July has arrived, and it is beautiful outside. Biking season is in full-ride mode! That means I’m preparing for Bike for Justice 2014, a ride I have now made for six years to raise money for various organizations that keep moving steadily toward a world where all people are able to live in a just and dignified manner. Folks have been generously supportive and have donated more than $40,000 over the past rides. Thank you! This year I hope you will join me in meeting my fund raising goals.
As I pedal several hundred miles over these summer months, I will be praying for two ministries dear to my heart: Lost and Found Ministry and Sister Parish, Inc. Your donations will go to support these two important and life-transforming ministries.
Lost and Found Ministry offers “help for those lost in another’s addiction” and is open every day to offer hope, sound advice, and a listening ear to families of someone who struggles with addiction. Sister Parish, Inc. is the national organization that creates linkages between North American faith communities and marginalized Central American communities of faith living on the edge of survival. The relationships build mutual dignity and respect through shared faith and lives. The organization is now in its 26th year, and I was part of its founding mission.
Donations for Lost and Found Ministry/Sister Parish, Inc can be sent to Opening Borders, PO Box 91, West Fargo, ND 58078; donations also may be made online at www.openingborders.com. You can also donate online directly to Sister Parish, Inc. (please write in the notes Vicki’s Bike for Justice).
Will you join me in supporting these important causes? I am eagerly anticipating the work of my various summer rides and ask that you prayerfully consider making a contribution to reach my goal of $8,000. Thrivent Financial has made the first commitment toward this in the amount of $1,200! I carry my list of supporters in my front bike bag and as I ride, I will pray for you and your family. Thank you!
May the Spirit of God bring you light, hope and grace for your day,
P.S. This is it – an ask for a contribution. You may direct your contribution to your organization of choice. An acknowledgement receipt will be sent at the end of the summer when I fully report my activities and share some photos. I am grateful for your partnership in this Bike for Justice 2014.