Why I’m Riding: Ronnie’s Story

Ronnie in front of what remains of his home.

I’m into the final stretch in prepping for the Present: Hope Tour. I’m at 59% of my individual goal of $5,000.
I know well there is much that competes for everyone’s charitable giving. My prayer is that if you’re reading this you might consider investing in this endeavor.  In June, thanks to the generosity of those that call our outpost (New Hope Community Church) we were able to fund and send 10 students from EVO Student Ministry  and 8 adult leaders to see the tornado destruction first hand (the pictures don’t do it justice) and to spend some time with survivors serving them by cleaning up and rebuilding. Officials in Joplin, MO and Tuscaloosa, AL have said it may take 5 years to get things back in order.
One afternoon, 4 of my high school dudes, Kyle, Zach, Kenny and Robbie went to visit  Ronnie, whose home had been destroyed.  Ronnie is currently living in a “workshed” with a power generator (still some 6 weeks after the tornadoes).  Ronnie wanted to tell us his story and give us a tour. What happened while we were with him gave us a small taste of what he experienced that fateful afternoon on the 27th of April.

Its stories like Ronnie’s that compelled me to be a part of this adventure. To offer “present hope”.  Would you invest?  All the monies are going from Venture Expeditions to Convoy of Hope to leverage the role of local churches in these ravaged areas to be the Church…the best delivery agent for change and good on the planet.  click here to donate.