Ride for Refuge: What Moves You?
The Ride for Refuge is a family-friendly cycling and walking fundraiser that supports charities who provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable and exploited people everywhere. People supporting their favourite charities will be lacing up their shoes and buckling on their bike helmets at locations across Canada on Saturday, October 5, 2019. What is it that moves them to do this for GNI?
As you know, Good News International’s ministry area is in the Golden Triangle of Northern Thailand and East Myanmar. The money from the Ride for Refuge will go to support our ministry, Uncountable Grace, in Myanmar.
Myanmar is where there has been a civil war going on for over 70 years and it is the second largest opium producing region in the world, after Afghanistan. It is also along a major human trafficking route.
Imagine being a parent here. You struggle to feed your children and as much as you want to send them to school, you cannot-and definitely not beyond grade 3. Your heart breaks to know there are only three options for your oldest child who will soon be 8 years old: become a child soldier, work in the opium fields or be trafficked.
But GNI is in the midst of this and our leaders, Steve* and April,* have already rescued 24 children. They are being fed, loved, and taught about Christ so that they are becoming key disciple makers. They are receiving an education all the way through school so they can one day be leaders in their communities.
Mother Theresa once said, “If I look at the mass, I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.” Who is my one? It is the non-verbal handicapped boy I met who reached up his arms to each mom on our team to be held and hug us. This child was rejected by society, but it is for this child that Jesus said, “Bring the little children to me.”
Will you join our teams by riding or walking with us? Or will you join us in raising funds for our ministry in Myanmar? When you help us raise $10,000 dollars in the Ride this year, it means 6 kids get a whole year of education and spiritual support. Go to https://rideforrefuge.org/charity/goodnewsinternational.
From there, you can pick someone from the list to donate towards. Anything $20 and more will be receipted.
Thank you for joining us in giving these children a hope and a future!