Region 8 Students Bike Across Arkansas Helping Others

May 10, 2005 – Posted at 3:12 p.m. CDT
WYNNE, AR -- Some students at Arkansas State University are kicking off their summer break by peddling. The Wesley United Methodist Campus Ministry began their Tour de Faith Missionary Eco-Challenge Monday morning.
“Six days of bicycling, four different stops. It’s a challenge physically, and spiritually as well,” said Chuck Coffelt, Campus Minister. But it's one these ASU students are up to the task for.
“To me, any kind of adventure is kind of extreme challenge type thing, something that hasn't been done before, so it just sounded like a lot of fun,” said ASU Senior Courtney Teeter.
On Tuesday they are peddling and painting, and then off to the next challenge.
“It's a great way for our campus ministry to connect with local churches,” said Coffelt.
Teeth said, “I love helping people, so it's just a different way to help people. A little different twist to your basic mission project.”
They'll stop in Brinkley, Lone Oak and Bryant before they're done crossing the state.
“You got to keep peddling, keep pushing yourself and the different people who are riding with you really help a lot. They keep encouraging us,” said Teeter.
“Students have a heart for mission, they have a desire to serve and enable to do that, it trains them and helps them be a productive members of churches,” said Coffelt.
The crew plans to wrap up their trip on Sunday in Bryant, nearly 200 miles from home. Organizers say they don't think they will be biking back to Jonesboro. Instead, they'll take a van.