Meet Our Guest Riders

In addition to our 9 riders and 5 crew members, we will be joined by 2 additional riders who will be riding for local ministries in the Baltimore area.

amyAmy Piunti

I am very excited to be participating in RIDE/365 as a guest rider for HopeSprings. In the Baltimore-Towson Metropolitan region, approximately 33,800 are infected by HIV and in the City of Baltimore, 1 in 40 people are HIV positive. Baltimore-Towson has the 4th highest HIV and AIDS diagnoses rate in the country.

And this is from a disease that is both preventable and treatable.

In our city there is no one that isn’t infected or affected. And for years churches ignored the issue and didn’t help.

HopeSprings exists to awaken, equip, and engage the church to respond to the HIV pandemic in Baltimore. Through their network of churches, they train and equip thousands of volunteers to serve those infected and affected by HIV.

I am a first grade teacher in Baltimore County and have been biking for 3 years now.  I enjoy running, traveling and partnering with an organization that serves our community well. I could not do this ride without the support of my husband, Chad, and my two children, Ella and Ben.

Click here to learn more about HopeSprings.

sarahSarah Batley

 I am excited to be joining old friends and new as we venture out on the second annual Ride365.  World Reliefs efforts in Malawi and Cambodia are now comrades, with faces that bring an understanding of the vital role World Relief fills around the world.  This year, I will be riding as a guest rider, raising funds and awareness for Araminta Freedom Initiative.  The vision of Araminta is to see the commercial viability of the human trafficking of minors in the Baltimore region dismantled and its victims rescued.   I will be riding in an effort to link arms, and my bike seat, with Araminta’s effort to awaken, equip, and mobilize the Church and our community to end Human Trafficking in the Baltimore area.  I am thrilled for this opportunity to join my passion and Araminta’s mission with my joy of biking.
A little about me; I have a faith in God that both challenges and brings joy to my days.  My husband is a better cyclist than I and in addition to teaching me to enjoy all kinds of craft beers, has been my loudest cheerleader.  My four teenage boys are the subject of much of my prayers and the cause of most of my laughter.

Click here to learn more about Araminta Freedom Initiative.

HopeSprings Needs Volunteers on 7/11/2013

PrintHopeSprings has been busy lately and we’re sure you have been, too! Between City Uprising HIV Outreach Day, new faces, new partnerships, and a bustling summer, there has been no time to rest!

Please consider taking time out of your own busy schedule and serve with HopeSprings on Thursday, 11th at the following opportunities:

Moveable Feast Meal Preparation Night
Please serve with HopeSprings at Moveable Feast on Thursday evening from 5:30-8p.m. packaging and preparing meals and helping to clean the kitchen. This opportunity is monthly. If you are interested please sign up here.

Certified Testers are Needed
Located at Community, A Walgreens Pharmacy at 6 N. Howard Street (21201) from 1-4pm, join the HopeSprings Mission Trip from Kansas as they help test the city! Please sign up here.
Don’t forget that the Prince of Peace is your guiding sense of solidarity and strength.
Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

City Uprising Featured in Baltimore Movie Premiere: Your Help Needed…

gospel of healing
Join HopeSprings, The JACQUES Initiative, and The Gallery Church on March 7th at 7pm at Payne Memorial AME for Baltimore’s premiere of The Gospel Of Healing, Volume 1: Black Churches Respond to HIV/AIDS, a short documentary that features City Uprising: HIV Outreach Day.  The documentary explores the question,
If every African American church had a full-service health ministry would it eliminate the gaping health disparities and reduce the high prevalence of chronic health conditions in Black communities?
Volunteers are needed that evening to help with a Pastor’s dinner, greeting, seating, and various other event-related tasks starting at 4:30pm. Please sign up here if you are interested.
If you are unable to volunteer, would you consider joining us for the event, bringing along your friends, fellow congregants and inviting your pastor?  If you would like additional information about how to get your church or pastor involved in this event, please contact us as well, leaving a note in the comment section.