The Great 48
48 States. 5 Brothers. 1 Dream.
Biking to Educate Children in Honduras
*Article is based on an interview with Great 48 member, Mike Amen.
A group of five men calling themselves The Great 48 are riding their bicycles through every one of the 48 contiguous United States in an effort to raise the funds required to cover the cost of building a secondary school and a college in Comayagua, Honduras. Mike Amen, Brett Citrowske, Chris Gould, Benjamin Ruggeberg and Shaheed Shihan hope to raise $100,000 for each school. Reverend Tom Stamman, President of Impact Ministries International will be matching up to $150,000 of the funds earned by The Great 48.
Their journey began before the men ever started pedaling out of Brookings, South Dakota when two of the group members traveled with Impact Ministries International to The City of Refuge in Comayagua, Honduras. “[Reverend Stamman] spoke in Vermillion, South Dakota in March, and we went to see him and talk to him about the orphanage. He actually told us that his wife was going to Honduras the next weekend, which was our Spring Break,” recounts Mike Amen. “We were really impressed. It is a legitimate cause to bike 10,000 miles. We were blown away.”
After answering all of the questions posed by their families, the men started their journey around the country. “They miss us and they worry about us but they are comfortable about it now,” says Mr. Amen regarding the support of the group’s families.
Family concerns were legitimate as every journey has its ups and downs. In the beginning the men had a lot of flat tires but thanks to some good folks in Mile City, Montana the guys were given brand new tires entirely free of charge.
“… We have seen a ton of awesome things, and meeting people has been the best,” continues Mr. Amen. “Hearing their stories and learning from what they have done in their lives… and what they have gone through in life. [It’s] kind of inspirational to hear their hopes, dreams, and it has been uplifting for us. We have met some just phenomenal people.”
The inspirational men and women the group have met on their trip have also been generous; The Great 48 have yet to spend any money on lodging thanks to the hospitality of their new friends across our great country. The group continues to fundraise on most Sundays but still needs your help to achieve their goal and finish their journey.
“A lot of people doubted that we could stick together this long,” says group member Mike Amen, “Patience can run thin but we are good enough friends that we have the patience.”
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If you would like to learn more about The Great 48 please visit their website at www.thegreat48.us.
You can also donate to their amazing cause by visiting their donation page at gofundme.com/thegreat48