I joined the Freedom Ride team two years ago. Sharing this experience with the rest of the group has impacted my life in many different ways. I’ve had the opportunity to
get to know some amazing people, including Steve, Jen and Sue who are now serving at the Medical Clinic in Po River, Liberia. I have nothing but respect and admiration for
them and what they are doing. They walked away from promising careers, a comfortable lifestyle, their friends and family to go to a country where the things we take for
granted are a precious commodity. I’m really going to miss them on the ride this year which is especially important to me as we continue to raise funds for the operation of
the Po River Clinic.
We ride in the service of the King…. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Jesus
Please consider what you can do to join us in this worthy cause. Your help will be greatly appreciated!
Lori Posnansky comes to Zarephath Christian Church by way of Georgia, where she has 2 sons, Jesse and Noah. As a nine-year cancer survivor Lori was looking for an incentive
to get back into shape. She enjoyed cycling as a young adult and always dreamed about doing a ride through New England. Her brother-in-law, Brian Taggert inspired her when
he trained for and rode in last year’s Freedom Ride. So with a nudge from the Lord, Lori decided to take the plunge and sign up for this year’s ride.
It is not only the exercise that has compelled Lori to participate. She has always had a heart for missions and has served on short-term mission trips to Haiti and Mexico.
Knowing how difficult life is in third world countries, Lori wanted to contribute in a significant way to the work that Zarephath Christian Church is doing at the Po
River Medical Clinic in Liberia.
Lori believes she has a long road ahead to prepare for the 500 mile ride and covets your prayers.
2013 will mark my third year on the Freedom Ride and my reason for riding can be summed up in three words. . . Because I Can. I am riding this year to honor family and
friends who fight life-threatening disease every day and for those who have passed. I am riding to bring hope, health and healing to the children of Liberia. I am
riding because I chose to not be defined by diabetes or depression. I am riding to honor Jesus Christ and celebrate the life He gave to me. I am riding Because I Can!
Over a year ago, I fell in love with the sport of Cycling. Way before that I fell in love with Jesus. As a
result of my love for my Lord and Savior, I have decided to participate in the 2013 Freedom Ride. I have
a deep desire to serve The Lord and the decision to ride for this great cause was an easy one to make.
The people of the Po River Beach area in Liberia need our support. We are called by The Lord to love
and serve those less fortunate than us. Please join the team and I in our mission to provide medical,
educational and spiritual resources to those living in and around the Village of Po River. Thank you to
my wife Janice and my son Connor for their continued support as I prepare for this extremely rigorous endeavor.
William Cook Jr.
This is my first time joining the freedom ride, I'm excited to take part in the ride.
Looking forward to see what God can do through me to help support the medical clinics in Liberia!
I am 17 years old and heading into my senior year at Hunterdon Central. Before last year, the most riding I had ever done was 20 miles and it was dreadful. I never wanted
to ride again but apparently God had other plans for me! I gave it another try and fell in love with the bike and the road. When I found out about the cause, I was
thrilled that I could do something I enjoy while raising money for a cause very dear to my heart. Jen and Steve Butwill (my "aunt" and "uncle" as I like to call them),
were moving to Po River, Liberia, to set up a health clinic where one was desperately needed. This year, they are actually there and still in need of some support. I
want to do whatever I can to help make sure they get that support, and by following God's call to ride, I believe that I am. I didn't see myself doing this a few months
ago, but it's clear that God wants me here and so I believe that He will provide a way for me to raise this money! Feel free to give if you are being led but I will
especially appreciate your prayers for me, this team, and those who are in Liberia right now! It means so much.
I am Hannah Koontz and I am going to be a Sophomore at Hunterdon Central High School. I'm 15 years old and this will be my 3rd time participating in the Freedom Ride,
but my first time cycling! I run Cross Country and Track. I plan to do the ride to strengthen my body and my relationship with Jesus through out the 500 miles!
Please support me!
Hello, my name is Renee. I heard about the Freedom Ride and I thought ~I love to ride my bike and I love to help others. This gives me both, just in a little extreme kind
of way. We will be riding from New Hampshire to NJ to raise money for a new medical clinic in Liberia and also a medical clinic right here in Central NJ. This adventure is
challenging me physically, mentally, and spiritually. Philippians 4:13 says “I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me!”
I’m very excited to be a part of this team and I know God will be with us in our training and our rides. Won’t you come with us on this journey and make a difference in the
lives of so many other people.
Thanks for your prayers and support!
I can’t believe another year has arrived and we’re back for another Freedom Ride full of great blessings. I still remember when three years ago I signed up for my first Freedom
Ride without knowing what to expect. God was blessing me with another family that together we ride for different causes every year. Yet again, this year we put our hearts,
our efforts, our sweat and our tears to support the great cause as the Po River Medical Clinic in Liberia and locally the Zarephath Health Center in Somerset, NJ.
As I embark in this year’s ride, I invite you to support me in helping those that can’t support themselves. The Bible says “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in
prison and you came to visit me.”
Thank you for your support!
I am looking forward to being back as a member of Freedom Ride this year!
2012 was a catastrophic year for our family when our son Jeremiah suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in a motorcycle accident on May 27, 2012 which left him clinging for his
life, totally paralyzed and hooked to life-support. He went from being unconscious in a coma without much hope to live beyond 24 hours to a full recovery in 8-months’ time.
I saw first-hand what quality medical care and lots of prayer can do for an individual.
The Po River Medical Clinic serves a region of Liberia that is in great need of medical care. I have the awesome opportunity to bicycle the Freedom Ride raising needed funds
for this clinic that will offer quality medical care, support and prayer from committed individuals working in this clinic.
Please consider joining me on the "Freedom Ride" by being one of my financial sponsors.
I'm the ride leader and navigator for this year's event. It has been a privilege to design crazy routes and guide the team through them for the past six years.
This year, I'm excited to support the work at Po River Medical Clinic in Po River, Liberia and the Zarephath Health Center in Zarephath, NJ. With your help, we can make
a difference in the lives of the underserved both in Liberia and in Central New Jersey.
My earliest recollection of riding a “two-wheeler” was when I was about 5 years old. I had mastered the tricycle and saw my friend’s “two-wheeler” outside. Without
hesitation I decided to try it out. I was doing really well on our stone driveway until I decided to ride through a deep mud puddle…need I say more? Years later now, I’ve
decided to give the “two-wheeler” another try. :)
“Hope” is one of my favorite words. I think that you would agree that life without hope pretty much equals despair. We all need hope and I am thankful for the opportunity
to do my small part in helping to make a difference in the Village of Po River, Africa and right here in central NJ. What a wonderful cause we are riding for! Both these
clinics will help to serve the medical needs of many, while offering them hope and healing. What a way to share the love of Jesus!
This trek has some personal motivation as well. In 2012, I experienced the loss of someone very special to me. Since that time I have come to learn about the boundless love
that Jesus has for me. He has restored newness of life to me and has allowed me to experience things I never would have dreamed of doing before…like this Freedom Ride! I am
mom to 3 sons – Bjorn, Kristian, and SvenAren, who encourage me to press forward and take on new challenges. Apart from my mom responsibilities, I am blessed to have spent
the last 9 years working at Star 99.1. Tune in and I’m sure you’ll hear some updates!
I invite you to journey along with us – we need your prayers with each rotation of the wheel! And if you feel led to support this cause, we would greatly appreciate it. :)
This will be our third year riding and we are even closer to understanding the need for this year's funds. We recently went to visit our friends Steve and Jen Butwill in
Po River, Liberia. While we were there, we saw firsthand the need of the people around Po River. Steve and Jen have a long road ahead in getting the clinic up and running and
need more help, financially and prayerfully. Our training is well underway with our body and minds steadily getting ready for the long journey.
Please keep Brian and Carlie in your prayers and join Freedom Ride by supporting such an amazing cause.
This will be our third year riding and we are even closer to understanding the need for this year's funds. We recently went to visit our friends Steve and Jen Butwill in Po
River, Liberia. While we were there, we saw firsthand the need of the people around Po River. Steve and Jen have a long road ahead in getting the clinic up and running and need
more help, financially and prayerfully. Our training is well underway with our body and minds steadily getting ready for the long journey.
Please keep Brian and Carlie in your prayers and join Freedom Ride by supporting such an amazing cause.
My name is Tatyana and this is my first time biking. When I first heard about the Freedom Ride I was thinking "no way" about riding over 500 miles in 7 days because of
my busy schedule and not being a seasoned bike rider.
But, I do believe that God wants me to do this ride. The Po River Medical Clinic is a great purpose to ride for and the personal challenge will be honoring to the Lord and
being thankful for all His blessings for me and my family!
It's a blessing to be able help the Po River Clinic and please join in by sponsoring me!
The challenge - Heal As Jesus Healed. We cannot heal all those that need it but we can heal a few. We need your help to do that; the poor in far away places like Liberia,
but also those among us right here in our area of Somerset, NJ. Please sponsor me as your rider to help those in Po River, Liberia and at our Zarephath Health Center. We
can not only offer health but life itself through Jesus Christ. He will not forget.
Jack & Mimi Koontz
This is my 2nd year on Freedom Ride. Being on the support team, I spent every minute on the road supporting the needs for the cyclists. Watching them cycle 500 miles
in the heat, over the Catskill Mountains and even in major rain storms, they never waivered. We were one, one as a team and one in Christ. It’s a bond that will never be broken.
Our cause last year and again this year is to raise funds to continue construction on the medical clinic in Po River, Liberia where Jen & Steve Butwill are now serving and
also provide needed funds for our own clinic at Zarephath.
I’ve learned that as little as $5 for a tank of gas in a motorcycle can not only change a life but change a Nation. Luther Tarpeh (pictured with me) is living proof. If not
for someone providing gas for a motorcycle in order to get him to a hospital, Luther would have died as a child in a Liberian village. He is now changing many lives in his
Philippians 4:13 - I (we) can do all things through Christ which strengthens me (us). I pray that you can find it in your heart to come along side and support me on this
mission. Even if it’s just gas money. God Bless!
Coz & Irma Camaligan
Ok... let see. How does that go in James chapter 2? "Some people have faith: others have good deeds. But I say this, bring that big old faith of yours & go
do some good deeds!!!" Hmm... I’m not quite sure about that second part but that’s what we will be trying to do, AGAIN!
This is my 4th, Irma’s 3rd, & our daughter, Ariel’s 2nd time participating in Freedom Ride. We are just a glutton for punishment, but I think we like it. The fellowships,
the blessings, and experiencing God’s work happening right before our very eyes really keeps drawing us back. We can sincerely say serving the riders, the other
SAG members and God is our greatest pleasure.
This year we are riding for the health clinic at Po River in Liberia again. However, all the sweat, aches, & pains will be more significant because it’s going to help our friends
Steve, Jen, & Sue who have gone beyond doing good deeds and living full-time in Po River, Liberia.
We are hoping our week of discomfort will help the years of service to our brave missionaries and friends. So please support us with your donation, so our missionaries can
continue doing God’s work. Thanks!
This will be my second Freedom Ride. Last year I had some serious doubts leading up to the ride but resolved to not be a quitter. For the first 3 days of the ride
I again found myself questioning "Self...what have you gotten yourself into???" By the 4th and 5th days I became comfortable due to the support and team spirit of a
bunch of great people and of course the power of prayer. I felt that I would be an asset to this endeavor because of my many years as a professional chef and my
camping experience with the United States Army. Near the end of the ride I began questioning "when will we do this again?" because it was not only fulfilling to
raise money for Po River but it was also a BLAST!!!
My name is Tiffani! I am an 18 year old high school graduate. I started working with the Freedom Ride a few years ago. I love seeing the smile on everyones faces when they
ride in to camp each day and see that they have support and "cheerleaders" and not only the day they ride back to Zarephath. I love to help and I think I was led to help
with this mission and God has helped me to get here! I can't wait to see what he has in store for me this year!!
I joined the Freedom Ride last year. It was amazing, enlightening and fulfilling to be part of this team, which felt like family, striving for this worthy cause.
Having not ridden a bicycle since she was 12, Dion did not imagine herself as a particularly fitting candidate for the Freedom Ride team. Last year she had the opportunity to
learn that there was plenty "hustle & bustle" for non-riders to do. She is very excited to serve as a support crew team member.
Hi! My name is Bob Burzynski and I have been attending Zarephath Christian Church since 2006. I love riding my bicycle for health and relaxation and have been tuning up for
this one-day ride by participating in the "Tour de Franklin" a couple of times; raising money for the Somerset Food Pantry. My goal is to ride in a complete Freedom Ride in
the future. Until then, I am honored to be raising funds to help facilitate the Po River Medical Clinic.
As a first time 2013 rider, I'm very excited to be pushing the pedals to benefit the effort for Po River Clinic. In a previous Freedom Ride I was a member of the SAG team
providing on-the-road support. This experience inspired me so much that I decided to get on the saddle and raise money for the mission.
The sport of cycling has been in my blood for years, and what a blessing to be part of this effort. Cycling is one of the most grueling sports. The Freedom Ride spend about
5 to 7 hours climbing steep hills and descending at speeds up to 50 miles per hour each day. This sport stresses every muscle, the heart and lungs and is truly a demanding
effort among all Freedom Riders.
Please support the Freedom Riders as we raise money for this mission in Liberia.
I'm joining the Freedom Ride this year on the last leg of the journey to help raise support for the clinic in Liberia. Having lived all of my life in New Jersey I have known
only "convenience" when it comes to medical care. Having heard of the needs in Liberia I no longer can stand by when I have been so blessed. This ride is my way of saying I am
following Jesus by helping the mission in Liberia live the words of Matthew 25:35-36 to the people there.