On Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 10:00 a group of 45 motorcyclists and their support team will leave Bible House in Bellville for the fourth annual Word Riders tour. This tour takes place under the auspices of the Bible Society of South Africa. This year the weeklong tour will meander through the Little Karoo (Montagu, Ladismith, Oudtshoorn), along the Garden Route (Knysna, Hartenbos) and ends at Struisbaai on March 29.
The first day’s shift will take them via Franschhoek and Villiersdorp to Montagu and during the week, towns such as De Rust, Hartenbos, Knysna, Albertinia, Swellendam, Bredasdorp and Struisbaai will be visited.
The tour, however, is not just about an enjoyable motorbike ride. Bibles are also taken on the trip and these Bibles will be distributed to Grade 7 learners at rural schools along the route. Most of these children cannot afford a Bible of their own. This donation is made possible by the Bible Society’s Bibles for Grade 7 learners project as well as funds that were raised by the bikers themselves.
In 2011, when the King James Bible celebrated its 400th anniversary, eight motorcyclists decided to celebrate this event by travelling to deep rural areas in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to give Bibles to Grade 7 learners. This was the start of the Word Riders tour.
The event is also used to create awareness for the work of the Bible Society. The touring group will attend church services in Montagu, Barrydale and Ladismith on Sunday, March 23.
A special breakfast has been arranged at the Let’s Go Bowling Italian Restaurant at George on 26 March at 07:00. Rev Gerrit Kritzinger, Chief Executive Officer of the Bible Society, will be the speaker at this event. More information is available from Willem Botha at 083 338 0389.
Those who would like to learn more about this tour or who would like to become involved with the Bibles for Grade 7 Learners project can contact the Bible Society. More information is available from Mims Turley on 083 255 5765 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Every R40 the Bible Society receives helps towards giving a child in need an Outreach Bible.
Readers cab follow the tour on the Word Riders blog www.wordriders.wordpress.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.