Sunday, 28 July 2013

Note from the Pastor, July 21, 2013

Quick Facts About the 2013 Tour
- Expected to be the largest cross-continental bike tour ever.
- Begins June 21, 2013, in Los Angeles
- Ends nine weeks later in New York City
- Stops include Phoenix, Rehoboth, Colorado Springs, Pella, Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Toronto.
- 3,900 total miles
- Shorter options are available.
- Celebrations staged along the route, usually on Sundays.

Why Are Cyclists Riding
- To raise awareness and money to fight poverty around the world.
- To motivate people to become involved in working with the poor.
- To celebrate and highlight the history and common work of the partnering agencies.

Poverty Facts
- Nearly half the world—three billion people—live on less than $2.50 a day.
- 18 children die every minute due to poverty—that’s one child every 3 seconds.
- About 2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunized.
- 400 million people do not have access to health services.
- More than nine million people die worldwide each year because of hunger and malnutrition.

Anticipated Outcomes
- To raise $3 million to support the work of agencies to alleviate poverty locally, nationally, and internationally.
- To enhance passion for engaging in ministry work that transforms lives and communities.
- To recognize the power of prayer.


  The Sea to Sea cyclists, including Alice, Joan and Stan, and Bernice as support staff, will be travelling through Durham Region on Tuesday, August 13 on their way from Ajax to Trenton. There will be a rest station at Hope Fellowship to encourage the cyclists on their way. We hope to serve them with refreshments and a large dose of encouragement to cheer them on their way.
  We need lots of people and lots of noise to encourage the cyclists. Please take some time to come and cheer the cyclists on! It is expected that the bulk of the cyclists will pass through between 7:00-9:00 a.m. so plan to come early to show your support for the tremendous work of raising funds for and awareness of poverty that these cyclists are doing.
  If you want to encourage the cyclists with a card, they can be sent to the addresses at seatosea.org.
  The Sunday Celebration closest to us takes place on August 11 at Redeemer University College at 3:00 p.m.

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