Written by: Jackie Rouse
I hopped on the ride this week joining a crew that has been together for 5 weeks already. Granted, this is my second ride with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure, so I know most of the routines. I was a “whole-way rider” back in the summer of 2016 and enjoyed it tremendously! When I signed up for it, I knew I would enjoy the cycling but it was so much more than just a bike ride. The unconditional hospitality I received from other riders, churches, Fuller affiliates, and people we met along the way exceeded my expectations in every way. The build days brought true realization to Fullers’ purpose, and meeting and working along side of the homeowners made the mission meaningful.
So, when I chose to attend this summer I can honestly say I was a little hesitant. I worried about participating this year for fear that I might be disappointed in the experience and that it might not live up to my previous encounter. In reality it couldn’t have been further from the truth. Although I joined the group midsummer, I’ve felt so welcomed and included in all aspects: by the support crew, riders, church members, Fuller affiliates, and families we built along side of.
So I’ve come to the conclusion that every Fuller Ride/Build is filled with like-minded people that share a love of God, compassion for others, and the desire to help others by “building, biking & speaking” so that the Fuller Center continues to thrive and assist others in ending poverty worldwide!
It’s good to know that whenever I return I will be engulfed by the same positive experience. I will surely be back to join another Fuller Adventure in the future!