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God GLORIFIED through tragedy!

FCA Endurance family,

On Wednesday July 07, 2010 at 1:23pm I received a text message from fellow FCA E teammate and North Metro Atlanta huddle leader David Hicks that asked for prayer. David and his wife Sharon (teammate) were on a morning ride and while descending down a hill at approximately 35mph Sharon lost control of the bike and crashed to the ground. Sharon was unconscious and rushed to the hospital. Doctors diagnosed both a broken collarbone and also a fractured skull just above the eye. Sharon had worn a helmet but the impact occurred just above her eye and the helmet was pressed into her head.

As a FCA E family we immediately sent messages to everyone we knew to get the prayer warriors up and going. Over the next couple of days Sharon awoke and began to make small strides in the right direction. Praise God! David Hicks would routinely keep me updated on her progress and is always very touched by the comments, phone calls, emails, cards, etc. that fellow FCA E teammates make to the family.

This past weekend David called to let me know that physical therapy had begun for Sharon and that they were very excited about how she was progressing. The doctors don’t believe that there will be any long term effects but she still needs to take baby steps for now. During the conversation (and many in the past) David has mentioned that he and Sharon both know that God will use this time for His GLORY but were just anxious to see how He would do this. I immediately felt overwhelmed and knew that God was pushing me to relay the following message to David.

Our South Metro Atlanta team leads two group rides a week on Monday/Wednesday nights from our local bike shop. We have done this now for 1.5 years and the group has grown to about 20-30 riders on a given night. There is typically about 5-6 FCA E teammates in attendance while the rest are simply cyclist from the area. From day one we have made prayer a staple before our group rides and have seen God do some amazing things. In this situation we have made the Hick’s the primary focus of our pre-ride prayers since the bike crash. What we have seen over the last two weeks are a number of those “simple” cyclists now starting to ask very interesting questions. Not only do they ask how Sharon is doing (which they have never meet) but some are now asking for specific prayers for themselves or even just asking questions that I believe shows that God is working on their hearts. We now believe that God is preparing us for what He is beginning to do with many of the cyclist that show up to our rides. To know that all of this was started by a bike crash from a teammate that lives over an hour away from us is simply awesome!

As I told this story to David I couldn’t help but ask him to encourage Sharon to keep fighting through the physical therapy because we KNOW that God will be GLORIFIED through her tragedy!

Mike Roby
South Metro Atlanta Team
www.endurancesmat.com

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1. Brad Henderson wrote:
Straight from the "Competitors Creed"! May God be glorified from all our experiences. My prayers are with you guys. I pray for a full recovery for Sharon, peace for David, and for each of those riders. God wants a personal relationship with his creations, and isnt it awesome that our struggles can be a catalyst for others to know our great Redeemer.

Just today, I've gone through a minor surgery to remove an area of melanoma skin cancer, as well as a sentinel lymph node. Of course I'm praying that the cancer was isloated and is not spreading, but I pray that through my struggle - others can see Christ in my life.

I ask for your prayers for God's will heal me and that He be glorified above all else!

I will not be able to workout for a couple of weeks - so run/bike/swim for me!

From our crreed:
My body is the temple of Jesus Christ.
I protect it from within and without.
Nothing enters my body that
does not honor the Living God.
My sweat is an offering to my Master.
My soreness is a sacrifice to my Savior.

In Christ,
Brad Henderson
Savannah, Georgia

Fri, July 23, 2010 @ 6:37 PM

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