THIS IS GOING TO HURT
The Lord always seems to cover my weaknesses. And, one of those weaknesses is asking for financial support on behalf of the ministry. However, I believe the Lord has placed on my heart an easy opportunity to ask you to “ride along” with me to help meet some of our pressing needs at In Triumph at the same time.
But first, I want you to hear from one of our recent residents here in Denison, TX….
“Through the grace of God, I ended up at In Triumph through difficult circumstances. My privileged past eventually gave way to a severe drug addiction that landed me in front of a Judge in Montgomery County. Fortunately, God had mercy on my situation and the Judge decided to help me with my addiction instead of locking me away. Scared and unsure of myself, I stood at the doors of In Triumph not knowing what to expect. I had no idea how much my life would change within the next six months. I not only got the help I needed but I eventually found myself at the cross of Christ. I really can’t put it into words, but because of this program I’ll never be the same person that I was a short time ago.”
As you can see there are still young men out there that God is drawing towards Him. They are also for the first time experiencing some of the beautiful byproducts of Christianity, which for them is a life-saving deliverance from drugs, abuse, the streets, or simply life’s worst trials. Kelli and I are blessed everyday at what God is doing in the lives of those who walk through our doors. But like I’ve shared with many of you, residential programs like In Triumph tend to have higher operating costs than the quick fix “classes” that don’t have lasting results. These costs never allow us the opportunity to take care of our other needs outside of feeding, clothing, and sheltering “the least of these”. As you can imagine it doesn’t take long for these needs to pile up and become real issues down the line. We have a few of those now.
We need to raise $5,000 to chip away at some of these needs. For example, we desperately need repair work on our two vans—our 15 passenger van (2000) isn’t running and the minivan (1998) has a list of needed repairs. They both are a vital part of our ministry. We also are trying to provide portable AC/Heat units that meet the architectural codes for this historical hotel. These unfortunately are more expensive than the typical window units found at your local Home Depot. You can imagine the Texas heat that rises inside the house. The main parts have AC, but we need a few more units to cover other parts of the house. This is just giving you a glimpse of our Needs List, but this is where we would like to start.
I want to always do my part to support the Great Commission, so here is my idea for meeting these immediate needs. On August 27th, I am going to peddle my bicycle 100 miles in a single day, in what could be 100 degree Texas heat. This will all start at the “Hotter’n Hell Hundred” event in Wichita Falls, Texas, where over 13,000 other cyclists will also try to reach the 100-mile finish line. At every 10-mile checkpoint people will have an opportunity to turn back, but most start to drop off around 30-40 miles. I have been conditioning my body all summer to complete the full 100 mile course. Oh yeah it’s going to hurt a little but I am looking forward to the challenge.
As you can see this is not an emotional plea, we just need some help and I am trying my very best to do something about it.
I am asking you to consider one of the following three sponsorship levels. You can support my ride by matching your $1 to every mile I pedal equaling $100. There is also a $5 a mile ($500) and $10 a mile ($1000) option for those who are able to do more. Obviously, any amount will help.
I have already registered for the ride and found a host home where I can stay for free the night before the race. I will need a few things like salt tablets, cycling fuel and tubes before the ride. These small expenses will be taken off the top of what is given.
I’m asking for you to sponsor me today with one of these three levels. I promise this will hurt me more than it hurts you 🙂 Just click on one of the donate buttons below to use your credit/debit card or your PayPal account. In Triumph is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Thank you for giving this a read. I hope to have a lot of fun doing it, but because I desire to do everything to the glory of God, I want this also to be a tribute ride for all those who are in a weak season of their life. As I press on, you press on, and let us side-by-side keep “fighting the good fight”, “finish this race”, and “keep our faith,” so on that Day Christ will reward us with the “crown of righteousness.”
Soli Deo gloria,
Or you can send a check to:
300 E. Main St.
Oh, and I cannot go without mentioning three business that have contributed their services to either my body or my bike. Instead of sponsorship logos I wanted to write a little note about each of them.
Knight Family Chiropractic in Denison Texas for keeping me “in line”. The “man-love” from Ryan is why I keep coming back. Oh and Amy, take it easy on the left hand turns.
Phone: (903) 465-1881
Agape Touched Massage in Denison Texas for squeezing all the lactic acid from my legs like an old tube of toothpaste. My favorite part is when Jody says “Okay, now I’m going to split your calf muscles in half”.
Phone: (903) 647-9013
Texoma Bicycle Works in Sherman Texas for helping me not look and ride like such a noob. Charlie and Patricia thank you guys for always “pulling” for me every week.
Phone: (903) 893-2453
At CJ's Cafe restoring some calories