I was humbled last night by two riders who were introduced at the nightly riders meeting. The first is in the Army is riding 10,000 miles to bring awareness to veterans. The Biking Across Kansas ride is the last 500 miles of his goal. Are you kidding me? 10,000 miles! Wow!
The second rider, a 59 year old man riding from the state of Washington to Virginia, by himself, to bring awareness and fundraise for Alzheimer’s. His wife died of this debilitating disease a few months ago and he wanted to do something to honor her memory. Our paths randomly crossed as he was peddling in the opposite direction. This man made a comment about how important it is to live your dreams. He mentioned that he and his wife had many dreams but now they wouldn’t come true.
I believe this is what we get to do at the Denver Rescue Mission, help people restore their dreams. Sometimes they seem like simple dreams, things that most of us take for granted, like having a place to live, having enough food, not having to wear the same clothes every day, or having a family that loves you. A tougher dream that men and women in the New Life Program struggle with is their desire to be free from addiction. Their sacrifice is great to obtain these goals! We have found the power of Jesus Christ to be critical for such a change to take place.
Although my sacrifice, riding across Kansas, pales in comparison to the two riders I mentioned previously (although the thermometer does read 105!) all three of us cannot measure up to the challenge of a New Life Rehabilitation Program participant. Please, help me help them! Often it all starts with a meal for a homeless person and that is why I am trying to raise the funds for 10,000 meals. We are getting closer! Thank you!
Our biggest day is tomorrow, 74 miles in a tough heat, your prayers are appreciated!