Bicycling in a godly way
July 2, 2022

By Mark Kinzer

In 1 Timothy 4:8 it says, “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”

On November 8, 2017 my life almost came to a screeching halt.  On that day, I was involved in a serious automobile accident and most did not think that I would make it through the day. After several surgeries I was given the horrible news that I had to give up bicycling. As I fought back the tears, I believe the Lord gave me the thought to ask, “What about a recumbent trike?” After I explained what a recumbent trike was, my surgeon gave me the OK to bicycle again.  

After a few months, I saw the above scripture reference on a Vacation Bible School t-shirt.  The verse caught my attention, so I looked it up.  The verse hit home with me in that I should not bicycle only for fun even though bodily training is of some value. I needed to somehow use my love for bicycling in a godly way because it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. But, I had no idea how I could accomplish this.

Later that same day after looking-up 1 Timothy 4:8, an ad popped up on my social media and it was about the Fuller Center Bike Adventure. The information looked quite interesting. I saw where their rides focused on serving God and each other as they raise money for families around the world, building and repairing homes through The Fuller Center for Housing. This was what I was looking for.  

So I registered for two weekly segments of the 2019 Seattle to D.C. trip where I bicycled from Indianapolis to Washington, D.C.  

I have met many new friends through my bike rides with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure and I have been richly blessed by this ministry.  

This year, I met up with the cross country group in the Western part of the Michigan Upper Peninsula and am bicycling to almost Toledo, where I raised money for the Fuller Center for Housing. The ministry has brought me great joy as I hope to bring joy to those families in need.

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