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A Common Thread
April 9, 2009, 5:26 pm
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A while back I blogged about a guy who was riding his bicycle across America to raise money for a women’s hospital in Africa. I just became a little more connected to that story…

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Last summer pastor Bruce Overstreet rode his bicycle across America to raise money for the Koutiala Women and Children’s Hospital (Hospital Femmes Et Enfants) in Mali, Africa. I hadn’t been biking very long when I heard that story, and I decided to make it one of my early blog posts. Bruce finished his 4000 mile ride, I did a follow up post, and I figured that was the end of that.

I also have a very good friend named Jake who took up bicycling about the same time that I did. Although we still haven’t been able to take a ride together we have been swapping stories of our adventures as we’ve discovered bicycling.

Now Jake is a nurse, and since he was young he has wanted to go to Africa as a missionary.  He’s been living here in Utah for the last couple of years, working at a local hospital, but he’s really been waiting for the chance to go to Africa.

That door has finally opened, and Jake is headed out, but here’s the cool part…

Jake is going to be a nurse at the Koutiala Hospital that Bruce was raising money for!

How cool is that?

I just love the way things come together like that sometimes. Maybe there’s something bigger going on here…

UPDATE: If you are curious you’ll find Jake’s blog about his African adventure here.



4100 Mile Ride To Help An African Hospital… Completed!
August 8, 2008, 2:32 pm
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I blogged before about the pastor that is riding his bike 4000 miles across the U.S. to raise $1,000,000 for a women’s hospital in Africa. Well this week he completed his ride. On Wednesday, August 6, Bruce Overstreet completed his ride from Clam Beach, California to Orchard Beach, Maine, a journey of over 4100 miles. Unfortunately the donations at this point are only around $20,000, which is far less than the $1,000,000 he had hoped to raise. They are still accepting donations for the project, so if you would care to give I’m sure it would be appreciated, and it is certainly a worthy cause. Read more about this at Bike4Mali.org.



Ride to raise money for African hospital… 1200 mile Update.
June 25, 2008, 10:54 pm
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I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the pastor that is riding his bike 4000 miles across the U.S. to raise $1,000,000 for a women’s hospital in Africa.  He has made it about 1200 miles so far, into southern Utah.  He’s had some real struggles with equipment and is a bit discouraged, but is pressing on.  I would encourage you to read his updated blog posts, and consider helping out the cause.



A Bicycle Ride to Help Women and Children in Africa
June 12, 2008, 8:24 am
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On June 2, a pastor began a bicycle ride from California to Maine to raise money for a desperately needed Women’s Hospital in Africa.  Here’s the opener from his website

“Welcome to BikeForMali.org! As of June 2, Bruce Overstreet has started riding his bicycle from California to Maine to benefit Koutiala Women and Children’s Hospital in Mali, West Africa. Pledges per mile are being taken and will go towards the needs described on the “Why the Ride?” page. Progress is shown on the “Are We There Yet?” page – including where we are with pledges, and how far Bruce has cycled so far, so be sure to check back!”

This is no small project, as I believe that pastor Bruce is seeking to raise over a million dollars because the need is great! If you’d like to know more about Bruce’s “Bike4Mali” then check out Bike4Mali.org.    If you’d like to give to support the new women’s hospital then please click here.  Here’s some more information about the Koutiala Women and Children’s Hospital (Hospital Femmes Et Enfants).  Thanks for reading!