Itâ€™s been said that our generation will be remembered for what we did or did not do to combat abortion. What will your grandchildren say about your efforts?
A group of young adults is doing something worth remembering. In efforts to promote the dignity of life, they are going on a mission — a 1,150-mile mission via bicycle.
From May 21 through 29, 10 men and women will bike from New Orleans to Chicago on this yearâ€™s Biking For Babies ride to raise money for women in crisis pregnancies.Â Our friend Jimmy Becker (pictured here on the right) founded Biking for Babies with Mike Schaefer four years ago. Then coeds at the University of Illinois, their two-man inaugural ride was 600 miles long and raised over $13,000. This year, 8 cyclists will join the team, and collectively they are aiming to raise $40,000. The group of 10 will ride between 90 and 190 miles each day, beginning in New Orleans and concluding in Chicago. Financial and spiritual support received will benefit the work of 8 different pro-life organizations across the country.
But the ride is more than a fundraiser.Â Along their journey, the cyclists will stay with host parishes and families and present talks on the dignity of life.Â As Jimmy says, â€œIn the year I was born, over 1.5 million babies were killed by abortion in just the United States alone. How many of those could have been our classmates? Our teammates? Our friends? Weâ€™re riding for the 1.5 million that arenâ€™t here to ride with us.â€
My husband Joel and I first met Jimmy several years ago when he presented at a Des Moines-area parish about his work with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) at the University of Illinois and Wisconsin. He is now a FOCUS missionary at the University of Texas in Austin. His Biking For Babies cofounder Mike Schaefer currently works as the Associate Director at the Newman Center at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The rest of the team includes a mix of students, seminarians, and professionals from Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Virginia, and Wisconsin (read profiles of all 10 riders here).
In fact, just head on over to BikingForBabies.com to check out a whole bunch of stuff, including documentary videos, donation forms, information on the pro-life charities, etc., etc., etc. And bookmark the site because once the ride begins, updates on their journey will be added daily.
And to the 10 riders:May the road rise up to meet you.Â May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,Â and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,Â May God hold you in the palm of His hand.