Just as I’d suspected.
When I began to speak publicly about all of this – I was immediately presented with opportunities to work alongside GREAT people. I hadn’t even fired-up the home-on-wheels, and I was discovering them in the very backyard I was about to leave. . .
On the sweatiest day of the year to date, my dear friend Jannel had somehow wrangled me into standing above a boiling, oily pot. Deep fried spiderlings of dough were flying through the air; and churchgoers were eagerly starting the morning with delectable treats that would surely bring an afternoon to a halt. We really should have been doling out pillows as well. . .
Enter Brownie and June. Two of the best poster children anyone could hope for.
I know I’ll write more about these two, but for the sake of this entry – they were my introduction to COMMUNICYCLE.
How could I not gravitate towards this? Moreover, how could I just-now be hearing about it for the first time?!?!
Easy – it’s a small organization. And again – I’m reminded of the ‘why’ that inspires THE COLLECTIVE GREAT.
I jumped to tag along. One night turned into three – turned into an ongoing conversation I’ll be having with anyone on 2 wheels. The way I see it - this bike-based, community-minded mission must be cultivated everywhere. The people who've brought it to life in PA are among the most welcoming I've met. . .and with such infectious passion driving them, I can hardly wait to be a part of what happens next . . .
Let me break it down for ya – those who’ve yet to click on the link:
A couple guys were in a struggling little city – God in their hearts and tools in their hands. No sooner than they’d finished building a handicap ramp – when up rides a boy – on a struggling little bike. Once the family wrench - his grandfather had historically maintained it. But now in his absence – there was no one to help. So – faith + tools + love + vision. . .and, well – you can imagine where this leads.
Lee and his tireless crew have organized for nearly 6 years now – every Thursday evening – and in a multitude of neighborhoods. . .to fix bikes, channel the glory of God, and - what’s that word I like so much???
Oh yeah - connect.
So - if you can spare some time and some skills, you’ve got a bike you no longer use, or you’re simply struck by this - Beaver County. . .Pittsburgh. . .anywhere for that matter - email me.
I know some folks who’d love to know YOU.