Fundraising Cycle Ride for the Homeless
Thanks so much to all who supported me for this great
fundraising venture which involved a 240 mile (er yes, a wrong turn meant it
was a bit longer than expected!) cycle ride over 3 days.
It will was an amazing experience - for a middle aged
asthmatic at that! - but one with a very serious purpose.
So far, with your help, I have raised £1600 which will go to the organisation which publishes
the Big Issue Magazine designed to
help the Homeless get themselves financially secure and off the streets.
did I do this?
Why am I
taking part in the London to Paris Sponsored Ride?
Like many people I have made a habit of
buying the Big Issue Magazine. The idea of getting Vendors to sell the
magazine in order to gain some financial independence and eventually get off the
streets is a great one.
But, this is small change. I
would like to do more.
From the beginning of April to the end
of July I am on study leave from my 'day job' of being Vice Principal at
Wycliffe Hall. I have a number of academic goals: to update lectures in
Homiletics and Hermeneutics; to finish off my book on John's Gospel entitled
Lives Jesus Changed and to start writing a new book The Power of Persuasive
I also have two short trips: teaching
Pastors in Zambia, and teaching and networking in Sydney.
But, I am delighted to combine a
physical goal (to undertake a serious physical challenge and get in shape)
alongside a Charity event which resonates with my genuine desire to do something
for those who, for all sorts of reasons, have been made homeless.
As a Christian, I believe that this is
something which God feels strongly about and would like Christians to be involved
For example in the Old Testament
“If any of your
Israelite relatives fall into poverty and cannot support themselves, support
them as you would a resident foreigner and allow them to live with you. Do
not demand an advance or charge interest on the money you lend them.
Instead, show your fear of God by letting them live with you as your
relatives” (Leviticus 25:35-36 ).
“Then the King will say to those on the
right, `Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared
for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me.
I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me
into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you
cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.' Then these righteous
ones will reply, `Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or
thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you
hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick
or in prison, and visit you?' And the King will tell them, `I assure you,
when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you
were doing it to me!'” (Matthew 25:34-40).
This is quite a big undertaking for me.
I have Asthma and some ongoing lung related issues. However, I believe I
can do it!
Please click on this link and pledge
If I can give you any more information
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