"We have an opportunity to do a short Ride documentary video and I really wanted to be able to include something from a family's perspective. I was thinking you would be perfect. Is this something you would be interested in being involved in?"
To say I was honored to be asked is an understatement. The Ride for Missing Children is more than a bicycle ride, it's a mission. Hundreds of men, women, and children come together to educate, inspire, and raise awareness of the plight of missing and exploited children. Since my first ride in 2008 with my cousin Missy, this has become an annual event we look forward to and try not to miss.
On one hand, it is a draining and emotional weekend, yet it is one of the most encouraging times of the year for me and my family. To see hundreds of people coming together out of love for the missing and exploited children across the states, especially those in New York, is beautiful to say the least.
When Katie extended this invitation, I prayed for God to give me the words to share The Ride from the families' perspective. One to encourage the riders, volunteers, benefactors, community, other families of the missing, and anyone that might have the opportunity to see the video. Due to scheduling conflicts I wasn't able to make it to the actual taping so I submitted my portion in writing.
Katie sent me the draft of the video so I could watch how they used it, tears of joy, thankfulness, and hope dripped from my eyes. They did a beautiful job and my husband said, "Wow, you wrote that? That's good." God used their videography talents and my writing to end the video with the intensity and hope the Ride for Missing Children magnifies on a daily and yearly basis.
I hope you take a few minutes to watch the video, share it with your friends and family, and lift prayers for this year's ride. The official ride is this Friday - keep all involved lifted in prayer. Prayers of protection, hope, healing, strength, endurance, and to bring the missing home. Thank you in advance for setting aside a few moments to learn more about the Ride for Missing Children.