Forty-five years ago our Parker family moved to Christian Encounter Ranch. Looking back over the roster of students and interns from those years I'm so blessed to see what they've become and what they've accomplished! So many of them needed desperately to know that they were loved by God and by His Family, to know that they were not bound by the inadequacies of their parents or their own youthful mistakes. Love is what changes hearts and minds and lives.
The Annual Agony Ride is one of the most concrete expressions of love that I have seen and experienced. The young ones see the the sacrifice (love) of riders when they see the sweat dripping from their faces, the cramping of their legs, the exhaustion in their bodies every time they come through a sag station. This inspires them to yell, to dance about when a rider approaches, and to greet riders with multiple offers of help--food, drink, a shoulder or arm to hang on to while they get off their bike. Love begets love.
This is my eighth Agony. Perhaps it will be my last. Perhaps not! Last year's event had to be entirely virtual and it was a huge success. Students visited multiple sites to witness and encourage riders' efforts. This year riders will be allowed in the Sierra Valley again but a virtual option is still available. I will likely be one of those virtual participants--though I am awaiting a final recommendation from my doctor. In 2020 I did 50 miles on my exercise bike at home. Bodies deteriorate at a pretty rapid pace in our 80's, but I'm hopeful I can do that again--perhaps even a few more!
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Marion -- We are so proud of you!! You are amazing! May the wind be at your back and your legs and health be strong! We love you, Marion, and will be praying for you on the trip! Love and Blessings, Randy and Rosie
We love you, Marion! Pedal away❣️
Cheering you on, Marion. We'll be praying for you as you pedal away. And even before, starting with prayers for perfect weather and air in the valley. Love you, dear Marion!
You go girl!!
Many look up to you for your Godly example including me. To be Christ-like is to suffer too. So take your time, you have 24 hours--DT
Marion, You are a warrior for Christ/Yeshua, and I'm so lucky you have been a part of my life.
Go Marion! I'm praying for a safe journey on your adventure!
May the Lord strengthen you, enable you to endure the pain and conrtinually encourage you and use you to encourage others. Thanks for your amazing spirit and tenacity!!!.
Way to go Marion, great job!
Go Marion go!! We love love love you! It started almost 20 years ago, and I will forever say "I want to be like Marion Parker when I grow up" ❤️❤️❤️
Blessings Marion!! thank you for all you do. You are loved