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7/8/2013 10:22 A.M. ET

Indians RHP Justin Masterson, Bright Hope & Moody Radio alliance

All Star AL Pitcher Justin Masterson Advocates for the Future of 1,400 Children in a Nairobi Slum

Cleveland Indian and AL All Star pitcher, Justin Masterson, is teaming up with Bright Hope and Moody Radio Cleveland 103.3 FM WCRF to bring hope to those living on less than $1 a day in the Mathare Valley, which is the second largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Feed Their Future campaign, led by Masterson and his wife Meryl, is dedicated to bringing hope to 1,400 students living in the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya who are currently enrolled in one of four schools Bright Hope supports. The campaign runs July 1st through August 16th with a goal of $140,000- which will feed and educate 1,400 students for one year. The first week of the campaign has raised $18,220.

"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 raising 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. Support raised for this campaign gives a child two meals a day, six days a week; and an opportunity to attend school by supporting teachers' salaries, books, teaching materials and uniforms.

"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 children in need and desire to bring greater awareness to the reality of life for 1 out of 7 people in our world living in extreme poverty."

In November 2013 Masterson will join a team visiting the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya to serve meals, interact and encourage the children this campaign is supporting.

"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 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 local, in-country church transforms their communities and brings Hope to the extreme poor. To learn more about Bright Hope please visit www.BrightHope.org.


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