Passion in Action . . .
Motorcycles for C.A.R.
Andre Golike, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic, visited Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot, North Dakota, in January 2010. He mentioned the need for 16 motorcycles for pastors and evangelists to use in their village ministry. With few roads and no access to transportation of any kind, church workers find it very difficult to reach their parishioners in remote villages.
When Jake, a high school student, heard about the need for motorcycles in the Central African Republic, it didn’t take long for him to decide that he could turn his passion into action. Jake received permission from his pastors to speak before his congregation on a couple of consecutive Sundays encouraging them to give to this special project, and they responded generously with more than was needed.
Jake wrote recently to Gordon Olson, LPGM Founding Director,
[Thank you to] you and your organization [LPGM] for having such a great program to not only help people but spread the word of our Savior and God. [Thank you] to my pastor Gerald who brought this to my attention and assisted me in every aspect. Most importantly, I have to thank my congregation because without them we would not have succeeded. We really do have a wonderful congregation at Bethany Lutheran in Minot. I greatly enjoyed working on this fundraiser because it brought one of my favorite hobbies (riding motorcycle) and Christ together. Riding for Christ. It was wonderful knowing I got to help spread God’s word and grace.