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March 11, 2014

Couple cycles 3,000 miles for abused children

MILLEDGEVILLE — Frank May wanted to do some small act to help better a child’s life. Susan, his wife, had a passionate desire to support The Methodist Home.

Together, they decided to use their talent of riding bicycles to better a child’s life at The Home.

“This purpose is just the kind of thing that our church is instilling in its members. We are encouraged to use our talents to serve, and I believe that is exactly what we are doing,” said Susan.

The Mays will ride from St. Augustine, Fla. to San Diego, Calif., more than 3,000 miles. The journey will take the couple two months to complete. Neither one has ever done such a ride before.  

“We want to ride, but we want to do more than just ride,” said Frank. “We want to ride in such a way that it helps change a child’s life. Through the support, we earn over the 3,000 miles, we will impact the lives of boys and girls at The Methodist Home.”

The Mays hope to travel about 57 miles each day. Frank and Susan will carry everything they need (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, clothes, shoes, rain gear and cookware).

They also hope to carry the community’s love and concern for abused boys and girls with them. Per mile or total pledges will be an encouragement as they cycle through the states.

Along their way those interested can keep up with the adventures of Wes the Bear.

Wes is a Methodist Home bear given to Frank and Susan. They named him after Methodist founder, John Wesley.

Follow the adventure by searching Bicycling for The Methodist Home on Facebook.

The Mays are also collecting online donations for The Methodist Home on The Home’s website, www.themethodisthome.org/bike.

To extend prayers, support for their ride or to invite the Mays to speak at a church, civic club or other group about their ride send an email to frank0823@gmail.com or dsusanmay@gmail.com.

Founded in 1872 in Macon, The Methodist Home serves children, youth and families in crisis. Residential campuses serve 130 youth across the state including Americus, Columbus, Macon, St. Marys, Valdosta and Waverly Hall.

The Home also serves another 400 families annually with community-based services through its Lighthouse for Families program.

The Methodist Home for boys and regional office in St. Marys opened in 2002 and serves young men ages 12 to 17. With a capacity of 12 residents, the home has stayed at or near capacity since opening.    

In response to Christ and the Church, the mission of the Methodist Home is to be a model organization that restores childhoods, strengthens families and cultivates a people-building organization.

 

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