The Journey Never Ends
Hope and Courage Across America 2011
The Message: Put your hope in Christ and have the courage to use that hope to face the challenges of your life.
Life is a journey of hope and courage. Hope must be inspired. Courage must be stirred. The spark of hope exists in us all. It is the glimmering sunrise on a distant horizon. No matter what we are facing, the situation is not hopeless. But hope alone is not enough. We need courage. Courage to take the next step. Courage to move forward. This journey is about inspiring hope. Hope in a God that cares about us as individuals....helping us to conquer the mountains. And maybe the journey can stir courage in others. Courage to go one more mile in spite of wounds and challenges.
Hope and Courage Journey 2011 is not about time or distance. This is about having as much contact with people as possible. Events are planned along the way at host communities. Day to day riding allows time to meet people. Believing ‘ministry is what happens when you are on your way to do other things’ every day is an opportunity to make a difference. It’s not about the miles, it’s about the message.
The Team: At the age of 21, Bob Mortimer walked into a downed power line after a late night car crash. The electrocution resulted in the amputation of three limbs. A few years later Bob met Darla. She encouraged him to discover his real purpose in life through hope in Jesus Christ. They married in 1981. Bob and Darla founded Bob Mortimer Motivational Ministries spreading a message of Hope and Courage throughout the world. Darla loves being a homemaker and raising their three children. She also enjoys cycling with Bob. Together they have completed HCJourney 2008, the STP, and Cycle Across Washington. Grant is their 18 year old son. (He rode alongside his parents from coast to coast.) When asked why he wanted to ride the HCJourney 2008 he said, “So my dad will never have to ride alone.” He brings that same attitude to this ride. The youngest is Chanel. At thirteen, her goal is to ride more than she did in 2008. Her job, besides being the ambassador of happy, will be to make as many new friends as possible during the journey.
Their daughter Nicole will not be with them this time. Since HCJourney 2008, Nicole has graduated from Northwest University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, married Justin Jurgens, SGT. US Army, and is currently working at her dream job.
Bike Riding: The hope is to pedal 2500 miles between Los Angeles, California to Jacksonville, Florida. The Mortimers don’t consider cycling a challenge. They love to ride bikes. They will ride as a family, taking turns pedaling and supporting. They consider it a privilege to be able to do something they enjoy to draw attention to the God, the Giver of Hope.
The Route: The bike riding portion of the journey will follow the I-10 corridor through the south. The ministry portion of the journey will also include the greater Southeast portion of the US. The return to the Northwest will pass through many of the places they stopped during HCJourney 2008.
Follow Hope and Courage Journey 2011: Keep track of the Mortimers through Hope and Courage Blog.
Invite Bob to speak: Contact Bob about speaking in your community.
Hope and Courage Across America — the Book: Share the message of hope and courage with others. Bob Mortimer relives the adventures of HCJourney 2008 along with the other journeys of his life that brought him from losing three limbs to becoming truly whole.
Hope and Courage Journey 2008
Hope and Courage Journey 2008 was a family team of cyclists riding from Gig Harbor, WA to New York City. The tour was designed at a pace that allowed for motivational rallies in cities and towns along the route. The Team leader, Bob Mortimer, propelled his handcycle with one-arm and was the key speaker at the rallies. Be sure to read the newly released book, Hope and Courage Across America by Bob Mortimer for inspiring stories about the journey and the family.
“Life’s journey has huge mountains and long roads. We all face them. Life threatening diseases, heart-breaking relationships, devastating tragedy. Huge mountains and long roads that challenge our body, mind and spirit. We wanted our journey to make a difference. We can’t bring the cure for the disease. We can’t mend the broken heart. We can’t reverse the tragedy. But we can inspire hope and courage. Hope in a God that cares about us as individuals—helping us to conquer every mountain. Courage to take the next step or to go one more mile in spite of our wounds and challenges—daring to do great things with our lives.” Bob.
The route crossed America from Puget Sound, WA to the Statue of Liberty. The journey was used to inspire hope and courage. Passing through small to mid-size communities, the Mortimers made continual contact with the people that make this nation great. Many had stories of Hope and Courage themselves. Many needed a dose of Hope and Courage to face their own journey ahead. Believing ministry is what happens when you are on your way to do other things, everyday was an opportunity to make a difference.
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Hope is inspired. Courage is stirred.