Bicycle Tune-up Ministry

September 01, 2003 | Brant Berglin

Midtown Christian Fellowship, Anchorage’s newest Adventist church, offered free bicycle tune-ups to cyclists on Anchorage's bike trail system in June during the annual Tour de Cure Ride for Diabetes. Fifty bicycles were serviced in just eight hours. Every person asked who the mechanics were with, and most were amazed the service was church sponsored. Many cyclists suggested they were interested in knowing the location of the church and expressed an interest in attending.

When one young man, the first tune-up of the day, found out the service was sponsored by a church group, he said, "Yeah, the Big Guy upstairs isn't done with me yet, but I've been kinda running from Him." He was invited to church.

Three mechanics with two bicycle stands worked full-time through the day. Some people waited almost an hour to get the free tune-up. In the end, people had to be turned away. People were directed to the church Web site for the date of the next scheduled bike tune-up.