Saturday, June 5, 2010 was my first official ride. I travelled from Orangeville to Newmarket, ON a total of 143 km. I set forth with a prayer and a promise that Jesus would bless my witness as I was faithful to share the good news of salvation to those who crossed my path. My first stop was my favourite breakfast stop in Hockley Valley. Mmmmh the food and the service is always good; not to mention the beautiful country setting and open style seating in the large adjoining room off the store/restaurant. There are many regulars here who I have talked to before about Jesus but today I had the opportunity to speak to one of the waitresses. She is always so friendly and polite I thought. She came to sit with me and what a great opportunity to tell her about Jesus. I told her I was a Christian and this was my first day of cycling to share the gospel message. She heard my testimony and was hesitant to pray the sinners prayer for salvation. Like most do, she said she would think about it. I thanked her for letting me share and I went on my way. I wasn’t discouraged. I planted the seed and Jesus will send someone to harvest it.
My next stop was a garage sale along a quiet country road. I wasn’t going to miss out on any opportunities. A friendly couple had greeted me and was eager to share their story on the water problem in the area. They were advocates of preserving natural water supplies such as wells, springs, etc. I listened to their quest and then told them about my quest to share the gospel. They listen intently as I shared my testimony of how Jesus always provides for me and how he has never let me down. They told me they had been members of the United Church and that they were familiar with the bible. I told them about knowing Jesus personally and that we must be “born again” (John 3:5-7) to enter the kingdom of Heaven. We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23) I prayed the sinners prayer with them and handed them a compact bible I carried on my bike. I encouraged them to read the bible each day and to join a good Christian fellowship/church that was doing ministry and worship according to 1 Corinthians 14:26-40. I told them that I so happened to belong to such a church and that it is not far for them to come… (Visit http://gordwilliams.com/ for more information.) Finally I bid farewell and cycled off going West towards Tottenham.
My next encounter was helping a young boy with his bike along the side of the road. He was accompanied by another female adult cyclist (who I mistook for his Mom) and 2 of his cycling buddies. His bicycle chain was wedged between the gears and it took some effort to get it untangled. This lady was riding along on her bike and saw the boys in trouble. Like the good Samaritan she stopped and offered her assistance. She even came equipped with some tools to pry the chain from the tight spot between the wheel and the frame. That is when I came along to help out. After 5 minutes of twisting, pulling and adjusting the chain was finally free and the bike was ready to go. I told them that Jesus loves them and wanted to be their friend. I only had 2 bibles left to give so I gave one to one boy and offered the other to the Lady. She told me she had one and so the other boy asked if he could have it. He said he would take it home and read it right away. The first boy said that he knew about Jesus because his parents made him watch videos about Jesus at home.
The Lady mentioned she attended a Anglican Evangelical church in Toronto. I asked her if people were receiving ministry and salvation in their worship services. She mentioned that some people received prayer but not all the time. I mentioned that many churches often ignore what the scriptures say about worship and prayer. They preach their own version of the gospel. (Mark 7) That was one of the very reasons I stopped going to a mainline church and found a church/fellowship that believed in the “whole” bible and was obedient and faithful in ministry. Just turn on the TV… How many Christian programs share the gospel and focus on Jesus and his ministry? I can’t remember the last time I saw a program like this. And how many are given the opportunity for salvation? How many have received healing? How many have received the Holy Spirit like on the day of Pentecost? We need to belong to Jesus’s church which means building a personal relationship between you and him through the Holy Spirit. If you’re not sure about the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” please listen to the short audio clip on “The Baptism and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit” found at
Baptism of the Holy Spirit Audio from CD
(Click here to download an audio excerpt from Gordon’s CD). It says it all.
So anyway I was thrilled that I was able to help and I continued on to my destination to downtown NewMarket. I was now travelling along Canal Road a well known and quiet road that winds its way along the beautiful Holland Marsh. It was a perfect day, the weather was not too warm and the sun was shining. I wasn’t sure of the route to downtown as I wanted to visit the cycling shop to get an adjustment made on my bike. So I asked a fellow who I saw walking alone along the side of the road. He told me that he wasn’t from this country and that he was working here at a farm for the summer and then going back to Trinidad where he lived. I asked him if he knew about Jesus and he said “Who”? Then he realized I was talking about Jesus Christ and he said his mother was a Christian and often prayed for him. I asked him if he wanted to know him personally and he said he did. So I prayed with him for salvation right there at the side of the road. Then he had to go because he was going to meet another person he was working with. I told him that he could now tell his mother that he was a part of the family of God and that he could pray with her as well.
I continued on and then found my way to the cycling shop. It was busy being a Saturday so I waited for about 15 minutes before someone came up to me and offered service. While my bike was being worked on I asked the service guys if anyone knew where the Christian bookstore was. I ran out of bibles and I wanted to get some more. No one seemed to know where it was… Oh well I thought, I guess I’ll just have to do without. Anyway after 20 minutes the bike was fixed and I asked how much? The service guys said don’t worry about it. It was my pleasure… I don’t get a chance to work on as many bikes these days I’m usually to tied up in the store. What a blessing! Rarely do you get your bike serviced for free unless you bought it there or buy stuff from a store frequently. I thanked Jesus for the favour he gave me.
It was time to go back as it was starting to get late and I wanted to get home before supper. I headed back going west on 7th line and found many more hills to climb. I often fellowship with Jesus during my alone times on my bike and today he told me that life is like these hills… From the distance they look impossible but all things are possible with him. When you are at the foot of the hill and you start to climb you see that it wasn’t as bad as it looked from so far away. As you start to climb you gain the momentum and you persist. You make the effort and before you know it you have reached the top and you made it. He told me that there are many hills to climb in life and if I trust and remain faithful to him he will always help me over them. He told me to continue to go to him for all my needs and he will take care of me. So I leave you with this… I trusted Jesus today to help me to do the ministry he called me for and he blessed me more than I could imagine. I witnessed to 8 people and 3 of them received salvation. Not to mention I got my bike fixed and it didn’t cost me any money. Stay tuned for next week’s adventure!
Total Witnessed: 8
Road travelled: 143 km
Scriptures to meditate on for the week:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” NKJV
Jesus is faithful. When he becomes the Lord and Saviour over your life he has your permission to help you with all of your needs. Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary to set you free from sin and give you everlasting life.