Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Goshen, Ind., recently donated some bicycles to Urban Encounter, a ministry in Chicago, Ill., run by John Shirk. Here’s part of a report from the Goshen (Ind.) News. Click here for the rest of the story.
A semibed and two haulers loaded with bicycles drew a lot of attention as they wended their way through Chicago, en route to Humboldt Park Wednesday.
John Shirk, who runs the Urban Encounter ministry there, said, “It was a spectacle!” When the entourage made it’s way to the warehouse where Urban Encounter would be refurbishing the bikes, people swarmed, wanting to get one for themselves.
The more than 300 bicycles were from Grace Community Church in Goshen. Last Sunday, Grace’s lead pastor Jim Brown challenged congregants to bring their old bicycles in on Monday and Tuesday to donate them to Urban Encounter. Volunteers were coming from Florida to spend the week reworking the bikes and giving the kids’ bikes new, snazzy paint jobs.