On May 22, 2022, I and seven other cyclists embarked on our most challenging sports adventure ever, the “I Will Go” ride, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) from Washington D.C. to the General Conference Session in St. Louis, Missouri. But it was more than a sports ad venture. It was a great mission adventure.
We were inspired by histories of literature evangelists who also had ridden endless miles on bicycles to reach unreached people for Christ. Phillip Reekie was one of them. He rode his bicycle rode to remote part s of Australia selling Adventist literature. In the town of Eugowra, Phillip met Tom Kent, who had just lost his wife and was left with the care of their 11 children. Phillip found him and sold him the book The Great Controversy. As Tom read the book, his life was transformed. But not only his life. That one book triggered a chain of events that led to possibly more than 20,000 people becoming Seventh – day Adventists.
On our ride, whenever we would see someone by the road, in their garden, or on their porch , we stopped and talked with them. We shared about the purpose of our ride, gave them books, and prayed with them. People were receptive, open, and friendly beyond our expectations. Not only did we approach people, but people approached us. Some literally chased us to hear what this was about. Many were blessed, us included. It was a wonderful way to do outreach. We hope this ride will inspire others to use their passions for exercise, sports of other health and wellness efforts for God’s glory.