Area churches volunteer services for UCI bike race in Richmond

Area churches volunteer services for UCI bike race in Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The faith community prepares to spread hope throughout one of the largest sporting events in the world, as thousands of international cyclists hit the streets of Richmond for the UCI Road World Championships.

"The world has come to our doorstep," Jeff Chadwick, of the Church on the Avenue, says. "God has entrusted us with the task of showing His love to the nations, and we can do that right here in Richmond without ever having to go abroad."

They call themselves Richmond 2015 HOPE ambassadors, representing dozens of area churches and faith organizations. Their goal is to offer hope, hospitality, and help to the thousands of visitors coming to this area and making it "home" for nine days.

"We're covering all aspects of the race," Amie Carter, of Mt. Gilead International Full Gospel Ministries, says. "We're going to be there at the airport to greet them. We're going to be at their hotels to welcome them to the city. We want to do anything and everything that we can to make them feel at home and to make them feel special."

Part of making them feel special is catering to their every need in a language they can understand, which is why volunteers are offering a language station at the convention center. Visitors will be able to get important information in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and more.

"Most people don't know that there are over 124 languages that are spoken here in our city," Minh Ha Nguyen, of the International Community Church, says. "The reason why me and people like us who are from the international community  church and who are from the international mission board, we know the languages of the fans that will be coming."
HOPE ambassadors are also providing transportation for other race volunteers, as well as temporary housing.
The UCI Road World Championships runs September 19 through 27.
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