by Bryce Asberg
There are many ways you can get involved and give back to the community alongside your quizzing friends this August. With the recent creation of the PNW Bible Quizzing blog, it seemed like a perfect time to take the opportunity to share about a ministry that many Bible Quizzers are involved with. I am thinking of course of 4US! 4US stands for 4 UltraSound, and it is a nonprofit charity that was started nine years ago to raise money to buy ultrasound machines for Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) throughout the Northwest. These PRCs are a great resource for women, especially those in crisis pregnancies, and upon getting an ultrasound at one of the beneficiary centers, 96% chose life for their child (compared to the national average of 50% of those in crisis pregnancies). 4US and the PRCs it partners with are empowering women to make beneficial choices for them and their child.
Now we get to the fun part: in order to raise money for ultrasound machines, 4US hosts a variety of events, including The World’s Largest Squirt Gun Fight, a 5K LumaGlow FunRun, 21, 42, and 70 mile Bike Rides, 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races and walks, and motorcycle rides. These events take place on Saturday, August 15th (except for the LumaGlow FunRun, which is on Friday August 14th.)
These events are a ton of fun, but even better than that, ONE-HUNDRED PERCENT of the registration fee for these events goes towards an ultrasound machine!! How is that possible you ask? Well, that is where the best part (and the Bible Quizzing Team) come in. In order to put on the events and to cover the costs, a group of people called The 300 volunteer for 3 days and raise 300 dollars each. This fundraising ensures that all of the costs that 4US has are covered. This means that if you come out to the events and pay 2 dollars for a hot dog, 2 dollars just went toward an ultrasound machine!
And while this may be charitable and philanthropic, it is also a TON of fun. While The 300 are volunteering they get to spend time with many other believers, eat good food (Chick-Fil-A is chipping in food for the volunteers this year!), and camp out together! As a testament to the awesomeness of The 300, just look at the Bible Quizzing team. Last year it was our first year and we had 8 people. This year, 6 of the 8 veterans returned (with valid reasons for skipping from the 2 who can’t return) and 9 more rookies have joined our merry band of Quizzers to bring us up to a total of 15 people so far, making us the 3rd largest team involved with The 300!
If you are able, we would absolutely love for any person involved with quizzing to join our 300 team. Please feel free to contact me (Bryce) or any other team member with any questions you may have. More information can be found at http://4us.org/the300.html . If you are not able to do The 300, I hope you will consider coming out to one (or more) of the AWESOME, family-friendly events that 4US hosts. More information about those can be found at http://4us.org/index.html. In addition to coming to events, we could use your support in whatever area you can afford, whether through prayer or financially. Any donations can be directed to our team through this link: https://app.4us.org/Fundraising/View/65
The deadline for The 300 registration is JULY 31st!! So sign up soon! Jobs that The 300 participate in include: child care, Race Course marshalling, concessions, canopy set-up/takedown, Race course marking, LumaGlow set-up, World’s Largest Squirt Gun Fight set-up, and many other, entertaining, exhausting, and awesome roles. This year’s Bible Quizzing team is sure to be a blast, and it includes (so far):
See you in August!