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Lee and Marcie don't run this alone,
however. They also rely on
approximately 80 volunteers.
" We continue to be astounded how
God provides the quality and quantity
of leaders, " shares Marcie. " They love
the Lord and love to ride bikes. They
aren't out riding with their buddies
on a Saturday morning. They are out
riding with teens and sometimes
changing tires three Saturdays in a
row. They are a model of the love of
Christ to these kids. "
For some of these teens, this is the
only model of Christ's love they
have in their lives. The teens come
from a full range of those who are
financially comfortable to those are
impoverished, as DeRemer describes.
Some are raised by both parents,
one parent or even no parent where
grandparents or other family members
have stepped into the parenting role.
They come from the city, the suburbs,
rural life and farms. Some know Jesus,
and some have no faith background.
LIFECYCLES meets them just where
they are, in the situations they live
in. DeRemer shares how teens are
often preached at, yelled at or told
what they are not doing well. " It is
too negative, " he summarizes. He
encourages volunteers from the start
that they don't have to talk. They just
need to ride with the teens, smile,
encourage and then listen.
" After riding for a half an hour, the
teens start talking, " he shares. That's
where the volunteers start to listen
and build relationships, so when
the time is safe for the teen, this
volunteer-turned-mentor now has
permission to speak into their lives.
Roger Garber has been one of these
volunteers for the past four years.
He has also been a board member
of LIFECYCLES for three years. He
remembers his own time in junior
high when he struggled with a low
self-image. As he rides with these
teens, he knows it is his way to give
back to those who may be in similar
situations in their teen years. Being
involved, however, also impacts him.
" I watch the boys develop social skills,
physical abilities and a relationship
with Christ, " Garber shares. " It pushes
me to be a better individual. "
The mentoring and connections
don't end when the pedaling stops.
The rides also include meals prepared
and served by volunteers ranging
from community members, church
members and even families.
" It is like a family reunion with love
from the community that is happening
50 times a year, " DeRemer says. " It
looks like church. It is community. "
These meals became an outreach
event and a ministry development
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they weren't even trying to create
after Marcie, who is caring and
nurturing, asked Lee, " What about
feeding them? " While waiting
for their teens, moms, dads and
grandparents have conversations
with each other. While eating their
meals, the volunteers and teens talk
about the ride, school and life. The
meals become a time of fellowship
and further engagement, and those
volunteers preparing and serving leave
feeling blessed, too.
DeRemer is very humble about his
leadership in LIFECYCLES and will
admit he isn't seeking growth for
LIFECYCLES but focuses on remaining
faithful.
" Growth has happened, and more is
in store this year, but we don't pray to
grow, " he shares. " We pray to be useful
for the kingdom in the lives of teens.
God does the growing in His timing
and often in delightfully surprising
ways. "
(LIFECYCLES' mission is to build
young men and women of character
in a Christ-centered bicycle touring
adventure experience-changing
lives " one ride at a time. " If you are
interested in learning how to become
involved, visit lifecyclesteam.org.)
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