They’ve spent the last two months of their lives Riding for a New Day and today we had the privilege to catch up with them as they started out riding on the last day of their 4,200 mile journey across the country. As I write, James Blackwell, Greg Johnson, Ryan Gufstason and Benjamin Tuttle are biking in the rain, heading 52 miles out towards Montauk where they will dip their bikes in the Atlantic Ocean and end their cross country journey to raise support and awareness for The Safe Harbor House.
We prayed with them this morning. Because asking God for his strength and protection is probably the best way to start the last day of an incredible journey.
Last night we had the privilege to hear some of their road stories. To hear of the mighty ways that God worked along the days and weeks and months of their journey. They shared about people they had met and incredible sights that they had seen. And my heart was so proud of these young men and their accomplishments. So proud to see young people doing great things because they love and serve a great God.
As their Eastport Bible Church family, we were all pretty proud.
I made them all take a Tuttle Family picture to commemorate the morning.
And then, they were off. Thankfully, none of them seemed nearly as concerned as the rest of us were about the weather.
Which was good, because it was torrential down pouring as they rode out of the church parking lot.
Jeremy and I and the kids followed a long for a bit from the safety of our car.
The goal was to travel through Westhampton and then to take Dune Road down for a good portion of their journey.
As we drove along side of them, we shouted cheers and encouragement. I also tried to take a few moving shots from our car as the rain was pouring in, and it proved to be a bit harder than I thought it would be.
Congratulations to these awesome guys. We are so proud of you and that your biking journey is almost done. We pray for safety as you finish in Montauk today, and also that you’ll get the chance to dry off and get some much needed rest when you are done as well. And for all of us, in awe of this journey. There is still time to support their cause. Please just check out their website for details on how you can support their goal of raising $20,000 for The Safe Harbor House.