstown and then back to Towson.  For the non-Marylanders reading this post, this is long and challenging ride with lots of hills and on some busy roads.  The ride really brought people together as a team.  There was laughter, encouragement, groans and determination.  It was inspirational to see their commitment to this ride and to supporting the World Relief programs for which they are riding.

Will you consider supporting their commitment?  Go to www.worldrelief.org/ride365/bios to donate.

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Meet the 2014 Riders

Sarah_Burke_BioSarah Burke

I am excited to join the team for the first time this year! In between bike rides, you’ll find me hanging out with my husband and playing with our two boys, Eli & Noah. Being a wife and mom is my favorite & most important title in my life. When I’m not with my kiddos I’m likely in a yoga class or speaking American Sign Language with Deaf friends, which I started studying as a middle schooler & continued studying through college. Practicing yoga is my #1 tip for building endurance and determination to make it 365 miles on Twink, my beloved colorfully wheeled bike.

I’m excited to continue speaking out & acting on behalf of the marginalized. That’s what I love about working at World Relief, where I started as Volunteer Specialist in 2013. Prior to my time at WR, I traveled to India several times working in Deaf communities with children, a time I treasured for the opportunities to see first-hand the Lord’s work among the nations. Working with refugees while serving the city of Atlanta has been a great joy & privilege, and one way I’ve seen God bring my passions full-circle.

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Andrea_Katz_BioAndrea Katz

I have had every emotion, fear and self doubt to name a few, in preparing for this years Ride365 but none the less I am thrilled and honored to be joining this amazing group of women in support of World Relief. Cycling is one of my favorite activities and I am grateful for the sabbatical from my job as a hospice nurse that has enabled me to train for the upcoming ride and get to know my fellow riders. In joining these woman I have learned so much more about World Relief and I encourage you to peruse the website too. I hope to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate by challenging myself, while lending support to all members of Ride365, to complete 365 miles over 5 days. My challenge, in conquering this goal, pales in comparison to the challenges and suffering of the people and lives we hope to touch through World Relief.

Thanks to my wonderful family who has been so encouraging. Special thanks to my husband, Jon, who has organized and joined me on many training rides. And thanks to my 3 children, Brittany, Andrew and Matthew who never stop saying “you can do this Mom”!!!

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Debbie_ForemanDeb Foreman

I feel fortunate to be able to ride on behalf of World Relief again this year .This will be my third time participating in RIDE 365. Biking is one of my favorite forms of exercise, and World Relief is one of my favorite organizations, so to be able to combine the two seems a perfect match for me. This season of life has provided the margin of time to commit to this endeavor, both in the time necessary for training and in the week needed to complete the ride. Since the inception of my involvement with Women Who Stand, I have been increasingly impressed to consider the resources I might offer that can benefit others, especially those who have few, if any advocates in their lives. This particular biking challenge allows me to utilize good health as a resource to promote wellness on behalf of others. Since traveling to Cambodia with Women Who Stand two years ago, and observing firsthand the work of World Relief, I am convinced that SITTING on a bike and riding for 5 days covering 365 miles is a most effective way to STAND, to actively align myself with the heart of God who says, to ”speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, speak for the rights of those who are destitute.” Proverbs 31:8. A special “thank you” to my 4 (now 5) children, Scott, who is married to Deirdre, Brooke, Adam and Blair, and a terrifically supportive husband, Paul.

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Allison_Gerbereux_BioAllison Gerberaux

I am very excited to join this group of women on Ride365 again. For the past 10 years, I have loved to ride my bike throughout Baltimore County to either enjoy a beautiful ride with good friends or to train for a triathlon. My bike rides have actually been all about me and what I need on a particular day.

When I did Ride 365 in the past, it was a life changing experience for me. I was challenged to push beyond my comfort zone both physically and mentally. As I grew tired and weak, I prayed for the families and staff that we were supporting and God spoke continually spoke to me through Isaiah 40:29, “He give strength to the weary and increases the power in the weak.” I know that these families that we are raising money for also grow tired and weak in their everyday lives and God has called us to help and to serve those in need. I am excited to help raise money for them by riding my bike across Maryland for 365 miles in 5 days.

I am thankful to my husband and 3 daughters for their patience and support during my training rides this summer and while I am away doing the ride in September. I am looking forward to the ride again and working with World Relief to help others in need. I pray that you will join me in my efforts!

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Mary_Obrecht_BioMary Obrecht

After a long winter, my friend Gayle Kelly’s invitation to join her in Ride365 sounded like the perfect antidote for my cabin fever. Of course I had misgivings about “being in the saddle” for five days. Yet, cycling in the Maryland countryside with a lovely group of women and raising money for a great cause made it easy to say, “I’m in.” Contributions for Ride365 will support World Relief an organization that has a long history of serving the vulnerable locally and internationally. The donations will specifically support World Relief’s efforts toward health and safety issues in Malawi and Cambodia. I am excited for the physical challenge ahead and to support World Relief.

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hollyHolly Kosten

My husband, Dan, works for World Relief and joins me/coaches me on many long rides. Our two lovely daughters, Hannah and Nadine, think I am a little crazy to train for and ride 365 miles across Maryland for a THIRD time, but they are my best cheerleaders.

I am grateful to be a part of the Ride/365 team again this year and to be supporting the programs that will improve the lives of women and children in Cambodia and Malawi. The past two years we received emails, videos, and uplifting prayers from the teams in Malawi and Cambodia; they tracked our ride and were as excited about our progress as we were. It was powerful to know we were being prayed for and, likewise, to pray for the women and children we were impacting as well as the Malawi and Cambodia teams. We are thankful for our partnership with World Relief and our underwriters for allowing all of the money we raise to go directly to these important programs.

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Ester_Frey_BioEsther Frey

Esther Frey I road in Bike 365 two years ago and it was an amazing experience. This fall I will be a true “empty nester” and look forward to joining the group again. I love biking and feel privileged to be able to do something I enjoy so much (except the uphills) to support World Relief. I haven’t had the opportunity to serve first hand on a foreign mission trip but I know the money raised through Bike 365 will help the marginalized and oppressed women and children in Cambodia and Malawi.

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gloriaGloria Serrao

Romans 12:3-
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function, so we, through many, are one body in Christ and individually members of one another”

I was blessed to Ride/365 last year. Yes, the riding is difficult and each day has its challenges and mountain-top moments! Last year I felt that God truly worked through us calling us to be an image of the body of Christ. I was also totally amazed at all the work that goes on behind the scenes to arrange, plan, solicit sponsors, etc. Plus, we had an incredibly dedicated road crew that cared for us (food!) and kept us laughing!!

I am humbled to again be given the opportunity to partner with World Relief as they help women in Malawi and Cambodia. Every dollar that I raise for this ride will go directly to help women of Malawi survive the ravages of HIV/AIDS and the women of Cambodia to recognize and break free of human trafficking. Last year, it was a special privilege to pray, while pedaling, for members of village churches that do the teaching and “front line” work.

I’m thankful to my husband, Gary who encourages and supports me (mostly by letting me get out there and ride!) I have two wonderful sons who are 25 and 23, they have yet to follow me in this passion (but maybe someday).

My knee has gone “kaput” after many years of enjoyable running, but God prepared me for that change by giving me a love of bicycling. This Ride/365 is an answer to my prayers for a tangible way to serve my Savior. I’m excited to see how God will work (because I know He does more than we can ask or imagine!) Please join me!

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gayleGayle Kelly

My dear friend Debbie Foreman pitched the idea of Ride365 three years ago to me. I was immediately attracted to the physical challenge of riding 365 miles in 5 days but it was the cause, the purpose of the ride, that solidified my commitment to ride this year. Due to family commitments I was unable to ride the last two years so I am really excited to join forces with other like minded women to raise awareness and funds for women in need. I am new to World Relief and I am looking forward to growing in my understanding and support of the organization.

I am married to a great fella, Frank, who is nervous to have his wife riding her bike on the streets but who is also wonderfully supportive and a great partner in parenting our 4 children, Frankie, Stephen, Jackie and JK. We live in Baltimore and I am active in Community Bible Study, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and in our children’s school.

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Nanci_Sebeniecher_BioNanci Sebeniecher

When my sisters approached me to ride the 365, I wondered to myself if I could do this staring at my broken foot in a boot… Of course, my encouraging friends said you could do this and it’s for a good cause. Well, that’s all I had to hear was a cause and a goal. I was in!

I am passionate about serving women and children in the most neglected areas of the world who have limited or no access to modern healthcare. My commitment is to transforming these communities by reducing maternal and infant mortality and overcoming barriers to the overall health of women and children. I love to help to link local organizations to partners and resources to ensure sustainability in countries where they are so desperately needed. So, I am honored and humbled to be riding with World Relief for Human Trafficking and HIV/AIDS in Cambodia and Malawi.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
James 2:14-17

I’m a bit afraid of this journey but am thankful to my husband, Ritchie for the encouragement, love and support!

Now let’s Ride and Jesus will be my co-pilot!

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ONE Leadership Academy

Are you ready to step up and lead in the fight against extreme poverty? ONE is  looking for leaders to join their team.

This Saturday, June 21st, ONE is hosting an all-day training that will cover everything you need to know to become one of their top volunteers. You’ll dive into the issues, learn how to plan events, show how to build a team, and talk about meeting your members of Congress.

WHAT: ONE Leadership Academy
WHEN:
Saturday, June 21, 9 AM
WHERE: Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson

RSVP here and let them know you’re coming!