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Silent Ride 4 Jesus

Silent Ride 4 Jesus…

Well my third anniversary with the Rock Photographers has come and gone with our annual Silent Ride 4 Jesus.  I was still new to the Rock and was going through XBI when I  first rode with the Mountain Bike Ministry (MTB).  At the time I was preparing for the Jamaica Mission trip and was working with Kevin Loomis on the Flankers School project.  Kevin invited me along for the ride and I offered to shoot it for the Rock MTB website.  After the ride I bumped into Brother Joe leader of our merry band of Rock Photogs and the rest is history.  Finding God’s talent inside is something that I longed for and I am thankful that He has put me in such good company which I call family.

I can’t end this little blog entry though without a shout out to Zack Jones.  Thanks for coming out and riding with us and a great devotional.  If anyone is curious about the history of the Silent Ride 4 Jesus take a look at my past posts.  May God bless you and I sincerely hope that you have found your God-given talent to make the short trip through this world closer to Him.

I guess those that can jump, can also ride, and preach!!!  🙂   Pastor Zack Jones is a man of many talents for Him!


Jim Wanglund

Rock Photographer

you can see more pics from the Silent Ride HERE

Silent Ride Revisited…

God gave me an idea before shooting the last Silent Ride For Jesus and I have finally gotten around to putting it together. If you were at one of our recent photo sharing meets you would have seen the preview. In case you didn’t see it I have it here for download:

Silent Ride Video 2009 10.7MB

Silent Ride 4 Jesus

Silent Ride 4 Jesus was created by the Rock Mountain Bike Ministry (Rock MTB) to honor Jesus and what He did for us. The Silent Ride was originally created to honor a rider who was hit and killed by a motorist, so the leaders of the Rock Mountain Bike Ministry decided what better way to honor Jesus at this important time of the year by doing the same. By riding in silence on the Saturday before Easter we expose many people to the fun of riding as well as spreading the message of Christ. The ride was setup for everyone to participate not just MTBers.

It was a year ago today that I started with the Rock Photographers and of course my first event was the Silent Ride. I originally came out to hang out with Kevin and the rest of the MTB crew but told them I would bring my camera equipment and get some shots for them. That was when I met up with Brother Joe and the rest is history. My life has been changed ever since getting plugged in with the Photo Ministry. All I can say is that if you are not a part of a ministry yet you really need to find the time. You will be amazed at what God will show you and how much more your life will be blessed.

So back to the Silent Ride… The weather report had me a little concerned but it only sprinkled for a short time during the ride. Even with the finicky weather we still had over 70 riders out for the event. The ride was at Mission Bay and we rode a little over three miles to the picnic area where we had a devotional. Pastor Ricky was there as well as his son, Elisha. Elisha did the devotional and it is amazing how devoted this 9 year old is to lead others to Christ.

Another first was one of our new shooters, Malia. She did an awesome job on roller blades even through the rain. I can’t wait to see the results of her first official shoot with the team. Only time will tell but it sounds like this new shooter is a blogger also so hopefully you will hear from her soon.

This year the event was also held by the local churches of Jackson, MS and hopefully next year we will see this catch on in many other locations. If you would like to learn more about the ministry or just want to come out for a ride check out our site at Rock MTB. Also keep an eye out for the full collection of photos at the Rock Photo Gallery.

God Bless,

Jim Wanglund

you can see pics from this years ride here

Riding to Honor Jesus

of the 4 silent rides ive attended, i  rode the first 2 and drove the last 2, having missed 1 in the middle.  it has rained 4 out of 5 years, including the ride last saturday.  despite this years weather, they had around 70 riders this year, including 1 riding and 1 roller-blading photographer,several children in tow, plus 1 dog named sherpa running alongside his master.

3 shooters: driveby jim rode, malia on blades, and me… in my dry, warm car, watching the rain hit my windshield as i waited for the faithful riders to approach.   between the 3 of us, we shot over 1500 pics.  this may seem like a lot of pics, but since this ride is in honor of what Christ has done for us, i think its fine.   that averages out to 500 snaps per shooter (i did the math in my head). 

pastor ricky and his son elisha shared the devotional this year.  taking some of the time to allow elisha to share his heart for the lost all around him at school, and what he is doing to fulfill God’s Great Comission to go into all the world and share Christ.

as we all take time to reflect what this time of year is all about, and what Christ has to offer all of us,  little 9 year old elisha page is an example of what God can do with someone with child-like faith and a genuine desire to share the love of Christ with those who dont know Him yet.

Christ offers real hope and peace for those earnestly seeking Him,  and a chance to make a real impact on the world around us.  Praise God for His gift of eternal life and His life transforming love.