© 2013 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

4/22/2013 3:07 P.M. ET

Justin Masterson teams up with Bright Hope

Major League Pitcher puts Faith in Action

Cleveland Indians pitcher, Justin Masterson, is teaming up with Bright Hope to bring hope to those living on less than $1 a day in extremely poor communities around the world.

"God gives us gifts and we are to use them for His purposes," says Masterson. "I'm looking forward to contributing to what God is doing through Bright Hope."

Masterson and his wife Meryl will be working with Bright to help raise awareness of the plight of the extreme poor around the world and the positive affect the local church can have on transforming lives in those communities.

"We are thrilled to have Justin join the Bright Hope team," said C.H. Dyer, Bright Hope's president and chief executive officer. "We are thankful for his heart for the poor and desire to bring greater awareness to the power of the local church in the communities we serve."

In November 2013 they will join a team and head to the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya to participate in the projects Bright Hope's partners are executing in that region of the world.

"Meryl and I have received many blessings in this life and strongly believe that to whom much is given much is expected," said Masterson. "Bright Hope's goal to partner with the local church to help bring transformation to some of the poorest regions of the world is something we are humbled to be a part of."

Masterson, who has a strong faith in God, grew up in the church and strives to live out his faith on a daily basis. He and his wife have experience working with extreme poor communities and found Bright Hope to be a natural fit for an organization they would like to put their support behind.


About Bright Hope

Bright Hope's mission is to bring Hope to those living on less than $1 a day. Bright Hope envisions a world where under-resourced indigenous churches transform their communities and bring Hope to the extreme poor. To learn more about Bright Hope please visit www.BrightHope.org.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.