The children are the ones who receive Bibles and a kind word during the Word Riders tour, but the Word Riders take away just as much, if not more from each tour.
One of the special memories of this year’s tour is that of Winfred Smith.
While visiting a school on Thursday, Marelize du Plessis was approached by a woman from outside the school grounds.
She said that her son had just a received a Bible from the Word Riders. He has dyslexia and this has led to him being made fun of at school. Her son’s condition prompted the mother to read up a lot about dyslexia and child development. She learned that children, and even more so children with dyslexia, should know what they want to become by the age of 10.
So when Winfred turned 10, his mother started prodding him to find out what he wanted to be one day.
“From the beginning he wanted to be a pastor,” Marelize relays the story.
His mother thought this a ridiculous notion given his reading disorder.
Her young son, however, knows the Bible and he has faith that he will be succesful in pursuing this godly calling.
He said, “Mom, Moses couldn’t speak either, yet God sent him Aaron to help him. The Lord will send me an Aaron as well to come and help me.”
Winfred’s mom asked the Word Riders to keep her son in their prayers so that he could fulfil his calling of becoming a pastor.
And that is all that we can do now – pray. We have sowed the seed of God’s Word, the Bible. It is now up to the children to make the choice of reading that Bible and allowing God to work in their hearts and lives.
So this is our prayer for Winfred and all the rest of the 4 537 children who each received a brand new Bible:
“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4