Local Man Takes Harley on a 6,000 Mile Ride for Charity

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

There's no distance far enough, when the cry for help is heard...David Elizondo is always there to lend a helping hand -- and his heart -- to help.

"Proverbs 31:9 we need to support the poor and the needy help them in their troubles; we're already blessed to live in this country and so we need to make our own," said Elizondo.

Although modest, Elizondo just returned from a mission trip in El Salvador—now, he’s ready for another mission:

It's called miles for missions -- and in this case, it's 6-thousand miles to be exact.

He along with an estimated 120 other riders from across the world will hop on their bikes and ride the back roads from Las Vegas to New York City. If he reaches the big apple in seven days -- three charities he's riding for will -- cash in.

“We do have motorcycle trackers on our bike that keep up with where we're going with our speed; and they give our determined route we have to follow,” said Elizondo. “If we want to pull over and sleep, we have to sleep by our bikes. “

Elizondo is riding for: “Acts of Grace” out of Montgomery, Texas; The Bridge Orphan Ministry in the Brazos Valley and additionally, Moody Missions in El Salvador.

“Acts of Grace helps men and women who’ve have suffered sexual abuse, and gives support for women who’ve had to painful go through miscarriages and abortion’s,” said Elizondo.

Acts of Grace also conducts training sessions to teach individuals how to lead bible studies.

Elizondo has been back and forth to El Salvador fell in love with the kids Moody Missions in El Salvador and last but not least -- The Bridge Orphan ministry located right here in the B-CS.

Randy Hermes and his wife founded the ministry four years ago and ever since, they've been providing long-term assistance to orphanages in former Soviet countries as well as promoting adoption of available children their into loving homes.

“You search your whole life for something you want to do and when you find something that you know is absolutely right, you know it's something that you're supposed to be doing, it's such a blessing to not only them but to yourself also,” said Randy Hermes, founder of the Bridge Orphan and Ministries.

After graduating from A&M, Randy and his wife, Amanda, had three kids; but their family didn’t stop there. Randy said he had a calling for international adoption. In 2008 the couple adopted a ten year old from Latvia.

In 2009, the Hermes family got even bigger.

“We met our 12year-old son and 15 year old daughter from Ukraine and we completed their adoption in the spring of 2010.”

The family is currently in the process of adopting a 16-year-old boyfrom Ukraine; he should be home sometime next year.

In the meantime, although Elizondo's challenge may only last seven days -- his act of grace will last a lifetime.

The motorcycle challenge officially kicks off August 5th at 6 a.m. If you'd like to donate, or just have fun keeping up with David Elizondo on his cross country motorcycle mission, you can watch LIVE from the comfort of your own home.

Copy and paste this link into your browser. It will then ask you to "Join the group," and ask for your "email address." Once you provide your email address, you will send you a notification when David is streaming live.


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