Cycling crew looking for new and old Bibles

2012-02-09 00:00

“As a teenager without special skills, degrees or money, it is often hard to find a way to help other people ... but I can ride a bike,” said 15-year-old Rogan Watson, the youngest rider in the Bible/KM initiative.

Watson is joining a crew of locals who are riding their bicycles from Pietermaritzburg to Cape Town, through the Free State, to raise funds to buy Bibles for those who are unable to afford their own.

The Bible/KM ride was initiated by Jan Botha, a member of the All Saints United Church, who had an idea, on his way to partake in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour, to raise money for the distribution of Bibles doing something that he loved.

“I contacted the Bible Society of South Africa and found out that 76% of South Africans are Christian. Based on our population of 50 million people, around four million of these Christians do not own a Bible,” said Botha.

The 14-member crew from Pietermaritzburg are to depart on the February 22 for their 1 950km ride that ends with the Cape Argus Cycle Tour; readying themselves for a torrid adventure and hoping to raise enough money to distribute 2 000 Bibles.

Along the way, they also expect many interested members of the public to ride with them for bouts of the journey, one of whom is older than 70 years.

However, the ride is not only about raising money; the Bible/KM crew are also hoping that people donate good second hand bibles that are no longer in use.

There are many collection points including the All Saints United Church, Jowett’s Cycles, Power Motors and Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge which is offering a free piece of fudge for every Bible brought in to the store.

The riders will also be personally dropping off 50 Zulu Bibles for the African Enterprise as well as Bibles for the life ministries, prison ministries and orphanages. “There are so many people who don’t have access to God’s work because they can’t afford it or because they have never heard of it,” said Botha. “I am extremely nervous ... I have never done anything of this magnitude in my life.”

Said Sharon Archibald: “Although this is a personal challenge for me, it would not be a challenge at all if it were not for the cause. The Lord says in the Bible to go out and spread His word and with His and your help we are going to do just that”.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Jan Botha at 079 6940 406.

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