Tambry Brose A couple of days after finishing the ride last year, someone asked me, “Would you do it all again?” My first reaction was “Are you kidding me? That was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Not a chance!” It’s true, it was hard, but it was also one of most exciting, challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done. The team camaraderie and support of crew, friends and family was was definitely a highlight. But most of all, it was those moments in the car as we were driving to our starting points when we read the encouraging emails, or watched the videos from the World Relief staff in Cambodia and Malawi cheering us on and thanking us for our efforts were the most poignant moments. Remembering their enthusiasm and gratitude sealed the deal for me to do this thing again. We’ll be riding this year to raise much needed funds for trafficking prevention programs in Cambodia and HIV/AIDS training for youth in Malawi. I and my husband, Dan, with our 3 boys, spent 7 years living in Central Africa working with World Relief. I witnessed the life changing impact World Relief made in churches, communities and families through the efforts and commitment of World Relief staff and local volunteers. They are truly heroes!
So, I’m honored (and slightly frightened) to once again be riding 365 miles on behalf of this wonderful organization who empowers and transforms the lives of the most vulnerable in the name of Christ. Thanks for your support!
Amy Davidson Last year I followed, supported and prayed for the Ride 365 ladies. Never did I think that I would be invited to participate in Ride 365 2013. What an honor, privilege and great challenge.
I am a mother to two college kids, Tim and Ginny, and wife to Neal. Last year was a big transition in my life as my husband was working out of town. During this time, I spent a lot of my free time at the gym with a diverse, supportive, motivating group of women who helped me become stronger physically and mentally than I have ever been. They empowered me to challenge and believe in myself. I have not ridden a bike since I was a child but my time with these women has led me to a place where I am ready to train and take this challenge for myself and for the benefit of the cause. The funds from Ride 365 will go to teaching and empowering vulnerable woman and children affected by HIV/AIDS and human trafficking in Malawi and Cambodia through World Relief. Future generations will be impacted by this training enabling them to live safer, stronger, healthy lives!
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13
Debbie Foreman I feel fortunate to be able to ride on behalf of World Relief again this year. Biking is one of my favorite forms of exercise, and World Relief is one of my favorite organization, 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 last winter, and observing first hand 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.
Betsy Goodman Challenges, how often are we willing to take them? Yet I have found it is the time when we feel most alive.
I was really just going to be a support person for this ride as I was last year, however I was encouraged to participate and ride. I have always felt great esteem for World Relief and its efforts around the world to serve the poor and help people rise up from dire circumstances. Women Who Stand creates a way for women in the US to make a contribution to these efforts. After serious prayer and my daughter providing me with all the equipment, I felt like God was directing me to take on this challenge.
I have worked for a fitness organization for many years, Body & Soul Fitness ( whose heart is not only physical health but spiritual health as well) and so healthy living has been important to me for a long time. Could I use my health and fitness to serve and support those who don’t have the privileges or opportunities I am blessed with? Can we continue to bring awareness to the many who have no voice and be their voice?
I have had the privilege of traveling to Malawi and South Africa and seen the poverty, sickness, and despair of the women and children. I have also seen the fortitude, strength and adeptness of these women when given even very little. It was humbling to watch the sacrificial love of these women in feeding hundreds of orphans or walking miles to go to a clinic or to get food or water.
This ride will push me to my limits I am certain. What it will accomplish in providing support for a year for women and children in Malawi and Cambodia is a small price to pay. I couldn’t attempt this without the great support of my husband Pat and the encouragement of my 3 married children. I hope one day it will inspire my 5 young grandchildren to themselves take the gifts God has given them and use those gifts to accomplish His purposes.
Holly 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 AGAIN, but they are my best cheerleaders.
I am thankful to be a part of the Ride/365 team this year and am excited about the emphasis on prevention. We have an opportunity to support the Cambodia team efforts in preventing and raising awareness about human trafficking. In Malawi, we will be helping to educate and train youth to be Peer Educators to help prevent the spread of HIV in their communities. Last year 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. 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.
Megan Saunders Riding 365 miles in 5 days? You must be crazy! Maybe so, but as a mom of four kids, I know that if I don’t at least try to look outside the four walls of my home, I will drown in laundry and legos. 2013-14 school year stats: – 180 school days x 4 kids = 720 bag lunches for the upcoming school year – 5 loads of laundry a week (conservative? optimistic?) x 40 weeks of school x 20 minutes to fold each one = 4000 minutes folding laundry With my youngest entering kindergarten this fall, it would be easy to let this routine consume my efforts and energies.
But I am hoping for more.
I was privileged to be part of the welcome team for last year’s riders as they returned, and was encouraged by their dedication and sense of accomplishment. I have also seen the lengths women in developing countries go to to feed, clothe, and house their families. This ride providers the opportunity to combine camaraderie, physical challenge, global impact, fighting for justice, and combating disease.
Special thanks to my husband Ray and my kids Jack, Katie, Julia and Charlie for all their encouragement and support.
“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Jesus, Matthew 25:40
Gloria Serraro Anyone wanting to proclaim the glory of Christ to the ends of the earth must consider not only how to declare the gospel verbally but to demonstrate the gospel visibly in a world were so many are urgently hungry”
“Radical” by David Platt
World Relief has consistently demonstrated the gospel visibly. I am humbled to be given the opportunity to partner with this organization as they help women in Malawi and Cambodia. Every dollar that I raise 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.
I am very excited about this adventure, getting to know the ladies I’m riding with, conquering those hills and…. eating! If you know me, you know I love biking (and you have probably already put up with me excitedly telling you about this trip). I enjoy doing triathlons but this year I also wanted to do a century (100 mile) ride. So, when my friend asked me to consider 365 – I thought, well that’s not too much more than 100?! And… it’s over 5 days! I love Maryland, love biking and had asked God to show me how to put my love of sports solidly in line with His will. I am amazed by His clear answer.
I’m thankful to my husband, Gary who encourages and supports me. I have two wonderful sons who are 24 and 22 and who put up with my endless bantering about this “ride across Maryland.”
I’m excited to see how God will work in this endeavor! Please join me!
Kathy Vaselkiv Ride/365 allows me to bring together two things I love – bicycling and World Relief. I look forward participating in this ride again after being part of the inaugural expedition last fall World Relief’s work in Malawi and Cambodia embodies its mission statement of empowering the church to serve the most vulnerable. In Cambodia and Malawi, members of village churches are trained by World Relief to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of those in their cell churches and communities. I am excited that the funds raised by Ride/365 will enable these local heroes to equip communities to prevent human trafficking in Cambodia and to educate young people about preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS infection and in critical life and leadership skills in Malawi.
I was blessed to visit Cambodia with several of the Ride/365 women in February of 2012 and Malawi with my husband, three children and four other families in 2006. I am so grateful to my husband, Mark, for his encouragement and generosity in supporting my participation in this ride and so many other endeavors. As a World Relief board member since 2006, I have been privileged to meet many dedicated World Relief staff and volunteers in the US, where World Relief works with refugees and immigrants, and overseas where World Relief engages in sustainable community relief and development work. I am excited by the opportunity provided by Ride/365 to introduce many others to this wonderful organization that empowers the vulnerable to improve their lives, serve their communities, and experience the love of Christ.