Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Kickoff for 2015!

The Ride4Life 2015 is on! Our riders are training hard, our SAG drivers are planning our meals and break stops, and everyone is working hard on fundraising. The ride departs in one month on September 19 for a week. 
Our team will cover 700 miles in one week around Michigan. We would like to introduce you to our team and ask for your prayers and support as we get ready to RIDE4LIFE!!!


Sherry Hoppen

Sherry is a longtime employee and volunteer for LPC. This is her 6th Ride4Life.

Don Wickstra

Don is a former LPC Board Member and volunteers for many events at LPC. Don is riding for the 5th time in the Ride4Life.

Jonna Lubbers

Jonna is an avid rider with a passion for life. This is her 4th Ride4Life.

Garry Markvluwer

Garry is joining us for the 2nd year in a row. Garry and his wife are very active at LPC. Garry raises funds for both the LPC Golf fundraiser and the Ride4Life.  Garry is a strong leader on The Ride and his leadership on the road is so valuable!

Shelley Hollar

Shelley is the Holland Center Director and is participating in the Ride for the 2nd time as well. We missed her last year, due to surgery, but she is back and we are so thankful she has healed and is able to ride!

Joe Aernouts

Joe is a first time rider for LPC. His wife is a director at LPC and has done the ride twice and now it’s Joe’s turn! We look forward to having Joe join us this year.

Joe Albers

Joe is also a first time rider and new cyclist as well. His involvement at LPC started with his mother-in-law Sherry and he has always stepped up where needed. Thankful that Joe is riding with us!

Bob Parsons

Bob is riding for the Pregnancy Services of Gratiot County in Alma, MI. He has been training hard and we are happy to have him be part of the group! Bob’s wife Desiree is the Assistant Director of that center and it is so great to see how he shares the passion for what his wife does every day. Thank you to the Alma Center for hosting us for dinner on the first day!

Jim Luehm

Jim is also riding for Pregnancy Services of Gratiot County and is their Board President. He is very passionate for the pro-life cause and cycling. He is honored to support the Center in Alma and we are thankful he is joining us this year!

We are so excited to host this collaborative effort as our two centers come together and Ride4Life!


Carolyn Doyle

Carolyn is the Executive Director for LPC and has been involved in the Ride4Life for the past 6 years. She routes the trip and leads our SAG Team and Riders safely on the route every year. She is an excellent team leader and her leadership plays a vital part in the Ride4Life.

MaryAnn VanKampen

MaryAnn is joining us for the second year in a row. MaryAnn is a whirlwind at break time with snacks and whatever else we need to have ready to go. She gave lots of hugs to sweaty riders whenever needed as well. So glad she is back for another Ride!

Diane Meyerholtz

Diane is also back for a second year. She is Carolyn’s sister and together they make sure we know where to go and make many of the decisions on the road for the team. She pitches in wherever needed and we so appreciate her!

Terry & Kay Agal

Terry drove our Mobile Center last year and is back for another Ride and bringing his wife Kay along to assist this year (or to keep him in line!) Driving that big RV is not an easy task, but when the riders come around the corner and see the bus and SAG team waiting, it is indescribable! They know that means a break from the bike, a bathroom, and some good nourishment. We are so glad that the Agal’s are both going this year!

So that’s the team 2015. Who is not mentioned? YOU! Your support in prayer and giving means so much to LPC and this team. Commit to send a word of encouragement via email or text to someone throughout the ride. This can make all the difference in a day and getting through those last few miles or a tough day in general. Please pray for us as the final preparations are made as the Ride4Life approaches. We ask that you pray for good weather, safety, and funds to come in, as well as for the family members we leave behind, so many things to be in prayer for! 

Follow us on the blog - we try to post every day throughout the ride!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Ride4Life 2014 Wrap Up

What a great wrap up to our week, we've raised over $106,000 dollars! Money continues to come in to help us reach our $115,000 goal.

And do you want to feel like you were on the Ride with us? Watch these awesome videos created by our riders, Val and Ivory. Thanks, ladies! These are great!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Day 8 - Coming Home!

    BEFORE - September 20,2014 
    Ready to ride 700 miles for life.

    AFTER - SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    Arriving home after riding 700.5 miles for life.

Why we ride, why you prayed, why you gave financially and why Lakeshore Pregnancy Center exists! So that generations yet unborn shall hear of ALL the miracles HE did for us.

We began today with breakfast and a prayer in Ludington. The sun was just up and the day promised to be beautiful AGAIN!

Along the route we experienced many great moments and a few surprises. Fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls were delivered to us at our break in Pentwater (thanks Tebos family), friends cheered us on with signs and cheers in Shelby and then came and
sent us on our way with a prayerful blessing. (Thank you all for tracking us down!)

The colors we amazing but we were all ready to get home.  A final break at Duck Lake State Park, a final ride along the shores of Lake Michigan and two stops in the last 10 miles to change flat tires. 

We then got close to the thing we have all been riding toward the past 8 days...the finish line. 

As we were round the bend to the cheers of our families and friends we knew it had all been worth every mile. 

With banners waving, horns blowing, and tears flowing we rode into Maranatha having completed our goal. 

You have ALL been an integral part of our success! We have all raised over $102,000 for life! We do not believe God is done blessing us for we know that "He can do more than we can think or imagine." 

Just before arriving today we made a quick stop for a final picture and to say goodbye to one another knowing that once we saw all of you we would not want to be drawn away again. 
Here is a glimpse into that moment.

As we took a final group photo we gathered to pray one last time, thanking God for the way He has protected us, provided for us and promoted life through this ride this ride.

 We count it ALL joy to Ride4Life and thank you all for joining us in so many ways!
Your 2014 R4L team 

Riders -  Don, Sherry, Bonnie, Garry, Jonna, Jennifer, Bobby, 
Kelly, Patty, Ivory, Val, & Amy. 
SAG (Support & Gear) team -  Terry, Mary Ann, Nancy, Diane & Carolyn

Day 7     Part Two 

He leadeth me!

  1. He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
    O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
    Whate’er I do, where’er I be
    Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
    • Refrain:
      He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
      By His own hand He leadeth me;
      His faithful foll’wer I would be,
      For by His hand He leadeth me.
  2. As we stood praying over lunch in the park in Manistee today, the bells of a nearby church began to play this song - He Leadeth Me. It gave all of us chills and a greater awareness of His presence among us. 

Leaving Interlochen early

This has been a day of great joy and renewed energy. The early mornings, long rides, and late nights have not dampened the spirits of this team. 

A cool morning greeted us but as the day went on the sun warmed up everyone. We have experienced minor glitches but it has made us pray even harder and become even more dependent on God.

Riding in traffic

We once again experienced the
beauty of God's creation as we road by sparkling lakes, colorful trees, farmland, dunes and the Big Lake.

Terry and Mary Ann flag in the team for break.

As we mentioned in part one of today's blog, we made great time today and decided to ride up the lake to take in more of the scenery. (Yes, we love our bikes!)
Riding the lakeshore

We saw it fitting to celebrate the end of the day with a plunge into Lake Michigan
hand in hand. What a great time we had!

Celebration in the crystal clear waters of Lake Michigan

Dinner was planned for 7:30 pm in the community room at Nader's Motel - Thank you Nader's for your hospitality! The night ended with a meaningful prayer over each of us as well as an award ceremony during which Don and Sherry presented certificates to each individual accentuating our God-given gifts. 

We look forward to tomorrow as we ride the final leg of this mission, journey and adventure. We also look forward to seeing you at the end.

We have been blessed by the amount of funds and awareness this trip has raised. We  know that this trip is not really about us, it is about the ministry of Lakeshore Pregnancy Center and TOTALLY about God and His love for Life!

The funds raised to date (and it's not too late to contribute more) equate to one life saved every 8.28 miles we ride! 

We ride for life! To God be the Glory. He has led us all week and He will lead us home! 

Our verse for today reflects His Outrageous Grace!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ride4Life Day 7    Part One

For those of you who check in with us daily and wait with baited breath for an update we are posting a brief report prior to the "real thing".
We had another amazing day with beautiful weather and anticipation of getting closer to home! At the end of the day the bike odometers are reading 620 miles! 

We began in Interlochen...

...and arrived in Ludington on time with a beautiful ride along Lake Michigan. 

After a hot day (we never thought we would say that on September 26th) the riders decided to end the day with a "cool celebration" and ran into the lake for a swim.  

 More to come. Thanks for praying we are feeling them all!

Your R4L team.

Day 7

Today we asked that the R4L team would each give a on-line quote, thought or scripture that was descriptive of the day. 

Before you read them let me tell you a bit about the day. 
1. HILLS! Lots of them and they were not your little wimpy ones, they were seriously large, steep ones...one after the other. (see pics)
2. CHALLENGES! - Mostly due to hills.
3. BEAUTY! God's creation is absolutely breathtaking. 
4. FUN - We ended with a night of food, fellowship, lazer tag and cosmic bowling.
5. DEVOTION - Every night we gather to reflect on what God has done in us, shown to us or helped us through.

As you read each persons entry, please continue to pray for them and cheer them on. We have two more days to ride and hope to see you ALL at the finish line. 

We are immensely grateful to all who are texting, praying and sending words of encouragement. Keep it coming. We would all like to say a special thank you to our personal prayer partners! You are like our guardian angels! 

Thank you all - read, enjoy, be blessed!

Some of life’s toughest climbs are also divine appointments.    - Amy

Even though heads as the sunflower are drooping there is much beauty in striving toward the goal. PERSEVERE.  - Diane

Big God, Big Plan, Big World, Big Hills  - Kelly

Psalm 121:1-2  "I life my eyes unto the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth." Some versions say mountains...that is what some felt like today.   - Val

Killer hill at the end of the day.
When Garry said, "Come on Patty, let's walk it together." That meant the world to me that Amy, Ivory and Garry walked the hill with me.  - Patty

The whole time up and down the hills I followed this beautiful and strong woman. She kept me going the whole time. I had the song "Beautiful Things" in my head. We are beautiful. We are strong. Because God has made us all into beautiful and strong people. And, of course, we have Val in the background keeping smiles on our faces!  - Ivory

“Today you have 100 percent of your life left.” – Tom Landry

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.  Deuteronomy 31:6  - Bobby

God is bigger than all of us and He maintains the tranquility in my life.  - Garry

Remember, you did not choose me, I have chosen you. #feelingblessed    -Sherry

P.S.  I didn't know that I could bowl and always go to the bathroom BEFORE you play lazer tag!  - Sherry  (Sorry Sherry but the late night blogger has certain rights. :) )

My strength comes from God, who made Heaven and earth. Psalms 121:2      - Bonnie

I can grasp how wide, long, high and deep Christ's love is. Eph. 3:18  - Jonna

I am always in awe of the variety of colors God created. I feel so blessed that He shared the beautiful fall trees, clear blue skies with sweeping clouds, a beautiful sunrise and incredible azure waters with me today.  - Nancy

Many have shown interest in the motor home. It has given us an opportunity to share the ministry of LPC and the blog site with them.  - Mary Ann

Kelly telling about R4L and LPC

Praise God for beautiful weather and for the strong team that perseveres through the most difficult climbs imaginable!  Matthew 5:11  - Don

Finding purpose…today's was a reflection of the hills and valleys in life. Pure joy was my day as I rode it to the top.   - Jennifer

I am forever standing in amazement of our God and this team of riders and support people. He is making Himself LARGE in them! All of you back home should be proud. - Carolyn

Terry has been an amazing asset to this team. Once he got us home from a crazy night tonight he faded away. We will get his entry in the morning and add it to tomorrow's blog! Sleep well our faithful driver, loader of luggage, manager of the bag chairs, toter of stuff and the only man who could handle two women giving him directions at once. 

And from our devotions yesterday...

God will meet you wherever, whenever. - Christine Caine. 

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.”  – James 4:8

We will end with our verse for today.