Scott Umstattd: God’s grace in Craig

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To the editor:

On July 5, a group of bicyclists came through Craig on a journey and a mission. The journey is taking these riders from Seattle to Washington, D.C., throughout the summer months of 2011.

The mission that ignites this journey is to raise awareness about the unhealthy, unproductive and sometimes deplorable living conditions affecting people throughout the U.S. and world.

The mission of these riders goes beyond simply raising awareness. In the four years the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure has taken place, nearly $500,000 has been raised to address such living conditions through the work of The Fuller Center for Housing, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian organization based in Americus, Ga., with dozens of covenant partners in America and worldwide.

Our group of more than 30 riders encountered God’s grace and love as seen through the churches, businesses and the people of Craig.

We would especially like to thank First Congregation Church, which opened its doors and provided cyclists with a place to sleep for two nights, along with meals; local restaurants for helping feed our cyclists; the American Legion for providing showers and a meeting space for our final meal and presentation about our ride and the worldwide work of the Fuller Center for Housing; and J&R Cyclery, which made a special stop at the church to help our riders repair and maintain bikes.

Without the support of people and organizations like we experienced in Craig, our adventure, our mission would never succeed.

Scott Umstattd

The Fuller Center Bike Adventure Team

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