Old Made New

IMG_0194(1)Spring is here and it is time to get outdoors. One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather is on a bicycle. The neighborhoods and bike trails are teeming with children and adults on bicycles.

Imagine, if you will, a child without a bicycle due to family finances or an adult in need of a bicycle to get to work. Gordon Doak started The Bike Ministry in 2005 as a way to provide bicycles to customers of the food pantry, to people in the community and to local charities.

The bicycles that Gordon uses can be salvaged or donated. Donations come from church members or people in the community. Gordon refurbishes them in a workshop-like station in the Ministry Outreach Center (MOC) at the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty. Between 2005 and 2014, 308 bicycles were given out with 11 of those bicycles donated to charities.  For a breakdown for each year click bike numbers.

Bike-project-265x300Gordon states the “ministry gives me a chance to meet many people in our community. I enjoy a sense of accomplishment by turning something broken into something useful. I feel that this ministry is one small way I can demonstrate my faith by reaching out and helping people in our community.”

Cleaning out the garage? Have some bicycles that would be useful to this ministry? Do you or someone you know need a bicycle this Spring?  Want to find out more about this ministry? Contact Gordon Doak at 319-626-6834.