Thank you for joining me, Scott Bowers, as I celebrated 20 years of ministry, in 2021, with the Foundation of Compassionate American Samaritans (FOCAS) biking across country.
This summer I peddled, my way across the United States along the Trans America (TransAm) Bicycle Trail. I covered 4,427 miles from Yorktown, Virginia on May 3 to Astoria, Oregon on July 24.
Reflecting with FOCAS
It was April 1, 2001, one week before the Cincinnati riots, that I left the corporate world and came to work for FOCAS with Dick Taylor. At the time, we operated the original Lord’s Gym and Lord’s Pantry at Walnut and Liberty in Over-the-Rhine; and, we were still actively involved in serving a remote region of Haiti, which is where Dick started FOCAS in 1986. So many lives have been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and much has changed operationally in 20 years.
I enjoy riding my bike long distances. It is now a popular ministry with our Lord’s Gym youth and leaders. This year we biked and camped 280 miles along Under Ground Railroad bike trail in Greater Cincinnati and nearby communities. I discovered this source of adventurous activity, especially with youth, on my first ride from Cincinnati to Niagara Falls with City Gospel Mission’s Tour de Falls for youth. Having done the trip twice and two solo trips along the Ohio to Erie bike trail (Ohio River to Lake Erie), I decided in 2018 to set my eyes on the TransAm Trail with the goal of accomplishing it by Dec 2022 when I would be 65 years old. My anniversary year of 2021 seemed to be the perfect time to do it.
My main goal was to have an opportunity to slow down and hear from God concerning my next 20 years of ministry. In the process, I will reported in each day with a word of encouragement and what I was learning. You can find recaps, as well on Lord’s Gym Ministries’ blog.
An additional goal of my trip was be to bring attention to FOCAS’ virtual athletic event for youth called the Youth Resiliency Adventure (YRA).
YRA invites you to come alongside at-risk youth and young adults who are actively fighting the impact of addiction on their lives. Although they are resilient in their fight, they need YOU to offer strength, support and guidance.
Join us in October for the YRA. Walk, run, or bike as many miles as you wish throughout the month to raise awareness and funds for addiction prevention programming. Your prayers for our event and those partaking in it are appreciated as well. Thank you.
Stand firm – Scott