Friday, July 8, 2011

An Inside view of The Challenge

Here are reflections from three of the wives of the riders. 

I'm grateful that Dave can represent our family in support of this ministry.  Their "high spirits" despite all the bumps (literally and figuratively) certainly reflect their determination to complete the work God has called them to do.  I count it a privilege to be part of the "crew" behind this dedicated team.      Gail

As far as thoughts on the trip from a wife's perspective... I know for me I was excited that Scott was able to take something he loves to do for enjoyment and exercise and use it to support local ministries.  I am used to Scott going overseas for short term medical trips and using the knowledge God gave him as a physician to help those in need for the advancement of the gospel but how cool is it that God can using something like biking!  A sport that Scott feels is a gift from God to him anyway. [He had spinal cord surgery 18 years ago that left him with some paralysis so he went from being a strong athlete to being unable to run or play basketball anymore.  When God opened up the door to allow him to ride a bike about 10 years ago it was such a blessing!  Anyway, I miss him like crazy but I know he is having the time of his life, being challenged physically and being encouraged in his faith by godly men--and the best part is because of the generosity of so many, several local ministries will be able to continue reaching the lost! It's a win-win!            Ellen 

My perspective....this has been a lesson in God's faithfulness for me and many watching this unfold.  This is the incredible journey that I watched Tony go through the past several months: 

He attended a gathering to learn more about Urban Vision.  God put a vision in Tony's heart for Justice and Mercy Ministries regarding Urban Vision.  Tony knew he could contribute $1000 and possibly gather additional support to match that amount.  Even though he had had back surgery in December 2010, he thought he should get back on his bike and raise the money on a bike trip.  Obviously the bike trip turned into a very long distance (Cincinnati to Cleveland) and many men joined the cycling cause. 

... God did great things with the faithfulness of few.  Everyday, Tony's email would rock with a new support dollar amount.  God has promised His faithfulness and I am learning to trust that more and more everyday.  That premise skyrocketed for me through this process.  The humorous part....Tony IS Italian.  You mix that with what has happened and it makes for a very weepy emotional man that has renewal so deep and so strong, the joy in our home is indescribable.   I am so happy for him that he gets to experience this journey with other men that love the Lord and I cannot wait to hear all the stories!!!      Love,      Robin


Jacquelyn Stager said...

Thankful for the support of these wives and families through this event! Robin, I totally "get" what you are saying about Tony being Italian! LOL

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