Bike a Thon 2018!
Question: Why can’t a bicycle stand up on its own?
Learning to ride a bicycle can be challenging. My five-year-old son Luke loves to ride his bike in the driveway. His bicycle is equipped with training wheels. These wheels help keep him safe and allow him a limited experience of successful bike riding. The training wheels teach him how to use a bike.
One day soon, we will take off those training wheels and let him ride without their help. While trusting the training he has received, he may experience a fall or two, but eventually he will learn to steady himself and become a fully successful bike rider.
Right now, some of our children in care are doing a different type of training on their bikes. They are preparing for our annual Bike-a-Thon event. This training is useful and needed for a bike ride of this distance. Not many people can just get on their bikes and ride 20-25 miles with ease. It takes practice and the building up of endurance. As you know, training is not always enjoyable, but the reward of finishing a long bike ride is so sweet.
I like the Bike-a-Thon because it allows me to participate in an event that supports something I care about deeply: caring for orphaned and needy children. It is a joy to hear the stories of how our children’s lives are transformed by the structure and godly teaching we provide. Our Bike-a-Thon is also an easy way for me to share the mission of Baptist Children’s Home with others.
Whether I am seeking food donations for the event from local businesses, or sponsorships from my neighbors and friends, I am always eager to explain how young lives are changed through our ministry. Also, when I see the sponsorship cards returned with a donation, it melts my heart knowing that we have so many generous friends who want these children to succeed, not only on a bike ride, but through the hills and valleys of life.
This is all possible because of your giving. It is an honor for me to be a part of it. Your gift will mean so much in young lives.
Thank you for your support for the Baptist Children’s Home. Your impact on our Bike-a-Thon event goes much further than one day. It helps us continue to provide the Christian mentoring our children need so that when their training wheels are removed, they will be ready to put their training into good use and ride off successfully on their own.
So why can’t a bicycle stand up on its own?
Answer: Because it’s “two” tired!
Craig Freyenberger (pictured right)
P.S. We invite you to join us at one of these events, either by participating or volunteering. Please call our office or click here for more information about event times and locations.
P.P.S We also have a two-mile Walk-a-Thon at our Hobart, Indiana (Aug. 11) event for those who prefer to walk.