Saddle Up – Let’s Ride

Some of the riders in their event T-shirts from the 2016 Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger.

Picture 150 bike riders under a huge, blue sky, cruising across the wide-open plains of Nebraska for four days. This June, for the 22nd year, the Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) will bring riders together from across the country to pedal about 250 miles in a huge circle route in the State of Nebraska. For the second year in a row, part of the proceeds of the ride will support the Society of St. Andrew. While last year’s route traveled through County Fair regions, this year’s tour will roll through cattle country, averaging 63 miles a day. Riders will be fed dinner and breakfast by United Methodist churches in Wisner, Albion, Plainview, and Ponca. They’ll spend their nights at local campgrounds.

Bill Ritter, one of the originators of the NUMB Ride

Each year since 1996, Bill Ritter and Greg Bakewell have coordinated and ridden the NUMB RIDE for Hunger. The event has raised a total of $854,000 over that time. Both are members of The United Methodist Church, and Ritter is District Superintendent of the Great Plains Blue River District. The two originally met in 1995 on another long-range bike event while they sat out a rain storm in a hog barn in Northern Nebraska. They talked about the concern that the church had lots of great hunger projects and not enough funding and publicity to make them more effective – why not create a fund-raising bike ride?

SoSA is grateful to be added to the hunger-relief organizations supported by this ride. We received $16,250 from the NUMB Ride held in the summer of 2016, and we will be one of the organizations supported again this year. Learn more about NUMB at its website. And sign up if you’re interested in next year’s ride!


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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.

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