Forty-four 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 seventh Agony. Perhaps it will be my last. Perhaps not! Another 82 year-old rode one mile for each year of her life a number of years ago. I'd love to match her accomplishment and go 82 miles, but I think it would take a miracle--perfect weather, no wind, and exceptional endurance. Your prayers for everyone are appreciated!
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Hi Marion, It was wonderful reconnecting with you in the Van Howd gallery in the past year. I'm excited for your ride this summer, whether up in the Sierra Valley or virtually. Take care, Tracie
Debbie, Jackie, Robert, Jesse, Art, Dave, Debbie, Crystal, Becky
Marion, Barb and are behind you pushing!
Sending love your way Marion.
Go Marion - we love you!
You go girl!!!
The Takeokas are behind you no matter what mileage. You inspire us!
YOU GOT THIS!! Much love ❤️
We love you to the moon and back, Marion! Have a great ride!😘❤️🤗
Thank you for everything you did for Olivia. We thank God for you. Andy and April
Way to go, Auntie!
Thank you for your inspiration.
Whoo-hoo!! Just look what Team Parker-Echternacht did!! I’m going to jump in with another donation in honor of you, Marion, and in memory of Jim! I am so proud of you all, and I’ll bet you had a great time!! Love, Linda
John 19:30 Matthew 25:21 Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Whether you're home or in the home stretch, THANKS!!! (or in your case both)
if this was (normal?) Agony, you're halfway there. well, just starting, resting, riding or done - THANKS You're helping to show kids who don't believe anyone cares that you do
so much love to you, marion! thank you for your deep love for the Lord and for your deep love for his children. what a beautiful and powerful testimony of God’s faithfulness. praying for you! you got this!!
It is dark here in Grass Valley. If you are riding through the night, at least you can turn on a lamp! Be careful and stay safe. You are awesome.
Wow, Marion, I am so impressed with your decision to ride. As usual you give 110% of yourself to CEM. May the Lord give you good health (and wisdom to rest as often as needed).
yay marion get dem miles
Well, with everyone riding virtually, you could be virtually anywhere so know that we are praying for you. Stay safe!! Except, I'm pretty sure you haven't moved too far!