Eric Shadle, pastor of the Richland Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington, begins his bike trek across the United States today to raise money for a diaper charity. Several news organizations have picked up on the story.
"I wanted to do something that could take the conversation across the country and raise money as well as awareness," said Shadle. "This is a national issue, and one in which I believe that followers of Jesus should be on the forefront of helping to solve. And that's because this is a family issue."
Shadle began biking last September. Training for his bike across country was interrupted in February when he had to have open-heart surgery.
"This is a cause greater than me," said Shadle, who talked about how many lower income families with infants are forced to choose between food and diapers.
"I will make it because God has called me to do this. And any pain I endure will only serve to remind me of the pain the infants & toddlers endure every day without our help."
While biking across America, the pastor will make stops at various churches to speak about the charity he is involved in. The plan is for him to arrive at the Silver Spring, Md., headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Sept. 5. Alison Weir of the National Diaper Bank Network has been invited to meet Shadle in Silver Spring.
Weir, who serves as director of Programs for the NDBN, told The Christian Post that her recently formed organization seeks to create "a network of diaper banks."
"Since his ride helps foster our goal of raising awareness about the issue that many people cannot afford diapers, we reached out to Pastor Eric and the diaper bank staff to offer our assistance in connecting him with other diaper banks across the country," said Weir.
"So far, it seems to be a great partnership, as many diaper banks have been corresponding with the pastor about his upcoming trip."
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