CLEVELAND - Cleveland Indians ace Justin Masterson is planning to tackle more than just his pitching mechanics in the off season this year.
Masterson is teaming up with Bright Hope to help those living in some of the poorest communities around the world. Masterson, who has a strong faith in God, grew up in the church. He and his wife Meryl have worked with extremely poor communities before, so the partnership with Bright Hope seemed like a natural fit.
"We are thrilled to have Justin join the Bright Hope team," said C.H. Dyer, Bright Hope's president and chief executive officer in a press release. "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."
Masterson and his wife Meryl will join a team heading to the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya in November to help spread the positive affects a local church can have on transforming lives in those poorest communities.
"God gives us gifts and we are to use them for His purposes," said Masterson in a press release. 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."
For more information about Bright Hope, visit www.BrightHope.org .