I, Lennette Reynolds, would like to honor a man named Gary, who, because of his faithfulness to the ministry and his support of me, helped me to ride 22 miles on a bike a few years ago. Please consider giving to Emmaus Ministries this year. My goal is to raise $500 toward Gary's ride, will you join me?
If you would like to sponsor Gary, click the give now button on this page. If you would like more information about the Endurance Ride, or to sign up yourself to come and ride or volunteer, go to www.enduranceride.org.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to pledge a per mile amount toward Gary's ride. His goal this year is to ride 100 miles!
To hear how Gary helped me, keep reading!
Here’s how it happened. A few years ago, I decided to take on a challenge I registered and raised support to participate in the Emmaus Ministries annual Endurance ride. I thought, “Okay, I’ve never ridden 22 miles before, but I know how to ride a bike.” I figured if I paced myself and took a few breaks it would be a piece of cake. I remember Gary offering to be my riding partner, and saying, “I will ride with you, Lennette”. Again, I thought, “Okay, but it can’t be that hard to ride 22 miles.”
As the Endurance Ride got closer, Gary encouraged me to take longer rides on my bike, get lots of rest and not to worry because he would be with me until the end. Gary was my coach, encourager, leader and greatest support.
The day came to meet the challenge. I thought I was ready. It was 7am. The horn blew and we were on our way. I had a good start but when I got to my first hill I realized I had made a huge mistake, and I should have never signed up for this adventure. I told Gary, “I want to go back. I do not believe I can ride with all these hills.” He said,”You can do it, Lennette. Just keep peddling.” It was at that moment that I acknowledged my frailties and Gary’s strength.
Gary coached, protected and encouraged me all the way. He stopped every time I needed to rest and pushed me to move when I was getting too comfortable. When a dog came barking at us he was my protector. As we rode together, I began to feel this was no longer about me, but Gary, and the men we serve at Emmaus.
After 3 ½ hours of riding I was almost to the finish line. I was at the end of myself and really ready to get in one of the cars that drove around to check on the riders. As I crawled off the bike to rest for the umpteenth time, I told Gary, “I can’t go any further.” He said, “Look Lennette, see the house across the field, we are almost there.” I got up and started riding, and about 30 minutes later I saw the finish line! As my eyes teared up, I exclaimed, “Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Gary!!
Gary has ridden multiple years in the Endurance Ride; he rides at least 75 miles each time.
Emmaus is a sacred place for men who are struggling in survival prostitution and who need grace and the love of Christ. The Word of God tells us all sin and fall short of God’s Glory. When sin is prevalent in one’s life, there is a feeling of hopelessness. Emmaus is a place of hope and restoration. I pray that you will consider joining me and supporting Emmaus.
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