Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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!
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.
Riders - Don, Sherry, Bonnie, Garry, Jonna, Jennifer, Bobby,
Kelly, Patty, Ivory, Val, & Amy.
SAG (Support & Gear) team - Terry, Mary Ann, Nancy, Diane & Carolyn
He leadeth me!
- 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.
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.
- 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|
|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.|
|Riding the lakeshore|
|Celebration in the crystal clear waters of Lake Michigan|
|Our verse for today reflects His Outrageous Grace!|
Friday, September 26, 2014
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.
More to come. Thanks for praying we are feeling them all!
Your R4L team.
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!
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
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
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
Praise God for beautiful weather and for the strong team that perseveres through the most difficult climbs imaginable! Matthew 5:11 - Don
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.
We will end with our verse for today.