In 1961, Paul Anderson, an Olympic gold medalist and world champion weightlifter, hopped on a bike and rode from Vidalia, Ga. to Omaha, Neb. for one sole purpose: to raise the much-needed funds to found a Christian home for troubled young men. Now 60 years later, the Paul Anderson Youth Home celebrates more than 1,400 lives changed through a process of recovery, restoration, and redemption.
It is only fitting that we hold this year’s 16th annual Paul Anderson Bike Ride in Paul’s hometown of Toccoa, Ga. from July 19th to July 23rd as we continue to commemorate that original ride. Our prayer is that this will be a transformative experience for each of the five young men riding a total of more than 300 miles.
To these young men, this is much more than a bike ride. This ride is their chance to demonstrate how far they’ve come physically, mentally, and spiritually – and to prove to themselves that with hard work, they can do anything.
Supporters can contribute to the Bike Ride by sponsoring one of the young men participating. In doing so, you’re making much more than a tax-deductible contribution; you are making an investment in God’s kingdom that will make an eternal difference in the lives of these young men.
Our hope is that the boys who spend time at PAYH leave us with a renewed sense of purpose, self-discipline, and determination. With your support, we can reach this year’s goal of raising $150,000, thus further introducing young men to Jesus Christ, who can transform their lives for eternity.