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Orange and The MS 104

-Last Wednesday I headed to Atlanta (Duluth, actually) to attend the 2009 Orange Conference with some of our staff. Markus attended last year and said the family ministry they talked about may be a fit at Legacy. So I went with an open mind.

I found the concept of "Thinking Orange" invigorating and the family ministry model practical and applicable to Legacy and its mission field. I look forward to debriefing and testing the waters with what we saw and heard. Francis Chan and Nancy Beach were the highlights of the speakers, and the interview with Andy Stanley and Perry Noble was insightful.

Speaking of what we saw, the wall of lights that made up the stage was unbelievable. It was a full-sensory experience. (Wonder what that would cost?) The group had a blast, and I was honored to be with them. We also connected with ministry people from Collin Creek Community Church and Grace Community Church, both within 3 miles of Legacy Church. Great to see churches sharing ministry together.

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company provided the coffee for the conference. Their work is similar to that we share with Bolaven Farms. I'm pleased to be part of this social justice movement to pay fair wages and provide good working conditions for farmers in place like Rwanda and Laos.

I flew home Friday from the conference to prepare for the MS150 ride the next morning. I was excited about the ride because Summer and Ryan were making their first attempt at a stage ride and a single day ride over 60 miles. The weather cooperated (with huge tempature swings several times), and we finished with a 16.5 mph average for the 83 miles of day one. You see their pictures at the start and finish, and they don't look any worse for the wear.

It was a wonderful experience riding with them, Jim Berger and the rest of the Legacy Cyclists and Richardson Bike Mart teams.

As you may have read, the weather down here was crazy Saturday afternoon. The MS Society had canceled both our finish in Fort Worth's Sundance Square on Day 2 (due to the swine flu scare) and any camping out at the TMS on Saturday evening (due to the rain all week). You can see why in the photo taken Saturday afternoon from the shower house where all the sponsor tents were.

By 8:00 o'clock that evening they had canceled the Day 2 ride. So, we got up Sunday morning dove back to TMS, ate our pre-ride breakfast, got our bikes and came home to join Legacy Church worship already in progress.

That afternoon some of the Legacy Cyclists met at our usual 4:30 time and rode another 20 or so miles to make it our MS 104! Hopefully next year we'll be able to experience the entire ride. Until then, we will continue to ride and enjoy friends and the countryside as we pedal.