This has become feature week at the Road to Beautiful where I seem to be highlighting some of my friends and what they are about…I hope you don’t mind, because really, the people I am highlighting are all on their own journeys towards Beauty in their own way and it is good to notice it is not all about weight loss…
Today I want you to meet Alice. I met Alice a few years ago when I spent a week at ELIM. Remember, the race team I was part of when I ran Nashville a few weeks ago?? Alice is one of the stateside ministry workers who came to ELIM for a week of rest before setting out into the rest of what God had called her to.
This is what I remember of Alice from that week on the banks of the Huron River. She was kind and sweet-natured. She was quiet, which I tend to notice because I am NOT quiet. Yet, in her quietness, she was passionate about the ministry God had given her and how He was using her in practical ways to serve others and that passion was contagious. Her ministry you might ask? It is called His Wheels International and is a ministry that provides bikes to people. They take donations of bikes, fix them up and give them away and have given away bikes to people affiliated with 85 different countries. They reach out to immigrants, refugees, international students, ex-offenders and missionaries who may be in need of a bike.
HWI also has a global ministry. On an international scale, Alice and her team created a prototype for a hand-pedaled three wheel bike, they call a trike. This trike was designed with people in third wold countries who have been disabled due to things like polio or land mines and do not have use of their legs any longer to be able to pedal. Providing a trike gives them a sense of dignity as they can now get themselves places and care for themselves without having to drag themselves through the dirt to get where they need to go. How fantastic is THAT?!
Currently on the global scale, HWI now provides plans, resources and information for the development of these trikes with the hope and vision that these trikes can be manufactured locally, thereby not only providing one person with transportation, but a community with a means for employment. More dignity to be had…
If you can’t tell, I am awfully proud to know Alice, honored to call her friend, and humbled to have been able to serve her in some small way at ELIM. In a small way, I feel like I have had a part in impacting the world, by serving her.
Since I recently finished Nashville and all the fundraising, I wanted to highlight a few of the people I met so you can see the impact ELIM has and how it practically impacts the rest of the world. I asked Alice to write something about what ELIM was for her. Here is what she has to say.
“And the word of the Lord came to [Alice], Depart from [Wheaton,IL] and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith [Elim Retreat Center]…And the ravens [Mars Hill Church folk and Elim staff] brought [Alice] bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening, and [Alice] drank from the brook. And after a while the brook dried up [my week at Elim]…Then the word of the Lord came to [Alice], Arise, go to [Wheaton, IL- resume ministry with His Wheels International].” (I Kings 17:2-8)