Written by: Jeff Gabriel
Against the wind. The last two days we’ve had strong headwinds the entire day – and the rides were long. Both days were about seventy miles. But there’s one thing the riders learn. It’s much easier going against the wind if you work together. Riders form small groups with people of similar speed and take turns in the front of what’s called a pace line. The leader of the pace line breaks the wind for the other riders and the riders take turns at the front of the line.
Teamwork – it’s an answer for headwinds in cycling and in in the mission of The Fuller Center. There’s the partnership between the local Fuller covenant partners who are the “boots on the ground” in their communities and the headquarters in Americus, Georgia. Sponsors provide funds for the mission. Companies donate some construction materials. The homeowner provides sweat equity and funds that get plowed back into the mission. Volunteers assist in in construction or repair efforts. It all comes together to provide a decent place to live for those who sorely need it.
Last night at the First United Methodist Church in Kosciusko, Mississippi we heard an inspiring message about the power of faith, love and forgiveness from a woman named Donna. Donna is a Mississippi native whose 17 year-old son died in an auto accident and several years later her husband was killed by a 17 year-old motorist while cycling. While this type of tragedy can often leave one bitter and resentful for years, it is also a time that proves the reality of one’s faith. Donna chose to trust the Lord despite these difficult circumstances. Although the pain of loss was very real, she chose to love the person who killed her husband and prayed for him regularly. She has developed a relationship with his family and is actively seeking the restoration for the young man.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28