Biking to raise money to build churches

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A group biking coast to coast to raise money, spread awareness and make friends along the way. It's called Pedal to Plant. The group has stopped throughout their journey to share their message with local communities. Wednesday night they rallied in Wichita. 

Hot bread fresh out of the oven, pots and pots of spaghetti with meat sauce warming on the stove. "They've asked for a lot of carbohydrates and protein for what they are doing," Pastor Dennis Welch said.

Indian Hills Church of the Nazarene Pastor Dennis Welch and his wife welcomed a group that came a long way from home. They're biking across the country for a good cause.

"It's an awesome responsibility to be part of this because they are doing such great works they're already planted 85 churches in South America," Welch said.

It's a campaign called Pedal to Plant. This summer the Extreme Nazarene goal is to raise 600,000 to plant six more churches in South America. Courte Zickefoose is one of seven riders committed to biking the full 4,200 miles.

"We went to Seaside Oregon to dip our our back tires in the Pacific and we are going to Yorktown Virginia and on August 13th we are going to dip our front tires into the Atlantic."

Pedal to plant is more than just a ride to raise money, but about connecting with others and sharing their faith. "That's the only reason we are on this. We believe that god is weaving together across demoniations across cultures across the world to create something that's much bigger than ourselves."

Rallies and services at local churches is just part of the journey. Shannon Weward, leads the crowd in worship with song. "We wanted to connect with people on a deeper level than just telling what we are raising money for, which is good but we wanted something more than that."

Click here to visit the Pedal to Plant website.

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