Motorcycle charity ride to benefit Trust and Obey Ministries
by Alan Hodge
Area motorcyclist enthusiasts will have a chance to touch lives in the African country of Cameroon April 30 just by going for a ride.
Trust and Obey Ministries will host “Cruisin’ for Cameroon,” at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Indian Trail, 732 Fairview Road. The main event? A scenic motorcycle ride. The event, $25 per motorcycle, will also feature Italian food served at the church, live entertainment, a silent auction and a bike judging contest.
For the past several years, Trust and Obey Ministries President Terri Smith has taken mission trips to the Cameroon city of Buea, where the nonprofit has opened a primary school, The Potter’s House Education Center. Since 2008, enrollment at the school has tripled to 430 students. However, the ministry has run out of space and been forced to turn away an increasing number of students. It will take at least $50,000 to add new classroom space that could double the school’s capacity.
Smith worries that too few classrooms mean the children suffer from more than a lack of learning.
“They don’t like summer vacation or any other days off from school because they know they won’t be fed,” Smith said. “They just do without.”
The area also suffers from a lack of clean, drinking water, she said.
“Right now, they have to walk 5 miles to get water,” Smith said.
The villagers, mainly women and children, have to make the trek several times a day to get enough water for cooking and washing, she said, and that water is often full of bacteria and parasites.
“Imagine having to go through this to get water for your family,” Smith said. “Many parents watch their children die either from lack of water or diseases caused by contaminated water.”
Trust and Obey representatives are trying to provide better health care in Buea, nearby Ndu and Cameroon, in general.
In one case, a boy named Jack was gravely ill. The mission staff thought he was suffering from parasites. “We were able to connect with a nurse pharmacist close to the village,” who agreed, Smith said. “… The next day we were able to get the funds to pay for his treatment.”
Jack recovered after a short period of medication and proper diet.
Want to help?
Find more information about Trust and Obey’s fundraiser online at www.trustandobey.net or call Terri Smith at 704-517-3251. Entry is $25 per bike. The first 125 people registered get a free T-shirt.