For the last few weeks I've been contemplating different ways to get outside my comfort zone and serve the community more. If you've read my bio, you know that I'm a pastor at a church in Lexington, KY. It's an awesome place that truly exists to make a difference in the community.
There are several programs that serve women of abuse, feed kids, clothe those that are cold and house men and women that have no home. Now, there's going to be one more. I'll be working with a team to oversee a program to receive, wrench, distribute and empower people to use bikes for transportation and recreation.
I'm incredibly excited to infuse my passion into something that's going to help people. I am, by no means, an expert bike mechanic. But I do know enough to get most bikes on the road. We hope to collect bikes, fix them up and then work with adults to help them to understand how to use the bike as a tool to better their situation. We'll work with homeless shelters and inner-city programs to get the bikes in the right hand (or under the right butts). We'll show them how to do minor work on their bikes. We'll coach them through boundaries and responsibilities on the road.
There are similar programs like this all over the world, but nothing with a huge presence in the Lexington area.
It's a big risk for me... and it will probably drain quite a bit of time. But I believe in it.
Get out there!