The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) Convention Relations Office is sponsoring the first annual Ride to Clyde motorcycle charity ride to support the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH).
The ride will take place over three days in May. Riders will gather Wednesday evening, May 4, at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell and head west from there. The ride will be completed Saturday morning, May 7, when the group reaches BCH’s Broyhill Home campus in Clyde, N.C.
Along the way, riders will visit Cameron Boys Camp and the Mills Home Campus while enjoying the scenic byways of North Carolina.
Brian Davis, associate executive director-treasurer for the BSC, says, “The Ride to Clyde will be a great opportunity for those who love riding to not only enjoy the back roads of our state, but to see and hear the testimonies of lives that are changed by the gospel through the ministry of BCH.
“I’m not only looking forward to the ride, but to the fellowship and the opportunity to share my faith in Christ with those who will join us.”
Rit Varriale, senior pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby, is also joining the ride. Varriale believes this event not only has the potential to raise much-needed support for BCH, but also to introduce riders to BCH ministries.
“We will only get to visit three of the 20 children’s homes campuses across the state, but after this trip, riders will have a much better understanding of the unique ministries of the children’s homes.
“We hope that they will become ambassadors for the children’s homes in their churches.”
Varriale is also excited about the opportunities that a multi-day event provides for riders who are Christians to interact with riders who are not Christians. Having participated in other multi-day charity rides, Varriale says the opportunities for disciple-making abound.
“We want riders who are Christians to bring their friends who are not believers along,” he said. “As we share meals, take rest stops and unwind at the end of each day’s ride, we’ll have opportunities to share the gospel.”
The full itinerary for the ride, as well as registration and fund-raising information, may be found at http://bit.ly/1Sm53Id.
The Ride to Clyde is also open to those who can only join the group for a portion of the route. Information for day riders may also be found on this same webpage.
Riders may also contact Cynthia King at (800) 395-5102 or via email at [email protected].