Epic journey of faith
Open Doors supporter, Stephen Kyle, has completed his incredible 4,800 cycle ride from Bangor, Northern Ireland, to cycle over 4,800 miles... to Turkey!
Huge thanks to Stephen who has done this because he wants to raise money and awareness for persecuted believers around the world. Thank you so much for your prayerful support and to everyone who supported him financially. Not only was this a self-financing trip, but Stephen who has his own business, closed it for six weeks to allow him to undertake this cycle. What a sacrifice for our persecuted family. We do not have the exact amount raised yet but it is somewhere in the region of £12,000 at the moment - he is hoping to reach £15,000.
You can support Stephen in his mammoth journey by visiting his JustGiving page. There, you can find out about his journey and sponsor him. His wife and daughters have flown out to Turkey to join him for a few days’ holiday before he returns home (via a plane this time)
Before he left Stephen said: "The Lord has placed on my heart a love for the persecuted church. Many of them receive help from Open Doors, but this help comes at a financial cost. So I decided to try and raise some much needed funds... I haven't attempted anything approaching this scale before. There'll be many challenges... I'd like prayer for my family who will undoubtedly be anxious whilst I'm away."
Below, you can see maps of Stephen's epic route.