Eight amateur cyclists pedaling from Florida to New York will take a break from their bikes to join Sidewalk Prophets at a benefit concert on June 19 in Cleveland. The second annual She's My Sister Bike Tour and benefit concert are part of an effort to raise awareness of and support for the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The benefit concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the Dove Award-winning band Sidewalk Prophets. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held at First Baptist Church, 1275 Stuart Road.
Led by American Bible Society, She's My Sister is a collaborative effort of organizations from around the globe dedicated to providing Scripture-based trauma healing programs and practical aid to the women of the DRC and the surrounding region. It equips local churches to care for spiritual and emotional wounds caused by decades of brutal conflict, overcoming barriers of pain that separate people from God and one another, and restoring hope for the future.
"The Congo has been called the rape capital of the world," said cyclist Gordon Brown. "This concert is a great way to help raise awareness of the terror these women have survived and provide the Cleveland community with a way to help."
"In this region of the world, many devout Christian women mistakenly believe that to grieve over the brutality they've experienced is to question the sovereignty of God," said American Bible Society President Lamar Vest, former president of Cleveland’s Lee University. "She's My Sister demonstrates through Scripture that lament and grief are acceptable and healing responses to trauma."
For more information about the bike tour, visit mysistertour.org.
About American Bible Society:
Headquartered in Manhattan, the 196-year-old American Bible Society exists to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message. One of the nation's oldest nonprofit organizations, today’s American Bible Society provides interactive, high- and low-tech resources enabling first-time readers and seasoned theologians alike to engage with the best-selling book of all time.