Recently, I had one of the most physically and spiritually challenging experiences of my life.
Today's story is from Kamitra Carr, who is currently in partnership development in order to deploy full-time into ministry in Ukraine.
Recently, I had one of the most physically and spiritually challenging experiences of my life. I rode in the Key West Bike Ride, a 300-mile journey from Fort Myers to Key West. The event was a project of our mission to raise awareness and support for youth in India â€“ a nation of 1.2 billion people where as little as 3% are Christian. This means that the chance of someone living there and hearing about Christ is pretty unlikely. This is hard to fathom in the USA where there is a church on every street corner.
I was determined to finish each day even though I was still recovering from surgery three weeks earlier. The first couple of days were the most difficult, but I pushed through. I attempted to make it to at least the next stop, and I tried my best not to have to put up the bike and ride in the van due to exhaustion. Come the third day, I spent most of my time in the van.
By this point, I remembered everyone who had told me in the leading weeks â€œYou can't ride 300 miles. You just had surgery. You haven't trained well enough." All of this was likely true and I focused on â€œI can't."
Later, the words â€œThe Lord is my strength" from Psalm 28 began to ring through my head. It was clear that the ride wasn't 6 days of whether or not Kamitra can ride a bike 300 miles. It was 6 days of coming together with brothers and sisters with the purpose of taking the gospel to the people
of India, and â€œto the ends of the earth."
After this epiphany, the days were much easier to complete. In partnership development I sometimes hear, â€œThat's impossible" or â€œThere's no way you can." But God has given me a new reply that I learned from the bike ride. â€œI can't, but God can." With renewed outlook and energy, I am pressing forward.