Saturday, August 4, 2012

Not just another bike ride...

Dear Praying Friends,                                                                     

We are getting so excited about Mark’s “Record Ride” that will be happening on Sunday, August 19, 2012.  By “Record Ride,” we mean that he has been training for almost 3 years on his bicycle to ride 300 miles across the state of Wisconsin, attempting to break the record time of 19 hours and 55 minutes, set 10 years ago by another man in his 50s.  I know he can do it!  He is ready, and the Lord has blessed Mark with the stamina, strength and perseverance he’ll need to make it through.

We wanted to get the word out about the attempt, for several reasons.  First, we ask that you’ll pray for Mark that weekend, especially for a tailwind (W-E), for safety on the road, and for pleasant weather. 

Second, we are excited to add to the ride a pledge drive for our friend, Abbey Gottinger, a gifted young woman whom God has called to the mission field this fall, particularly to work with immigrants and refugees from the Middle East in Frankfurt, Germany.  She will be working with a church that is specifically reaching out to these refugees, bringing comfort, practical help and the good news about Jesus to them.  Abbey will focus on refugee women and children, mostly coming from Muslim backgrounds.

We hope you’ll consider pledging an amount to Abbey through Mark’s Ride.  As mentioned, the ride is about 300 miles long, and we are suggesting that folks might want to pledge an amount per mile.  In addition, it might be fun if you’d consider doubling that pledge in the event that Mark is successful in breaking the record!  Or, if you know Abbey and Mark, you may want to pledge an amount per mile that you could give per month to Abbey.  She will be in Frankfurt for about 10 months.
Please pray about it.  It would be a huge encouragement to Mark to know that his many hours of work and sweat on the bike are going to bring lasting glory to the Lord through Abbey’s ministry.

Prayer Requests for Mark’s Record Ride
Pledge Ideas for Abbey’s Mission Trip
Safety on the road
10¢/per mile = $30
Tailwind!  From 3am to 10pm, west to east.
Doubled if Mark breaks the record = $60
Pleasant weather (no rain, not too hot, maybe a little cloud cover…)
Monthly pledge of 10¢ per mile: $30/month
for 10 months = $300
Strength and stamina to ride 300 miles
Or, whatever you would like to give
Minimum of back & muscle pain, etc.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
(Proverbs 11:25)
“Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7)

Abbey, Mark and I are members of Eastbrook Church, and I (Linda) have known her family for over 15 years.  Please email us if you can join our prayer team, and/or Abbey’s support team.  She will send you a letter with more details about her ministry.  Checks can be sent to Eastbrook Church, 5385 N Green Bay Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53209, with “Abbey Gottinger” on the memo line.
Thanks for considering our requests.  We are blessed by your encouragement and friendship.  The LORD make His face shine on you and give you peace.”

Love from,

Mark & Linda Ehlers
Milwaukee, WI
Cell phone: 414-526-4113 (Mark)


  1. Let me start by saying; Linda, great job of writing! Secondly, Mark, i have known you since we were teens. I know that once you put your mind to something consider it done. I am so proud of you and happy you will have this opportunity to live your dream. I will be praying for you and rooting you on. I have no doubt God will bring you safely across the finish line. Make sure Linda takes lots of pics!

  2. Roxann, thank you so much for your prayers and your pledge! May the Lord bless you, my dear friend.