Today was the shortest day of the ride – the last day. We were fed a hearty breakfast at Knox Presbyterian Church, Bobcaygeon, where we had spent a pleasant evening. It was raining lightly when we got up, and heavier at breakfast – but we pulled out of the church lot only ten minutes after we had planned to, and it was dry for nearly the whole trip. What little rain we did get was inconsequential to the riders. Once we got to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Lindsay, it was raining quite hard. God has served both us and the farmers well: the needed rain came, but not when it would affect our ride!
Our trip to Lindsay mostly replicated our trip from Millbrook via Peterborough yesterday. We gathered quickly at Weldon Secondary School in the east end of Lindsay, and received a police escort most of the way to the church. A large crowd had gathered to cheer us on as we arrived. The riders and roadies sang during the worship gathering, including Getty and Townend’s “In Christ Alone”, as well as a song written by our two lead roadies that told the story of the ride from the roadies’ perspective. The service was led by The Rev. Linda Park, Pastor of St. Andrew’s, and I gave the message, which you can listen to here. It’s based on Philippians 3 and is entitled “Spinning Your Wheels”.
After worship and a hearty lunch, where everyone was recognized for his and her participation, the leaders of the ride were also recognized – Ton van Nieuwkerk, John Snider, Steve Elliott and George Skerratt. Without these four guys, the ride could never have happened. Then, folks departed for home.
We rode to provide funds for the partnership that the Canadian Bible Society is creating with church-based English as a second language ministries, to reach people new to Canada with the Word of God. If you would like to contribute, please visit www.bikeforbibles.ca and donate to the Ontario Ride. If we reach $17,500 by the end of August, I will cut the curls off my moustache. If we reach $19,000, I have assurances that George and John will shave off their moustaches! Now you have double the incentive to give!
Thanks to all who prayed for the riders and roadies. It was a safe ride, and free from dangerous weather. We received warm hospitality and created some very strong bonds in Christ. God is so good!