March 17-21 2018, Ends of the Earth Cycling, a ministry of NMSI, hosted their 7th annual Key West Bike Ride. Spanning 300 miles from Ft. Myers to Key West. Over 50 cyclists, support staff and kids made the journey. For 5 days, the group shined a spotlight on the continent of Africa and the potential to train youth workers there.
Two representatives from YouthHOPE, Jesse Frame & Dale Puckett (NMSI Missionaries) developed prayer themes and devotionals for each day of the ride. Each night during worship, they shared testimonies of global youth who had been empowered and encouraged the cyclists to continue turning their pedals for the cause.
Ends Cycling's key verse is 1 Timothy 4:7b which says, "exercise yourself toward godliness..." and YouthHOPE focuses on 1 Timothy 4:12, which says, "Let no one look down on you because you are young but set the example for the believers in love, hope, speech, faith and purity."
On this 7th annual tour, the group saw multiple examples of these verses on display! The Paceline group, with 6-10 of the most-experienced cyclists was led by Leah Hardin, who is 16 years old! Leah is a junior in high school and dual-enrolled at Johnson University FL as a freshman, where her dad, Les (fellow cyclist), teaches.
On the 3rd night of the tour, the evening sermon was preached by Seth McManus, who is 20 years old and studying to become a full-time missionary. To God be the Glory!