Posted by: karljfeller | March 16, 2011

Riding Across the United States… AGAIN!?

That’s right. This summer I am packing up my bike, some peanut butter and maybe even twizzlers & I’m leaving again from June to July to ride across the country on another bike tour. This time I will be leading the Just:Hope Tour with my good friends Dustin Burkhart and Deb Go. With our team of riders, we will start in Seattle, Washington and ride to New York City! Venture Expeditions <www.ventureexpeditions.org> who organizes the Ride:Well Tours every year, also organizes the Just+Hope Tours.

Why would I do this again you might ask? Well that’s a great question.

Micah 6:8 says: But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously. (The Message)

After last years tour, I began praying about leading a tour this coming summer. After seeing how last summers tour influenced myself and the rest of our riders and the people we came in contact with, I feel like this is another great opportunity to make a difference in the world!

Venture Expeditions who organizes these tours empowers people to benefit the world and discover their souls.

So there are really two reasons I felt that this was a right choice.

BENEFIT THE WORLD
The Just+Hope Campaign currently partners with projects and ministries that are on the front lines of the fight against injustice, working with people suffering from poverty, slavery and other forms of oppression in South East Asia. Among those who benefit is an orphanage in Thailand, a network of house churches scattered throughout the Islands of Indonesia, and a ministry that rescues young girls enslaved to forced prostitution and provides a safe house where they can be restored to the women God created them to be in Burma. I am so excited to be a part of bringing JUSTICE to places where inJustice has had it’s way for too long. These ministries do not only react to injustice, but also proactively work to teach and train the local people they reach out to how to avoid falling into the grip of injustice in their society. Not only that, these are great avenues for the Church to be actively reaching out in love to these cultures.

DISCOVER YOUR SOUL
I will be the ‘Discovery’ leader for our team. This means I’m responsible for guiding our team through that discovery process as they discover what God is speaking to their hearts this summer. Through our small groups, short Bible studies throughout the weeks and other exercises we’ll be doing, I’m excited to see what God has in store for each of our team members. This was a huge motivation in my choice to sign-up to lead a tour! I’ve already begun praying for our team for this incredible summer!

How can you join me on this tour you might ask?
I won’t be able to drag all of you along in a side car on my bike, but here are a few ways to get involved!
#1 PRAY
Pray for Safety: That the trip would be safe as we ride across the country. Pray for good health, strength & energy.
Pray for Pray for Success: That our trip would be successful in making a difference in the world.
Pray for Divine Appointments: Pray that we would come in contact with people and have the opportunity to not only share about our heart for the Just+Hope Cause, but that we would be able to share about the love that drives us to do this. God’s Love.
Pray for Provision: Each of us are responsible to raise $1000 for the cause before we leave for the tour and many of us (myself included) are leaving behind our jobs for this summer. So pray that we would be able to raise money for the cause and also pray that God would provide over our personal bills over the summer.

#2 SUPPORT
*Support our team through keeping up with us on our blogs on http://ventureexpeditionsblog.org/ or on my page www.karljfeller.com I can’t tell you how encouraging it was to hear from people last summer when we got in after a long day of riding!
*Financial Support: You can make a donation towards the cause at:
<http://www.ventureexpeditions.org/page/donate-now>
-Under participant name, just select my name. My tour costs are already covered, so EVERYTHING given on this site under my name will go straight to the Just+Hope Campaign!

#3 JOIN US!
There are still a few open spots on our tour, there are a few shorter tours available too. Here’s a link to all of the Just+Hope Tours! There’s even a Running Tour with a team that is running across the state of Minnesota!
<http://www.ventureexpeditions.org/page/justhope-tour>


Responses

  1. Karl – this is awesome. I’m forwarding it to my husband, who’s getting ready to ride the MS150 in a few weeks. He’s very excited about what you’re doing. God bless. You’ll be in my prayers! 🙂

  2. Thanks a bunch OrganicMoma! Where is he riding the MS150? How exciting. How did you come across my post? I’m so pumped to make a difference in the world by doing something like this again.


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