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Riding for a Cause

By Lydia Gingerich, RMM staff writer

Roy and Karen Schlabach take some time to share their thoughts on Ride for Missions Florida, which recently covered over 150 miles of trail and road along the west coast of central Florida. They discuss this ride as well as the summer ride (July 22-26, 2017).

While levels of biking enthusiasm vary among riders, Roy trends towards the higher end of that spectrum. He has participated in the Ride for Missions (RFM) summer ride nine times, and in just the last year, he rode his bike over 10,000 miles. He rides with numerous groups but considers RFM one of his favorites “for a few reasons.” One of these reasons is the comradery he feels while interacting with other riders both on the road and during the evening meetings. “The other thing is that we are doing it for a good cause. We love what RMM is doing and we love being a part of it with this trip.”

Roy and his wife Karen also appreciate the variety of locations they have been able to see while participating in RFM. This particular Florida ride includes various optional side trips, as well as a ferry ride. Karen especially enjoyed a trip to Honeymoon Island: “I was really tired and I didn’t know if I wanted to go, but once we got there it was so beautiful and we couldn’t go very fast anyway. I’m so glad I went.”

The Schlabach’s enjoy the family that has formed around RFM and each year they look forward to fellowshipping with this group of people. Not everyone loves to ride as much as Roy and Karen, some might not even consider themselves athletic, but everyone loves Jesus and they all come together for the cause of making Him known around the world.

The Schlabach’s know that such a ride does not come together each year without a lot of planning. “We appreciate all the hard work of those who plan it. I don’t think people understand how much time and effort they put into this ahead of time – you can tell it’s very well planned out.” Andrew Miller, RMM Director of Partner Development, also expresses his gratitude for those who plan the ride indicating that he likely does not even know about all the work done by the Summer Ride Coordinator, Wayne Yoder. RMM is grateful for all of the positive stories that have come out of RFM and is excited for how God will continue to use the ride.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a part of RFM, visit rfm.rmmweb.org. Registration for the 2017 summer ride is open until July 1. Come enjoy fellowship with other cyclists and conquer a challenge together in support of missions!