Seventh-day Adventist pastor to bike across US for charity

Published: Wednesday, July 4 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Pastor Eric Shadle is taking a sabbatical and plans to use his time off to "raise awareness about the need for diapers." Because diapers are a major need in families, Shadle feels his ride represents the type of kindness Jesus would show to provide for those in need. Although he recently had open-heart surgery, Shadle, who will stop along to the way speak at churches and raise awareness of the need for diapers, is determined not to let health issues slow him down and believes his will be able to endure the hardships of his ride because he says God has called him.

A Washington State pastor who has recently had open-heart surgery will be biking across the United States for the benefit of raising money for diapers.

Eric Shadle of Seventh-day Adventist Church in Richland will begin the 3,700 mile on Sunday, with the proceeds going to a local diaper bank.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Shadle explained that he was doing the bike trip during a planned sabbatical to "raise awareness about the need for diapers."

"I wanted to do something that could take the conversation across the country and raise money as well as awareness," said Shadle. "This is a national issue, and one in which I believe that followers of Jesus should be on the forefront of helping to solve. And that's because this is a family issue."

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