Finding a Penny Means a Lot to Me!
I found a penny today, like I do so many days, and I always thank the Lord for this simple gift and pray for Him to multiply it for the furtherance of His Kingdom.
We are told to be faithful in the “small stuff” and God will bless us and give us more ministry opportunities (Luke 10:16). I have certainly seen that to be true in our ministry, WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists. We have prayed for God to use us to reach the lost for Jesus and have lived by faith, trusting the Lord to prompt the hearts of many people to come along side to pray for us and financially support us. Our prayers have definitely been answered as this year we are celebrating 24 years of ministry and are now “gearing up” for our silver anniversary in 2018. What an amazing, fruitful season it has been, serving the Lord and spreading the Gospel message here in the United States.
Now for the rest of the lost coin story…. Today, as I picked up that penny, the Lord reminded me that on every one of our US coins and bills it says, “In God We Trust”. I think most of us never read those words or even take a minute to really think about how important and meaningful those four words are.
I have to admit that I have not thought about those four words in quite a long time, probably because I have been too busy to pay attention to that little coin. But today I took a few moments to think and ask myself, “Do I really trust in God in every aspect of my life?
As long as I can remember, God has continually dropped coins in front of me, reminding me of that important message to trust Him. Finding lost coins has taught me to recognize how important it is to pray for those who have not placed their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
When I see a coin on the street, in a store or wherever, I know I should stop to pick it up. Since my salvation in February 1978, finding lost coins has also taught me to trust God about every detail of my life. I need to take the time to look at people who are lost and remember that I must first SEE them as human beings, loved and created by God. Then I must STOP and talk with them about Jesus. And just like the lost coin, if I want to gain possession of the coin, I have to STOOP down and pick it up. When talking with people, sometimes I have to STOOP down and meet them right where they are and then I can SHARE with them, in love and compassion, the Truth of God’s Word.
In Luke 15, verses 8 to 10, we see that the woman in the story had lost a coin. She was desperately searching for it and did everything she could, lighting the lamp, sweeping the floor, praying and searching. She finally found her lost coin, but before she could rejoice that she had found it, she first had to SEE the lost coin. Next she had to STOP what she was doing, her busyness, and STOOP down to pick it up. After reclaiming her lost coin she could then rejoice and SHARE with her friends the good news!
So I will continue to pick up those lost coins and thank God that I trust in Him for ALL our needs to keep our ministry going for the cause of Christ. What a blessing that I have accepted Him as my personal Lord and Savior and that He knows the plan and purpose for my life better than I do. I realize that He has given me the gift of Evangelism and I understand how important it is for each of us to recognize our gifts and to use them for the furtherance of His Kingdom.
My personal prayer is that I will strive daily to be more like Jesus, more concerned for the lost souls, faithfully and enthusiastically living to love and serve my Lord, every day - in every way - and with every one I meet.
So let me encourage you, my friend, that if you find a penny or any other coin today, tomorrow or next week, please pick it up and realize that maybe you have been worrying and fretting in your mind about things you cannot change. Read those simple words, “In God We Trust,” and thank the Lord for His message to you. By trusting in Him you can be set free from the burdens in life and then you will be free to GO and BE and DO all that you can for the Lord because of His love and saving Grace.
And please don’t forget those who are lost. I urge you to take time to SEE them, STOP and talk with them, STOOP down to encourage them, but also SHARE with them the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ (John 15:16).
If you would like to send the coins you find to support WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists, you may do so by mailing your tax-deductible donation to:
WHEEL POWER, 402 Brookfield Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503.
Or you can make a secure online donation.
Thank you, friends, for your thoughtfulness, your support in both prayers and financial gifts, and especially for your love and encouragement to me and our WHEEL POWER Ministry.
God’s blessings today and always,
Missionary to the USA, Founder of
WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists (1993)
1 Corinthians 15:58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
We want to thank all of you for your nice Christmas cards, your prayers and your thoughtful donations. Our faith-based ministry could not continue to spread the Gospel message if it were not for the Lord leading, guiding and directing us, and for friends like you who are so faithful to support us. Thank You!!!
Our upcoming Mission trips for 2017 will give us many opportunities to GO and TELL everyone we can about Jesus!!! I am really excited that the Lord has given me the passion, desire, the new ELF bicycle and a body that is physically able to lead more trips across the USA on bicycles. Our Florida trip will give those of us who live in the cold section of the Country an opportunity to head South and enjoy a great ride in the Keys, witnessing and enjoying the Sunshine. This summer we will start our cross-country trip in Seattle and follow much of the same route we did over the years, finishing at Yorktown Beach, Virginia. In the Fall we will ride on both bicycles and motorcycles along the East Coast. More information about the trips, fees and registration will be available by mid-January.
Please pray about riding with us for a day or two, or a week or more, or possibly one of our complete mission trips. We also need drivers and support team members on our trips, so if you would be willing to serve in that capacity please let us know. Of course, we always want to ask everyone to pray for us as we ride and reach the lost for Jesus!!!
Please pray about becoming an active prayer partner and financial supporter of WHEEL POWER in 2017. If you have any questions about how to do that, please email me, Judy Bowman, for more details and a current list of our financial needs. I will also mention that we still need about $800 to finish paying for the new roof at our headquarters.
We really enjoy hearing how God has used our ministry in your lives, either through our salvation stories, our visits to your church or as we have prayed for your requests. So please let us know and also share with us any prayer requests you have for 2017.
With love and wishes for God’s blessings in the New Year!
“Winters must be cold for those who have no warm memories!”
I think of that line often from the 1957 Christmas movie, “An Affair to Remember.” I am usually reminded of it on those very cold winter nights here in Virginia. However, I realize how blessed and thankful I am for the many warm memories that fill my heart. First and foremost is the remembrance of the day of my Salvation in February 1978. Those warm memories are always with me and my heart is overflowing with the love and joy I cherish because of the blessings God has given me through my family and close friends and the many folks I have had the privilege of leading to Jesus Christ.
Yet I often wonder about the people who do not have “warm memories.” I think of the cold days and nights of those who have no peace, no hope and are unaware of how loved they are by their Creator. Yes, God loves us all. He created us, gave us life and saw our sinful condition, so gave us His one and only son, Jesus Christ, who is the reason for the CHRISTmas season!
The Christmas message is really very simple and it can be expressed in just two words: GOOD NEWS!! Yes, the GOOD NEWS is that God loves us so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to save us from the penalty of our sins. Born into this world as a baby, He lived a sinless, humble life and went to the cross so you and I could spend eternity with Him if we so desire.
Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him...” (John 6:44). God hears our prayers when we ask to become right with Him, through Jesus: “The Lord is far from the wicked (sinful), but He hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).
If you do not have faith in God and know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you can make that decision today and really enjoy and understand the real meaning of Christmas. Here is a simple prayer to use as a guide to help you make your profession of Faith:
“Dear Father in heaven, I admit that I am a sinner and I need a savior. I believe that Jesus died on the cross to save me from the penalty of my sins. I ask You, Lord, to forgive and cleanse me from my sinful condition. I know I must change and turn away from any sin in my life and live for You. I now trust Jesus, accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life, and thank You for loving and saving me. I now commit my life to You, dear Lord, and pray all these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Christmas is known as the season of giving. Over the years, I have learned that it is not the tangible gifts that are the most important, but rather the time we spend with family, friends and witnessing that makes this season so exciting and memorable. This Christmas I want to challenge you to take time to GIVE someone the message about the birth of Jesus.
To help you with this challenge, I would like to give you three free GOOD NEWS Witnessing Cards that may help you share your faith. These bright yellow, laminated cards are very easy to use and the GOOD NEWS is clearly explained. If you
your request, I will gladly send you the cards. You can purchase more cards on our web site if you are interested.
Our Blessings and Praises in 2016:
• We thank the Lord for our regular faithful supporters who pray for us and give financially so we can continue to travel throughout the USA, spreading the GOSPEL.
• I personally thank the Lord for a very successful hip replacement in March 2016. The new hip has allowed me to run, bike, swim and play with my grandsons, pain-free. I was so blessed that my sister, Carol, was able to fly to Lynchburg from California to help me after surgery and take care of my dog, Pedals. Pedals has since passed away, after being my constant companion, friend and travel buddy for 17 years. It has been a difficult adjustment not having her with me. My heart still aches, but I am so thankful for the wonderful 17 years the Lord gave me with my faithful friend.
• We thank the Lord for safety and protection on our Maine to Florida Mission Trip during Hurricane Matthew.
• We praise the Lord for over 200 witnessing opportunities and 16 salvations on that mission trip.
• We appreciate the opportunities the Lord gives us to teach and train Christians how to share their faith so that our ministry is reaching people year-round, not just on mission trips.
• We also thank the Lord for the many opportunities He gives me to speak and teach at churches, Christian camps and at retreats and special events throughout the year.
Our Prayer Requests:
• For those who have heard the Gospel message but have not responded. • For team members who are battling with illness, injuries or the loss of loved ones.
• For our financial needs please see listing below.
Our Financial Needs Right Now in Dec. 2016:
• We rejoice that our headquarters is paid for, no debt/no mortgage!!!
• We thank the Lord that our vehicles are all in good running condition and everything is paid for except for our 2012 Subaru Outback. We owe about $8,000 and hope to pay it off in 2017.
• We still owe $2,000 on our new roof and must pay it off by January 31, 2017
• We need $600 for tracts and witnessing materials, including CD’s, GOOD NEWS Cards and our Cross Training teaching book, Until The Road Ends.
• We need regular monthly support to cover our operational costs and Steve’s salary.
Steve & Heather Bowman with sons Drew & Cole
We hope you will pray with us for these prayer requests and needs within our ministry. If you can help us by sending a year-end donation, that would be so appreciated. You can make your tax-deductible donation online or mail your check to: WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists, 402 Brookfield Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503
Judy Bowman and son Steve,
Missionary to the USA
Founder of WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists
Maine to Florida Mission Trip Update
Greetings from Lynchburg, Virginia and WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists!
Thank you for all your prayers and support for our ministry team that bicycled from Maine to Florida this Fall. It was an amazing journey of Faith, Freedom and Flexibility.
We stepped out to spread the love of Jesus and message of salvation to people we met along the way. The Lord blessed and used us to witness to over 200 people in just 35 days. (2 Corinthians 5:7)
BECAUSE OF FREEDOM,
Both as Christians and as citizens of the United States, we were able to talk to people about the Lord on the street corners, at local parks, in Walmarts, Post offices and restaurants. To God be the Glory for the 15 people who came to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. (Galatians 5:1)
BLESSINGS BECAUSE OF FLEXIBLITY:
Most nights we stayed in the Sunday School rooms of a local church and were greeted by friendly, helpful and encouraging people. Although our trip was cut short due to Hurricane Matthew, we knew that God was always in control and He directed our every step, so we remained flexible. We tried waiting out the storm in Thomson, GA, about 225 miles west of Myrtle Beach, SC, but it was evident that we were not going to be able to ride down the coast to Florida and finish the trip as scheduled. Most of the team drove back to Lynchburg with me where riders either had their vehicles at our headquarters or waited on flights and other transportation arrangements. (Proverbs 16:9)
Overall, the blessings on this trip were unimaginable. Our lives have truly been changed by what the Lord did in each of our hearts through the love and lavish outpouring of support, prayers and encouragement from every church and camp where we stayed and every person that we met. As a team, we each grew spiritually and learned to look at people through the eyes and heart of Jesus. We also realized the importance of taking time to tell everyone we meet about Jesus, who He is and what He did for them on the cross at Calvary.
One such individual was Donald, who spotted our team pedaling through his hometown. He called out from his car window, “Go Cyclists”. Ten minutes later, after we had stopped at a yard sale to talk with people, Donald drove into the parking lot. I recognized him because of the bright green sweatshirt that I had noticed him wearing when I glanced to see who was cheering us on.
He began asking questions about our trip and adventures, so I silently prayed for the opportunity to tell him about why we ride and to find out what he believed about God. The Lord had prepared Donald’s heart through his Christian mother. She had taken him to church, read him Bible stories and prayed with him up until he was a teenager, at which point he decided to quit going to church. However, in 1998, Donald’s mother got very sick and knew she was dying. She told her only child how much she loved him and that God loved him even more and that he needed to be saved. She died before Donald understood what it meant to “be saved”.
On that beautiful September day in Pennsylvania, Donald heard the Truth of the Gospel message and how to “be saved”. He asked the Lord to forgive him of his sins and invited Jesus to be His Lord and Savior. What a blessing for me to be the answer to his mother’s prayer and lead Donald to Christ.
There are so many people like Donald who just need someone to take a few minutes to talk with them and share the most important message for both life and eternity. As Christians, let’s be faithful to the Lord’s command, knowing that He chose us to Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last forever (John 15:16). Remember, we are all just a LINK in the chain of God’s love. Some believers plant the seeds, while others water the seeds that have already been planted. All of us pray and we know that it is God who brings a lost soul to repentance and salvation. Let’s do our part to keep the links connected and keep the CHAIN strong and well lubricated!!!
Please know how much we appreciate you and how you partnered with us on this trip through your prayers, encouragement and financial support. The Lord used you, and through our team members, great things were accomplished for "His Kingdom!"
WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists has an exciting year ahead as we will be starting our 25th year of ministry in January 2017. We praise and thank the Lord for the lives that have been changed through the Word of God that we have taken throughout the USA and around the World. We will be leading several 5 to 7-day bicycle mission trips in 2017 throughout our Country and one “Run For The Cross” motorcycle mission trip next Fall. Visit our web site, www.wheelpower.org for updated information and trip schedules.
We are getting a new roof installed on Monday, Oct. 24 because of some serious leaking problems that cannot be repaired. However, we still need about $2,500 to get it completely paid for and want to ask for your help. The Company we are working with has agreed to let us pay ½ now and ½ by January 15, 2017. This morning a driver arrived to unload the shingles, and after our brief conversation about the roof project, I turned the conversation to spiritual matters. Forty-five year old Tom told me that he believed in God and hoped that his good works would get him to heaven. After our discussion about sin, salvation, death and the cross, Tom wanted to seek forgiveness, repent and be saved from the penalty of his sins and know his eternal home would be in heaven with Jesus. It was pretty exciting to pray with him in the driveway of our headquarters as he acknowledged he was a sinner and needed a Savior. Thank you, Lord!
If you feel led to help in any way we would appreciate your financial gift. Your tax-deductible donation can be mailed to WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists, 402 Brookfield Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503 or you can go online and make your donation.
God bless you and we pray that you too will be bold in sharing your faith, every day, everywhere and with every one you meet, know and love.
For God’s Glory,
CHRISTIAN BICYCLE TRIP
SEPTEMBER 6 TO OCTOBER 20, 2016
A team of twelve adults will be pedaling from Maine to Florida on this 2,000 mile mission trip. Our purpose will be to talk to everyone we meet about Jesus, pray for our Country and encourage and teach Christians how to spread the Gospel message. We still have openings for a few more full-time and part-time riders as well as a need for one or two support people to help with driving and navigation. Please visit our web site for more details and to register, WHEELPOWER.org. You can email me personally with any questions.
HIP REPLACEMENT UPDATE: At month two post surgery, I am making great progress with no pain in my hip. I am attending to all my daily responsibilities at WHEEL POWER, plus working out, stretching, exercising and bicycling with such ease and enjoyment. I am not yet back on the Pickleball court, but will be soon, although I have been teaching PB clinics. I am so blessed and thankful to the good Lord for a wonderful surgeon and for everyone’s prayers and the support of my family and close friends who have helped me in so many ways.
UPDATE ON THE GO-BE BIKE: Many of you may remember that we were praying about getting a 7-passenger "Go-Be" bike. Well, unfortunately we did not get a good response and only received a few donations for that very expensive bike. There was also a roadblock with the company from which we were going to purchase a used “Go-Be”, so we accepted these as signs that the Lord was closing the door on this idea. We now know it was because He had another plan for us.
NEW WHEELS IN THE WHEEL POWER MINISTRY: While in Maine last August, I was introduced to the Organic Transit ELF, a solar, electric, human-powered 3-wheel recumbent bike. I shared the concept with several cycling friends, and one of our friends in the ministry believed as I did that the ELF would be a fantastic witnessing tool for me to ride on WHEEL POWER mission trips. When he offered to set up a matching fund to help raise the finances to purchase an ELF, we decided this must be the Lord’s direction, so we prayed and pursued this opportunity. My son, Steve, and I drove to Durham, NC last September to meet the owner and designer, Rob, and to take test rides on several of the ELF models. We enjoyed the tour of their facility as well as learning the story, and evolution, of the ELF. We heard Rob share his vision for the ELF and were also blessed to find out that he is a Christian. He and his staff were delighted to meet us and learn about our ministry and the purpose of why we ride at WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists. Rob wanted to help us get an ELF for me to ride on our mission trips and so we were approved to be an ELF dealer. We hope we can assist others who might also want to purchase an ELF to ride and witness in their communities.
In late January of this year, I let several of our WHEEL POWER friends know about the ELF project, and asked them to pray about helping out. In just a couple of months the money was raised and the ELF was custom-built for me. In addition, our WHEEL POWER friend, Joan, who lives in Maine, purchased a white ELF. We picked it up along with mine in Durham just a few weeks ago, then I transported it to Pennsylvania where I meet Joan and here husband for delivery. Joan will be riding with our team from Maine to Florida this Fall giving us two ELFs on the road. Come meet us along the way and take a test ride!!!!
It is amazing to ride this bike and have people stop and ask me, “What is it?” We thank the Lord for prompting many good friends to give, especially our friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, who was prompted by the Lord to do the matching fund program. This new bike is truly a witnessing magnet!!!
MINISTRY TRIP TO PENNSYLVANIA: On my recent trip to Pennsylvania, the Lord blessed me in so many ways. I reconnected with several WHEEL POWER friends and God provided me with the opportunity to speak in a couple of churches, teach Sunday school and even introduce Pickleball at one of the churches. I also shared my testimony with Push The Rock Ministry and gave their staff some encouragement and tips for witnessing. Check out their ministry, Push the Rock. My son, Steve, is actively involved with their Disc Golf program. We are praying together with Push for the Rock about offering a youth bicycle camp next year, providing local day rides. I was also blessed by staying at a very nice campground, Shady Grove in Denver, PA for 9 days, that is owned by Christians. They gave me a very special discount to help me out while I was in the area.
PRAYER REQUESTS AND NEEDS: Please pray for the upcoming speaking and teaching programs we have scheduled for this summer. We want to continue to teach and equip Christians to be bold witnesses for Jesus Christ through the local church, so that they can reach people in their neighborhoods, at work, in the grocery store and when they are on vacation. We believe that Jesus chose us and gave us the great command to GO and tell everyone who He is, (John 15:16. Matthew 28:19-20).
If you would like me to come to your church, Sunday school class or Bible study group, to teach my Cross Training Witnessing Workshop, please let me know. I can also conduct women’s retreats or special sessions at Camps for adults and youth.
Last year we added a new program for teaching evangelism to the youth called Juggling for Jesus. We teach High School students how to juggle and then how to use juggling to share their faith. Please let us know if we can come along side and assist in training people of all ages in your local church.
OUR CURRENT FINANCIAL NEEDS: Please pray we receive the funds needed for the printing of our witnessing materials, mostly our tracts:
▪ Can We Pedal Our Way to Heaven? (bicyclists)
▪ Where’s The Road to Heaven? (motorcyclists)
▪ Is There Life After Pickleball?
▪ The GOOD NEWS Witnessing Card
▪ UNTIL THE ROAD ENDS, Judy’s Bible Study book on how to share your faith with anyone, anytime, anyplace.
• We also need funds for travel expenses and our headquarters needs a new roof. We’ve patched it many times in the last year and pray we can replace it soon.
All donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists, 402 Brookfield Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503 or made online at www.wheelpower.org.
Thank you, dear friends, and please let us know how we can pray for you and your needs.
Riding to Reach the Lost for Jesus,
Founder and Missionary to the USA
RUN FOR THE CROSS
MOTORCYCLE MISSION TRIP UPDATE
God’s timing is always perfect, not always understood, but always the way He intends. And I have found that He always meets and exceeds our needs and takes care of us as we GO and share His salvation message.
Who would have thought that a mission trip planned to start in Florida in mid-February would have freezing temperatures?
Well, that is exactly what we faced as we departed Palatka on Wed. Feb. 18. We had a wonderful send off from our friends in Palatka with an evening meal and time of prayer prior to our departure. We are so thankful for their faithful prayers and support to WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists since 1995.
Our first stop was at one of our Country’s largest crosses located in St. Augustine. Although it was cold, the cross was a wonderful reminder of the warmth we know and feel because of God’s love shown to us on the cross at Calvary.
There were very few people at the Cross that morning, but meeting Sara, a local resident, and her sister, Laura, visiting from California, was a special blessing. We told the ladies about our trip and our desire to share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet. Sara spoke up and told us that she was a believer, however, I noticed Laura was not talking but listening intently to our conversation.
I took the opportunity to tell the ladies a little about how much Jesus loves us and what He means to me personally. I looked back over my shoulder to the 208’ cross, glimmering in the morning sunlight, and told Laura that it is important to know why Jesus died on the cross. She told us that she really didn’t have a need for God in her life. As sad as that was to hear, I am reminded of how many people feel the same way. I could tell that her sister, Sara, was praying, as I’m sure she has for years, for the lost soul of her sister. They said they needed to get going, so we parted ways, knowing that we planted a few seeds. As we all started walking in different directions, I felt the prompting of the Lord to turn back. I walked over to say something to Sara, but instead I made eye contact with Laura and said, “Please don’t die without Jesus!” I gave her a hug and a tract and we continued on our journey.
During our trip, each team member was able to have similar experiences, planting seeds along the way and praying with many who had special needs. We know God’s word will not return void so we are trusting that the seeds we planted will take root and grow in the heart of the non-believers.
We were so blessed and encouraged by the wonderful Christians who rode with us each day, took us in each night, fed us and gave us a wonderful evening of fellowship. We were able to tell the children in an AWANA program at a church with a FAITH Riders ministry about what it means to Go and Tell. We also introduced everyone that night to Pickleball and Disc Golf. The children had a blast, as did the adults in attendance and our team, as well.
We stayed at an RV Park one evening. The owners are CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) members who provided us with accommodations at their lodge and cottage so that we could have a relaxing evening praising the Lord in song and testimonies. We were also blessed to stay in homes with FAITH Rider friends in Dothan, AL. What a fun evening we had at a local restaurant with good ole’ southern cooking.
So as you can tell, the weather did not hinder us from completing our trip and witnessing to many folks on our 4-day, 1,000 mile trek. We stayed warm each evening enjoying the sweet fellowship and ministry opportunities the Lord provided to us. It was also a very special blessing to have my son, Steve, as our Road Captain. Also on our team were dear friends, Kathy from Ohio; Larry from So. Dakota; Richard from Calif.; Pastor Benny from Palaka and our newest rider and friend, Dan from Deland.
Praise the Lord and God’s blessings!!! Thank you for your prayers and support so we can continue to Go out across our Country and talk to everyone we can about Jesus.
Please pray about joining us on one of our upcoming RUN FOR THE CROSS mission trips or meet us when we are close to your home.
Thank you, dear friends.
In Christ’s love and service,