November 20, 2013

When I help others up their mountain
I find myself on top of that mountain with them!
Corinna (age 24)–Teen Challenge client

Dear Friends,

taos-to-tucson-300x217[1]At RICH’S RIDE we get to do crazy, fun, interesting stuff like TAOS TO TUCSON 2013. We had a great month-long tour of the iconic Southwest, including Taos, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix, Casa Grande, and Tucson. It couldn’t have happened without your generosity and support.

In addition to cranking 500 miles through beautiful, challenging terrain, we met some amazing people along the road. As always, incredible conversations happen when people inquire about our odd-looking procession. Many end up telling us their own stories, because people want to know about hope!

We were also honored to share our story with a broad spectrum of audiences. We made many wonderful friends, and look forward to continuing and developing those relationships. We hope to return to the area in 2014, perhaps for EL TOUR de TUCSON, one of America’s largest single-day cycling events.

grand-canyon-300x229[1]As we return to life in Fort Collins, we recognize the profound impact of this journey and the people we encountered. We’re reflecting on this incredible experience and posting some of our thoughts at RICH’S RIDE blog. We hope you’ll follow along and join the discussion as we continue our journey of hope.

We also hope you might enjoy this video of the RICH’S RIDE STORY.

Sharing The Story Of Hope

teen-chal-bike-300x229[1]A special feature of this trip was an expanded speaking schedule and a number of ongoing opportunities to share the story of hope. We spoke to five Teen Challenge groups, two campus ministry groups called Chi Alpha, six Rotary clubs, and a number of smaller church groups.

Rich was also invited to deliver the main Sunday message at Faith Assembly Church in Phoenix.

home-of-hope-300x229[1]We shared a special evening with the women at the Teen Challenge Home Of Hope in Casa Grande.

I learned it does not matter what I have done in the past—I need to focus on encouraging others.  When I help others up their mountain I find myself on top of that mountain with them! –Corinna (age 24)

I loved the analogy of the prism.  God shines His light or love into me and I am to spread that light or love to others! –Ashley (age 27) and her children: John Michal 5 and Hannah 1

Rich showed me that “why doesn’t matter.” We use drugs to numb the pain and excuse the behavior because we want to understand why. He taught me I need to forget the past and hope for my future, believing God for my impossible dreams! -Brandy (staff, former graduate)


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