April Rothweiler, YouthHOPE
Recently I went on my 3rd Ends Cycling tour. On this particular ride we traveled across the beautiful state of Illinois. We peddled, drove, prayed, and witnessed across 300+ miles to make Jesus famous among youth in the Philippines. Despite the fact that we used our physical bodies and minds to do this, it was ultimately not us who made the impact, but God. He showed up over and over again. His majestic name was written all over this cycling tour, as it is on all the @EndsCycling tours. During this bike ride we were able to celebrate the life of Rick Reid and how he impacted so many for Jesus. Rick went to be with our Heavenly Father just a few short weeks prior to the ride. His life on this earth was short, but His reach was far. We were blessed to hear testimonies about Rick’s life, and through those stories I saw that he left a legacy that many of us only dream of. Every time I see someone wearing bright orange gym shorts I’ll think of “modest Rick” and how he shined brightly for the Lord.
Mark McDowell, a global youth leader from the Philippines and one of the ride beneficiaries, joined us as we traveled across IL. Each night as we worshipped, he shared about youth in the Philippines that are involved with his ministry, PBJ (Philippines Basketball for Jesus). The life transformation and struggles he shared with us made our intercession to the Lord all the more powerful. As we prayed for Nido, Edgar, and Booboy, we began to know them personally and became invested in their lives. It doesn’t stop here, though. I am asking that you join us in continuing to lift their lives to Jesus so they may know His love and great mercy. Mark also shared with us that this ride has inspired him to expand PBJ into a basketball and bicycling ministry! But God!
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to our other Filipino beneficiary, Albert Maglasang. Albert works as a Youth Pastor for CBC (City Bible Church) to disciple youth to be lights for Jesus. He always has a new and refreshing way to reach youth with the gospel. Currently he has a vision to expand his ministry to include a youth center where local teens can have a safe place to fellowship in Jesus’ name. Please join us in praying this dream into a reality so youth like; Vince, Camile, Elaine, and Sandra can find refuge in God.