A note from Executive Director Scott Bowers...
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
It was Shawna’s first time out with our biking ministry. We went to Miami Whitewater Park and did the outer loop. She helped with taking photos, enjoyed the nature preserve, and took warmly to the other youth and adults. It was only later did I learn that she has a violent side when she is at school and with a different crowd. I could not reconcile these accounts of the same person. It only reminds me of the importance of creating an environment with people and activities that connects with youth and Jesus. Our biking program does this in large part thanks to your support! This program, on the heels of Covid-19 is only getting better.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel our 525-mile bike trip to Niagara Falls with City Gospel Mission. So, we set our sights on smaller, yet significant, multiple overnight and shorter self-contained bike trips along the Underground Railroad. It passes through Cincinnati and Milford headed to Canada. Since early May, we started recruiting and training kids to embark on this educational and physically demanding journey as laid out by Adventure Cycling. This is where we can use your help to advance our program.
To minimize an extended adult support team, address C19 concerns, and increase higher expectations for self-responsibility and support from the youth, we are equipping each of our vintage bikes to carry key camping supplies: panniers/racks, individual tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, mess kit, food, water, and limited personal items. Riding 40 to 60 miles a day, each youth will be responsible for their personal care and comfort with adult supervision. The cost to outfit each bike and participate in four weekend excursions is $874.38. I am looking to equip 15 bikes and riders.
Would you prayerfully consider equipping one bike and youth’s camping accommodations for a summer of education, adventure, and spiritual growth? Other equipping options include $473.19 for half, $218.60 for a quarter or other amount. You can directly impact the life of a youth by expanding their world and life experiences. Thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration.
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