Faith and prayer are the foundations from which Bike and Brain operates. We seek the Lord’s affirmation even before money and donations. At each turn, even when questioning whether to continue the organization, God has provided us with direction and clarity. For that, we are grateful. In a time of doubt and questioning the Lord proclaimed his involvement yet again and without fail. His presence was made especially clear through our meeting of Tramaine.
Tramaine was surfing the internet for “cheap and/or free bicycles” when she came across Bike and Brain. She explained that she was initially hesitant, but decided to “send a message” in the off chance someone would respond.
Tramaine’s brief and rightfully hesitant message read: “Hi, my name is Tramaine and I’m in need of a free bike, How can I get one?”
That seemingly simple message worked in many complex ways. For one, it led to a bicycle, which is what she was searching for. Moreover, this message, which was ironically sent in faith, revitalized our own faith in unexplainable ways. It was yet another kick in the pants from the Lord — imploring us that we should be moving forward with Bike and Brain.
Bike and Brain is small. We have limited connections and few resources. We don’t have the ability to provide free bicycles to everyone (although we hope to get there one day). Fortunately, we have no other choice but to to turn to the Lord for support. Each bicycle we give away must be initiated by the Lord. There’s no other way it would work. The timing of Tramaine’s message and her story solidified many of our prayers, and we knew this was the right match.
Meet Tramaine (In her own words)!
“My name is Tramaine. I was born and raised in Suriname, a country in South America between the countries of Guyana and French Guiana. In my country, I used to ride a blue bike to school, to my regular activities, and in my free time. I am a very sport-minded person. I play basketball, run track, and play volleyball. I used to cycle a lot in Suriname. However, I have not had the opportunity to purchase a bicycle in the states because they are expensive.
I have lived in the US for 4 years now. My experience so far has been challenging.
I graduated high school in 2014. I am now studying biology as a junior at York College. I hope to eventually go to medical school.
If I get this bike, I’ll have the chance to be more active with my body. I will also save money on public transportation, which I don’t have. I hope to work with a bicycle delivery service if I get the bike. This will allow me to make money. I will also be able to ride to the parks. I’ll be really happy to receive this bike.
It was clear that Tramaine would benefit from a bicycle. She is a full-time student with tight finances. She plans to use the bicycle to save money on transportation, remain active, and to make money with a delivery service. All of these things will have a positive effect on Tramaine’s life. We were certainly excited to get a bike to Tramaine as quickly as possible.
However, it was more complicated than that!
This story is much more involved than simply providing a bicycle to Tramaine. We were at a church conference when we received Tramaine’s email. The conference involved baptisms and people’s commitment to Jesus. The weekend was about re-affirming our faith in Christ and giving him control over all areas of our life.
As we thought about this, there was conviction that we had started to give up on Bike and Brain. We were starting to doubt the Lord’s involvement in the organization. We questioned whether he cared about the cause. There had been a lull in motivation, and we had not been contacted to provide a bike since February. We thought about wrapping up altogether.
Right in the midst of these doubts, Tramaine’s message rolled through. It occurred to me that we may not have been fully relying on the Lord for direction at Bike and Brain. The timing of this church weekend, our convictions, and Tramaine’s message were too perfect to be a coincidence. God was speaking right to us. We were clearly reminded to follow God’s heart for Bike and Brain.
Once we processed God’s response to our doubts, we reached out to Tramaine to determine what she was looking for. This was the true test of God’s response because we only had one bicycle left. It had been sitting behind our couch in pieces for several months. What were the chances it would be a good fit? To be honest, they were slim. As God had affirmed, we had exactly what Tramaine needed. It was exactly her size. The Lord humbled us yet again and we were amazed at his perfect involvement in this situation.
It was clear that the Lord arranged this story of Tramaine and Bike and Brain beautifully and perfectly. Not only was Tramaine provided with a bicycle, but we were reassured, once again, that Lord is always with us. As of now, He’s clearly letting us know that we should continue to move forward with Bike and Brain.
And we plan to listen.
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