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06/26/08 - Tyler

Blood Water Tyler Charity Event Coming Next Tuesday

You've probably heard the commercials or seen the signs around for the huge Blood Water Tyler event coming next week.

It's going to feature an appearance by the bestselling Christian author of Blue Like Jazz, and contemporary Christian musician Sara Groves.

KLTV 7 News' Danielle Capper found out this event is part of a world-wide mission that spurred a cross country bike tour to stop in East Texas.

They say knowledge demands action, and Blood Water Mission is doing something.

When Grace Community's Pastor Doug Clark, a biker, heard about the reason for the Ride Well Bike Tour, he knew it was something to get involved in.

"It just kinda melded together. We have Ride Well Bicycling, and we Blood Water people who need clean blood and clean water. That is how we can get excited about it. And I thought man, if the church - nah, forget the churches - if the people in Tyler could get together and see outside ourselves."

The tour, and Tuesday's stop in Tyler, is to raise money for wells in Africa, not put on by one man, or one church - they're crossing denomination barriers with ten churches involved.

"Who knows what God is going to do with the whole thing," said Pastor Clark today. 

The riders will ride into Tyler about 5pm Tuesday, then they'll go to Bergfeld Park for the event. But they say it's not just about the big event here, or even the final destination, but about the people along the way that are informed, empowered and then the lives they'll touch across the world.

"3,000 people a day are dying. A dollar could give an African water for a year. It's not something that they can do on their own, it's something that someone is going to have to do for them. And we want to be a part of that, big time." 

Stretching from East Texas to Africa to help those that are helpless.

The event is next Tuesday, July 1st from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Bergfeld Park in Tyler.

The free concert by Sara Groves will be followed by a message by New York Times best selling author Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz.

Danielle Capper, reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

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