We’re Marching to Zion, Beautiful Beautiful Zion

David Austin
FCBA Cyclist

Zion today was north Kansas City. During the 1988 and 1990 Habitat walks, which the late Millard and Linda Fuller participated in, walkers would often sing that song as fatigue set in. I had the joy and pleasure to witness Millard, always full of energy, often leading the singing as the group charged forward. Biking is a lot different than walking. Biking is brutal, but this group biking across the country is awesome. I was also much younger when we walked.

That was in 1988 and 1990.

All three days this year, when I found myself growing tired, I’d hear the song led by Millard in my head and it made me peddle on. When joining this group Tuesday night in Clay Center, Kansas I was immediately reminded of the way Habitat was 25-years-ago. Filled with people who have hearts of gold and a passion for ministry and helping their fellow mankind. And these guys have awesome attitudes, even after long days in the heat.

Before leaving this morning for what sadly is my final day of riding, fellow rider Patrick shared his heart and read from Luke 15 while leading us in devotions. He, through the passages, reminded us all why we were doing this. We are riding for the glory of God and to help those who are in need with a hand up not a hand out.

And with that we headed out through the busy streets of Lawrence Kansas and along a two-lane highway flanked by thick trees offering a nice cool ride to start the day.

The first rest stop was 25-miles away. Before Wednesday, I had never ridden more than 26-miles, much less used that benchmark as a first stop.

Our second and final rest stop was at the build site in northern Kansas City. I can’t wait for tomorrow when we get to meet the homeowner and work on the home. Again that is what this is all about. I will miss these great people and impressed myself with how far I was able to ride each day.

I truly believe God is pleased with this ministry and these riders. I have never met a nicer group of strangers in my life. Thanks for letting me ride with you and keep marching to Zion … the beautiful city of God.

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