Last month we attended the annual Ride for Missing Children (RMC) in CNY. I've blogged about the RMC in the past and the beautiful encouragement, inspiration, and hope the individuals involved are to families of the missing. Today, as I reflect on different things in life, I want to once again thank these amazing people. I attended my first ride with my cousin Missy, I was amazed at the organization, dedication, and amount of support for families of missing and exploited children.
I never expected the friends we would make and the new family we were scooped into. Above is a photo of the "Ring of Hope". The sign reflects a few of the missing children the cyclists ride for. The people in the back ground are their family members, forever holding out hope.
Every time I stand in this Ring of Hope with our family, the families of other missing children who wait like we do...I am humbled. To watch over four-hundred cyclists hold their hearts, make the sign of the cross, bow, nod, and wipe tears reminds me that we are not alone in this journey. Not only aren't we alone, God surrounds us with selfless and caring individuals who dedicate time and energy to encourage us. In truth, it is NCMEC and the RMC who encourage and inspire us as we wait. Missing my sister, Heidi Allen, a lot this week. This TOP's Tuesday I extend thanks to all who remember Heidi and continue to pray and encourage our family and her friends. Thank you!!
What do you hold out hope for? Never give up...we won't.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323