Platinum selling, Dove Award winning recording artist, Mark Schultz, is embarking on an Across America bike ride to raise support for orphans and widows. From May 6 through early July, Schultz will bicycle from California to New Hampshire stopping along the way to perform concerts featuring music from his latest album, Broken and Beautiful.
Everybody's peddling something, but Schultz says, "My wheels are turning to actually get somewhere." And that destination is his cause, helping orphans and widows. Schultz's inspiration to make this 3,500-mile trek came from a visit he and his wife, Kate, made to orphanages in Mexico. In the spring of 2006, they went on a mission trip with The James Fund, a non-profit organization founded by Family Christian Stores, to meet the needs of orphans and widows in distress.
Schultz's own adoption drew him to explore this ministry. Seeing firsthand the harsh realities for many orphans and realizing that he could have easily been one of the boys in the orphanage, he wanted to make a difference. "I went to visit some orphanages last spring and hang out with the kids, and I thought, how can I raise money for these kids?" says Schultz. "It seemed like nobody in the music business had ever done a tour where they rode their bike across the country and did concerts. I thought, that sounds impossible, let's do that!"
For Canadians, here is the closest area Schultz will be passing through where you can cheer him on:
June 28, Hamburg, NY
June 29, Hamburg, NY
To sponsor Schultz's solo trek across America please visit www.markacrossamerica.org.
Writer: Soul Shine Staff