We started out early last Monday morning from Lindsay, spending nights in Cobourg, Picton, Kingston, and tonight, Stirling. Tomorrow, we head for Millbrook, then Bobcaygeon, and finally, back to Lindsay. In total, our riders will have ridden their bicycles over 700 km, through some very beautiful terrain, and through all kinds of summer weather – though mostly hot, sunny weather.
These riders – more than twenty of them, ranging in age from 12 to 78 – have pedalled hard uphill and coasted downhill, sweating and squinting and getting grease “tattoos” on their calves from their bicycle chains. Why?
Because they believe in the Bible cause. Specifically, they believe in the value of the work of the Canadian Bible Society as it seeks to translate, publish, distribute, and encourage the use of Scripture throughout Canada, Bermuda, and around the world.
This year, our riders have raised money to provide a Bible partnership with church ministries that offer English as a second language classes across the country. I’ve been working with the Southern Ontario Cooperative of ESL Ministries (southern-ontario-esl-ministries.blogspot.com) to craft the most appropriate Bible format and choice of translation for use with those who are new to Canada. It’s an exciting venture.
It used to be the ministry of the Canadian Bible Society to provide a Bible to every person who became a Canadian citizen at citizenship court. Some years ago, we were denied that privilege by the government, and since then, we’ve been trying to figure out how to reach out to new Canadians with the Word of God by some other means. The ESL partnership seemed the perfect opportunity, especially since it often reaches people in the first few months they are in the country – perhaps the time they are most open to receiving the gospel.
Our riders recite every day – more than once, usually – the motto that spurs them on: THROUGH OUR SPOKES, GOD SPEAKS. Because of the work these cyclists are doing, and the help they are receiving from our roadies, the Word of the Lord is going to reach more and more hearts. And with some 400,000 people emigrating to Canada last year, and the number expected to increase in future years, the need will be great.
“[T]hose who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40.31, NLT). They also will ride their bicycles for the glory of God, and achieve their goal.
Our riders love support. If you would like to come to Millbrook on Friday, Bobcaygeon on Saturday, or Lindsay on Sunday to cheer them on, please join us. Email me if you need details on the route. I’ll be happy to point it out to you.
God’s best! I trust that through whatever you do – riding, walking, driving, breathing – God will speak through it to you and to others.