Members of the faith-based organization, Brotherhood of the Cross, grabbed their bikes and made their way to Brazil to help raise funds for a local facility that assists those who are dealing with addiction.
“We do benefit rides, this is one of our biggest ones that we do for the House of Hope, it’s called Hope on Wheels. This is our fifth year of doing this for the House of Hope.” said Tracy Carpenter, Brotherhood of the Cross President.
In addition to the 100 mile bike ride, there was a silent auction, food, and live music. A pastor from Wisconsin even made his own journey to help out.
“It’s only 10 hours but I will drive for days, I will drive for weeks to come to places like this to give these people hope.” says Brian Cole, Faith Riders Motorcycle Ministry.
Brian Cole also wants to encourage those battling addiction to keep fighting.
“They’re not who the public says they are and everybody else, their family that gave up hope on them. So we just want to drive around and try to give people a message of hope” said Cole.
Helping the house of hope fight drug addiction is a cause that hits home for many members.
“We come here once a month, the brotherhood of the cross, to preach the gospel and to teach about Jesus. We just have a love for them because most of us that are a part of the Brotherhood of the Cross have come from that lifestyle” said Carpenter.
Carpenter believes that spreading hope and faith will have an effect on those who receive the message. “What better way to get away from drugs and alcohol? By through Jesus Christ.”