By Jim McCracken
2012 Bicycle Adventurer
What a beautiful day on the Fuller Center for Housing Bicycle Adventure! The sun came out, the sky turned from misty grey to bright blue and the Pacific ocean presented a magnificent panorama as we pedaled 75 miles from Tillamook to Westport, Oregon. The scenery today was truly spectacular!
This is my second trip with the FCBA. I joined the ride last summer for one week starting in Kellogg, Idaho and ending in West Yellowstone, Montana. My son Dan was able to join me for the build day in Smelterville, ID with the Silver Valley Fuller Center. The whole experience was wonderful and made such an impression on me that I wanted to be more involved with the mission to end poverty housing. I talked my friend Dave Sinner, a contractor, into traveling to Americus, Georgia in January to attend the Fuller Center Covenant Partner Conference. We learned a lot on that trip and were able to visit Koinonia Farm and really catch Millard & Linda Fuller’s vision for giving people a hand up and into a decent home.
When we got home we started the process to form the Lewis Clark Valley Fuller Center for Housing serving North Central Idaho and South Eastern Washington. Our first project will be to sponsor a house in India’s Southern-most state, Kerala early next Spring. The second build we hope to do in Lewiston, Idaho next summer during FCBA 2013!
My Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure will end tomorrow after a 98 mile ride to North Bend, Oregon. It’s very hard to leave the group after just one week. Every one of the people here is special and there is quite a bond that develops in such a short time. Each person has their own story of how they got connected to the Fuller Center. Some have a long relationship and others are brand new like I was last summer. I have enjoyed staying connected with the FCBA family as much as possible and am looking forward to continuing the relationships that we’ve all developed as we pedal, serve, speak and build.
God is very close in so many ways that become increasingly apparent on this adventure. The magnificent scenery, the opportunities to serve, the gift of brothers and sisters with a common mission and the many people we meet along the way all attest to God’s glory and goodness.