Intestinal Fortitude - 06/19/2014 Membership Meeting

Well, it's finally here and what a great year it has been! Our final regular membership meeting for 2013-2014 was at the O'Henry and we ended just as we started - with another fantastic morning of fellowship and another tremendous presentation!

David Crabtree is my hero. A fellow Gate City Rotarian who has never listened to the words, "You can't do that",  David's Hope Ride has become an unbelievable test of perseverance and conviction. I can't do it justice with words, so I'll steal and paraphrase what Hope Ride is all about from the website you will see linked below.

History of HopeRide

Pastor David Crabtree founded HopeRide in 2011 as a bicycle epic to raise funding for missions projects in the Southern African countries. Past HopeRides have crossed three nations, drawing attention to changing culture by positively affecting the lives of children with the gospel and resources for a better life. Last years journey began at Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia, and continued south through the Chobe wilderness of Botswana; an adventure complete with wild animal encounters, thirty-three flats, and seven exhausted team members.

David's presentation at our meeting was about HopeRide 2014, his longest and toughest ride yet. A continental crossing in excess of one thousand miles! Crippled by a terrible case of food poisoning, David still managed to finish the ride that raises funds for water projects and ministry development on the western Zambezi River in Zambia. This work continues under the direction of Reaching a Generation (see

It's never too late to help HopeRide bring clean water, eternal hope, and needed resources to this impoverished part of the world. There are links off the website to make a donation. This latest ride has approached the $100,000 mark in donations. Amazing!

David Crabtree is a member of Gate City Rotary and serves as lead Pastor at Calvary Church, an Assemblies of God fellowship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

HopeRide 2014 honors the memory of Rev. David C Crabtree who went to his eternal reward March 24, 2014.

For more information or to make a contribution, follow this link:

Well, we start a new year this Thursday night at The Proximity. Remember, no Thursday morning meeting! Hope to see everyone there!