Tour d'Haiti Starts Tomorrow, Jan 8thRich Stigall
A doctor, a food salesman, builders, entrepreneurs, etc…25 riders from six states ride day one of the Tour d’Haiti tomorrow. Day one of five days of riding; 200 miles visiting 10 Haitian children’s villages and giving away 200 Mongoose bicycles to orphaned and abandoned children. One Tour rider from Olathe is 16 years old, about the same age as the older children living at the villages. Other Tour riders are granddads. All of them are bound by the conviction that this is about more than bicycles.
The Tour d’Haiti is intended to honor the resiliency of the Haiti people, celebrate the beauty of the land and bring love, fun, and hope to hundreds of children who will receive their first bicycle. Do you remember how excited you were when you received yours?
Dorel has donated hundreds of bikes. Garmin is also behind this adventure. Their documentary team is here to help tell the story; even so, the Tour will have too many stories to tell.
Less than 48 hours ago, all 200 children’s bikes were boxed up and stuck in customs. They had been there for months, and we needed them within hours. We were even beginning to move on a backup plan to bring soccer balls.
They came yesterday, and we began to build last night until 11 pm. We started again this morning at 7 am, and we’re having a ball! (Big thanks to our friend and partner, Janeil Owen at NWHCM, for all his help!)
God knew we needed the bikes! He knows we need the rest of riders to arrive safely today. He knows what Haiti needs, and God finishes what He starts. Grateful to God, for the opportunity to serve Him by loving on children in Haiti, we look forward to Day One of the first Tour d’Haiti tomorrow. Please check the blog for regular updates. Now, if you’ll excuse us, we have to go build some more bikes!
You can follow all the updates from the Tour d’Haiti at www.tourdhaiti.org