I said to Timo yesterday that today was going to be an easy ride because it was so short, only 100 km. I was wrong. We had the roughest roads yet of the trip the entire day, from Espanola all the way into Sudbury on Hwy 17 and Hwy 55. We had 10 km of this:
And about 90 km of this:
But more importantly, once again, we met some great people, starting off with Mark Bond who cycled 30 km with me to and from my starting point today at the intersection of Birch Creek Road and Hwy17. He and his wife, Jan, hosted us the previous evening.
I had a chance to stop by and visit with Pastor Josh at All Nations Church who gave me a tour of their new facility. It holds 500 people in the main auditorium. My wife Anne-Marie came from this church when she started work with Campus Crusade for Christ, now Power to Change Ministries
I also had a chance to visit with my sister-in-law, Louise, but forgot to get a picture with her. I keep missing some good photos. Then we meet with Pastor Markus who fed us a lasagna supper and introduced us to ten people in his church who came to hear us speak and give generously for the wells. They gathered around us to pray and send us on our way.
Today was a rest day. Del and Brenda, our hosts in Dryden, are introducing us to so many wonderful people. They treated us to a Sunday morning buffet with four other couples at “The Chalet Inn.”
Then it was on to their church, Dryden Full Gospel where Pastor Nikolas and his people warmly welcomed us and allowed me to preach and share about the cause. I spoke about Jesus taking what little the disciples had (five loaves and two fish), blessing it and giving it back to the disciples to feed over 10,000 people. Jesus takes what we freely give Him (including a donation to water wells) and multiplies it to bless many others.
Of course having spoken about fish, it was then only fitting that we were then invited to the Wickens Lake Fish Derby an annual event on the lake where Del and Sandra live. I got to share about the cause and enjoyed a wonderful fresh fish fry.
We closed off the evening with a short boat ride on their beautiful lake. Thank you so much, Del and Sandra, for your incredibly warm hospitality and giving hearts.
Timo, Alain and I (Rob) had our first opportunity, all together, to speak at a church. Thank you to Pastor Bruce and the thirty people of Calvary Temple, Winnipeg who came out to listen to us. This is Timo talking about providing clean, drinking water and the opportunity for community transformation to people half a world away.
And many, many thanks to our wonderful hosts, Ron and Irene, who have welcomed us into their home. They’re hosting us three nights in Winnipeg while the team gathered together and made preparations for the cycling and the speaking we will be doing. Here we are enjoying a wonderful meal together at their home.
The ride begins tomorrow in Portage-la-Prairie. We’ll keep you posted.