Alice Caldwell: A safe harbor at the end of the road

Alice Caldwell: A safe harbor at the end of the road
January 16, 2022

By Alice Caldwell

We rode from Tavernier Key to Marathon Key on Saturday, January 15 under blue, cloudless skies. People were fishing from the bridges and the water was blue merging with emerald green. With only 37 miles to ride, we took our time and enjoyed the cool breezes and warm sun. It was hard to imagine that back home, temperatures were dropping and snow was beginning to fall.

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Penny Sandoz: Becoming less so that others become more

Penny Sandoz: Becoming less so others become more
January 11, 2022

By Penny Sandoz

On Sunday, our build day, we had the privilege of attending the Methodist Community Church that had housed us so generously for three nights at the start of our bike trip. The pastor preached from Mark about John the Baptist.

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Alice Caldwell: Go with the flow

By Alice Caldwell

Alice Caldwell: Go with the flow
January 11, 2022

We spent Monday night at Cocoa Beach Community Church, a very welcoming and giving church. The entire church building was open to us so we each found a place to settle in and get comfortable.

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Jonathan Barringer: God’s timing is the best timing

Jonathan Barringer: God's timing is the best timing
January 10, 2022

By Jonathan Barringer

Today, we rode from Orlando to Cocoa Beach — about 64 miles. Elevation gain was less than 400 feet in total.

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Penny Sandoz: Stepping out uncomfortably in love

Penny Sandoz: Stepping out uncomfortably in love
January 8, 2022

By Penny Sandoz

 I have a mantra I created a few years back when I was traveling alone to new parts of the world, “Step Out Uncomfortably in Love”. This phrase creates an acronym, (the beginning letter of each word creates a word) SOUL.

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Gary Schroeder: These friends are more like family

Gary Schroeder: These friends are more like family
January 10, 2022

By Gary Schroeder

And so a new Adventure begins. Twenty seven intrepid riders arrived in Orlando, Florida to begin the Fuller Center Bike Adventure’s second Tour de Florida.

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Sherri Givens: God’s invitation to work with Him is a blessing

Sherri Givens: God is building homes for people, and He’s letting us help!
January 6, 2022

By Sherri Givens

I participated in a Bible study on the book of Romans this past year. At one lesson, the teacher told us about visiting her grandparents when she was a little girl.

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Bittersweet

By: Sara Dobbs

“Bittersweet” is the word that came to mind for myself and a few other riders today, our last ride for Tour de Florida 2019.  As eager as we are to get back to family and friends, and return to a good night’s sleep in our own beds, it’s always tough to say good-bye to our trip leaders, volunteers and fellow cyclists.

Our group was comprised of Fuller veterans from various Cross Country, Natchez Trace, and Silver Comet rides as well as riders new to the Fuller family.  A trip that’s just over a week leaves us all wishing we had more time to reminisce and reconnect with old friends and more time to get to know new friends better.  We’re just getting our biking legs in shape and our chore teams figured out and….time’s up!  We leave behind life on the road and living simply in community and return to the daily routines of “normal life.” 

Good-bye to Florida’s fabulous weather, beaches, and ocean views and back to the familiar landscapes of home. What a trip it’s been and what a contribution we’ve made to help eliminate poverty housing!  All of us will go forward feeling re-energized about the ways we can help those in less fortunate circumstances whether it’s raising funds for future FCBA Rides or looking into the eyes of those in need and providing something to help in that moment (a slice of pizza!).

The reading material I packed along for this trip was Millard Fuller’s “Theology of the Hammer” that Courtney sent out before our trip.  From page 143 are words that summarize our mission and remind us why we pedal for a purpose: 

The “Theology of the Hammer” is for the whole world: starting right where you live and going out to the ends of the earth; putting faith and love to work; always doing a good job in keeping with “a well built theology”; constantly seeking to enable people from all walks of life to participate in the mission; and forever focusing on the vision God has given all of us ending poverty housing and homelessness and building up both houses and the people who live in them.” 

God Bless and Godspeed.  Oyee!!

Persevering through the Headwinds

By: Jennifer Wells

“Not only that but we also glory in tribulations knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance character and character hope.  Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3- 5.

 
Perseverance means “endurance”. Trials and tribulation produces endurance when we exercise faith during those difficult times. Faith produces its own reward.
 
Today was about endurance and persevering through some of the early consistent headwinds that we were faced with this morning.  Actually, the headwinds were intermittent throughout the 90 mile bike ride today.
 
Personally, I find riding into a headwind for miles on end to be one of the more challenging activities to engage in. So today I prayed for strength to practice perseverance and work on endurance.  Through perseverance I built more character and through character building more hope that I could endure the headwinds and make it to the church today!
 
How does this relate to faith?  We are told to persevere in prayer, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, spread the gospel despite rejection from the non-believers and much more.  By persevering in the tenants of faith through our daily lives we can have hope for better things to come.

The Route to Reflection

By: Debi Swinford
 
As I started the ride today and anticipated 60.6 miles, I also anticipated what to put in this blog.  The actual ride, what we saw, weather, crazy drivers, emotions that arose, our thoughts or how this is a spiritual journey.  How about a bit of each?
 
Day 5 was gorgeous in all regards.  The sun was shining, temps were warm, 80 ish, and the views of these sparkling, glittery cities provided lots of wow power.  The overpasses we traveled offered water views and boats that I have only seen on Lifestyles Of The Rich and Famous.  This ride was a good test of cardiovascular health, not because it was strenuous, but lots of traffic, narrow lanes, and riders had to pay attention to driver/pedestrian intentions.  Focus was required.  My fellow riders are inspiring in so many ways.  Spiritual, kind, patient, selfless, and compassionate.  Jesus would be proud as these folks see the world through his eyes.  That’s the mission, bring to all what Jesus would, homes, comfort and simply Love.  
 
Riding so many hours a day allows our minds to think of those we love the most, those we miss, memories, others we have met riding, those we serve.  It also gives us time to reflect on our own spiritual path and explore ways to widen our path.  
 
Landing in Homestead for the night, we are grateful for the United Methodist Church as our host, onsite showers, and icecream right across the street.  
 
On to Marathon tomorrow.  God bless.