Last night, the 2020 Word Riders tour finished on a high note with a formal function commemorating the 10th anniversary of this far-reaching outreach event.
The highlight of the evening was a presentation of some of the special moments that encapsulates the unique character of this very remarkable ministry.
Tour organiser, Francois Sieberhagen, reiterated that the success of the tour hinged on the loyal group of motorcyclists who return to place Bibles in the hands of children who need it most every year.
In a congratulatory message, Rev Dirk Gevers, CEO of the Bible Society, commented that the Word Riders has become an integral part of the Bible Society’s mission of providing affordable Bibles to people.
The last day of school visits delivered another treasure trove of wonderful memories.
A heart-warming sight at the first school was to see all the Grade 7s eagerly paging and reading from their new Setswana Bibles.
Teachers and principals at the majority of schools expressed their heart-felt gratitude towards the Word Riders for reaching out in a desperate time when people fear being together and when learners need hope and reassurance ahead of the exams.
The warm reception we received everyday was humbling and encouraging, and clearly indicated the need for spiritual nourishment among the teachers who face tough challenges in performing their daily duties.
It gives one hope to see that, in a time where biblical values are increasingly coming under fire from social norms, the Bible still has a place in the hearts of those tasked with educating our leaders of tomorrow.
Thus ends another fruitful and blessed Word Riders tour – a different tour taking place in a different and strange time. Yet, what this tour has clearly shown is that seasons change, the world can be turned on its head, fear can try and capture the hearts of men, but the King is still alive. The love story of God sending his own son, Jesus Christ, to die for his people, who was raised from the dead and in so doing now offers the gift of salvation that brings hope, peace, love and eternal life to all.