On May 20th I will once again ride in the Ride for Missing Children here in Rochester. It’s my 6th year in a row participating in the ride. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. Biking 100 miles to raise money for children who have been kidnapped, abused, or gone missing seems like the least I can do. Each year when I begin training for the ride I’m reminded of how long it’s been since I last rode. However, just thinking about what is gained through my participation encourages me to keep pedaling. Sometimes our Christian journey is a lot like training for a long bike ride. It may test our faith along the way, but in reading Scripture we can be reminded of God’s promise and our heavenly reward for our endurance.
Recently we had a dozen men and women come here to our home base to begin training and learning about the next steps they need to take to be successful in Asia. During their time here, it was clear that God was drawing together a unified team made up of young adults who yearn to share the Gospel with college students in Asia. Throughout the training weekend, many of them heard from God about different areas of their lives. I got to hear their growing passion for the Asian people during a time of group prayer.
So far we have a total of 13 young men and women including a young man from Mexico and a young woman from Malaysia who will be boarding the plane in August to share the love of Christ with Asian college students who have never heard the Gospel.
As these young men and women begin raising support and get trained to be sent out, they will face ups and downs. Challenges will come along with moments of incredible breakthrough and blessing. Please join me in praying for our new team.