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Gordo church’s children do laps on bikes for missionscomment (0)

April 10, 2008

Round and round they went. One boy went around 30 times all on his own. Some were using training wheels.

In the end, the Royal Ambassadors (RAs) and Girls in Action (GAs) of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Gordo, were able to write the Pickens Baptist Association church a check for $1,700 for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering — all of it raised on their bikes.

The bike-a-thon event, held March 15 at the track around the Gordo High School football field, was the brainchild of Mount Pleasant Baptist’s RA leader, Tommy Martin, though he is hesitant to take credit for it.

"Basically we try to put a real big focus on missionaries and [missions] work with our young kids in the RAs and GAs, and we talk to them about Annie Armstrong, about what she did and what her life meant to the Baptist community and Christianity in general," Martin said.

"We talked about the kinds of things they could do to be involved with missions, and that’s how the idea for the bike-a-thon came up."

He said the bike-a-thon was presented to the children as a competition between the boys and the girls to see who could bring in the most money. "I think the boys got into (it) a little bit more though," Martin said, noting they brought in more than $1,000.

According to Pastor Glenn Sandifer, the idea wasn’t just to raise money for North American missions work but also to raise awareness of how even children can share Christ in simple ways there in Gordo.

"[Martin] told the kids not to ask the people in the church for pledges, because they were going to be giving anyway," Sandifer said. "This way, if they asked people outside the church, … they might not know who Annie Armstrong is, and that way, the kids could have a chance to tell them." (TAB)

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