By Katie Paul
Despite the rain and an early 4:30 wake up today, we had a great ride. Although I miss the woodland scenery, the flat lands of Ohio are a welcome change after the mountains of Pennsylvania. The entire route today was along the coast of Lake Erie, which was a comforting sight for this Michigan girl. Also I broke a personal record and rode my bike with no handlebars for almost 6 miles! Beyonce (my fierce red bicycle) got her second flat of the trip today (don’t worry mom, I had my hands on the handlebars when this happened). Although inconvenient, I felt overwhelmed by the care and support of everyone here. Not only did several people stop to help me; but also they were so quick to offer their tubes, pumps, CO2 cartridges, and so on. This ride has allowed me to meet some of the most sacrificial and selfless people. From the exceedingly hospitable hosts in the places we stay, to my fellow riders, to even the owners of the homes that we help build (people who already have very little)- the general attitude seems to say “what is mine is yours and your needs come before mine.” I feel both blessed to be in this community and have been challenged to become more like the wonderful people around me.
Today, the ride was going very smoothly and everyone seemed to be having a good day. After two
The world we live in is full of problems. Huge problems, dark problems that are tangled, complicated, and so widespread that it seems impossible to even comprehend them, much less to solve them. Poverty housing is a huge problem that touches every nation, every people group, and is so complicated both ethically and economically. It affects millions of people. But if we focus on this then we become paralyzed and often will choose to do nothing at all. We think, “Why bother? My money and effort will barely even scratch the surface of just helping this one community!” or “I can’t solve poverty housing because I am not a carpenter, and I don’t have enough money to give that would make a difference” But God isn’t asking us to fix everything for everyone. He is asking us to be obedient in the little steps. God is not asking you to make a million people new houses. He is asking you to do what you can and give what you can to really help the one or two houses He has laid before you. It is when a whole community of people are faithful in the little steps that mountains are moved. I am so thankful that God doesn’t ask me to move mountains, He asks me to take ten little peddles, then ten more…