Ministry wants to help Third World people who can't read

Millions of people in Third World countries who suffer from poverty and disease are unable or choose not to read, members of T4 Global ministry said during a bike ride across Oklahoma.
By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman Published: July 12, 2014

Two bicyclists pedaling their way through Oklahoma last week battled July sun and fatigue for a cause — to provide lifesaving information for people in Third World countries who don’t read.

The cross-country journey continues for Ed Weaver and Christian Toews, who are expected to end their ride in Washington, D.C., on July 25.

They are with T4 Global, a small Dallas-based ministry that helps people primarily in Africa and South Asia.

According to T4 Global, millions of people are not getting proper information because they don’t use the written word.

“At T4 Global, we’re passionate about oral learners because the need is so great,” Weaver said. “About nine years ago, I found out that two-thirds of the world either can’t, don’t or won’t read.”

Weaver is CEO of T4 Global and is on his first coast-to-coast ride at age 53.

“I want to bring awareness of this issue and what T4 Global can do to change the lives in rural areas of the Third World for the better,” he said.

T4 Global’s webpage indicates the goal of the ride is to raise $100,000.

Weaver started biking two years ago. Toews is 26, and a triathlete, Weaver said.

Finding support

Along the way, Weaver and Toews have found allies to their cause.

One is Matthew Moore, of Edmond.

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