The primary objective of Bikes and Bibles is to provide utilitarian bicycles and native-language bibles to the poorest pastors in The United Methodist connection, those in Africa’s poorest countries. Pastors in local African villages are often without compensation from their congregations. They serve as local pastors, appointed by the Bishop of their Annual Conference, but often earning almost total support as local farmers or tradespeople within the village. They rely on small farm plots or gardens to support their family while pastoring in a territory that spans several square miles. Transportation is often by foot. A bicycle is a vital tool for ministry, commerce and access to family education.
$150 for a bike
$25 for a bible
$175 for combination (bike & bible)
$700 for a box of four
$7,000 for an Annual Conference
We buy the bikes and bibles in Africa at costs of $100 to $125 each, plus delivery to the site of presentation. Bicycles are usually packed unassembled, four to a box (200 lbs.) by Asian manufacturers. Pastors assemble their own bike or we have it done for $5 each. We compensate our indigenous coordinators for their work. Bibles are available from local Bible societies. Costs vary between $15 and $25 for a hard copy, local language, edition. English and French are cheaper but less desirable for village ministry. We budget $150 for a bike and $25 for a bible as realistic targets for our supporters. $175 for the combination. $700 for a box of four. $7,000 for an Annual Conference.
How to Give
Bikes and Bibles, a non-profit operating component of the 501(c)(3) Kilpatrick Charitable Trust, was approved as a ministry by the North Georgia Annual Conference Outreach committee and received its first Conference grant in 2013. The independent Mission Society has also approved this ministry. 100% of the funds received from congregations and individuals goes to Africa for the work of Bikes and Bibles.
Tax deductible gifts can be (1) mailed directly to the North Georgia Conference designated for Bikes and Bibles (2) given to your local United Methodist Church and designated for Bikes and Bibles at The North Georgia Conference or (3) mailed to The Mission Society and designated for Bikes and Bibles.
Contributions may be sent to:
The United Methodist Church
North GA Conference
P.O. Box 102417
Atlanta, GA 30368-2417
The Mission Society
6234 Crooked Creek Road
Norcross, GA 30092
Ways to Take Action
Ask us about our Vacation Bible School Partner program! We will provide flyers, announcements and displays to help you with your VBS mission Project. Bikes and Bibles makes a great project that the kids can relate to!