This is the Day – July 2, 2013

Join Alice next Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM on 90.1 FM, Moody Radio, This is the Day with Nancy Turner.

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Passing on the Wrench!

Look who stopped to visit us at HWI! It is Grant, our former bike director, his wife Katie, and young Will. Grant’s dad owned 2 bicycle stores while Grant was growing up. So we are passing on the wrench to the next generation. Thanks Will for bringing your mom and dad by to see us again.

 

Spring Arbor University & HWI Brainstorm Session

On Monday June 24th Kevin and Alice left home at 5AM and drove 4 hours to Spring Arbor University (SAU). There we met with old and new friends. One of the old friends was Carla, Alice coast-to-coast cycling leader from 1977. It only took us 2 hours for 5 of us to travel the world through our brainstorming efforts. Pray with us as we watch our university trike consortium grow. (more…)

Bikes for Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Last Tuesday Shawn came out to HWI headquarters from Sunshine Gospel Ministries on the south side of Chicago. We have partnered with Sunshine for several years. We loaded 26 bikes into this trailer and 16 bikes into this truck bed.

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Trike Stress Testing

Today we did some potentially destructive testing on a DOTT trike frame. (Note that all of these tests were performed without the additional strength of a “Haiti Brace” installed. The Haiti brace is an extra support welded into the frame below the seat that helps to strengthen the trike frame. All current HWI trikes use this brace.)

These tests at HWI were done in parallel with the Solidworks computer stress analysis reports compiled by the students at Messiah College.

The intention was to provide us with a feel, both practically and theoretically for how strong the design was, and to help identify any weaknesses in the design. Unfortunately, we ran out of weight for the test as we approached 900 pounds. We really did not expect to get that far.

Our future tests will involve actually overloading the trike to see what parts do fail first.

As well as providing valuable theoretical analysis of the trike design, the students at Messiah College were able to identify the likelihood that most of our trike frame would still be strong enough even if we used a slightly smaller diameter of tubing. Thanks again to the students and staff at Messiah College for their work and suggestions.

 

Making a Difference

Today the Outreach Community Center’s case worker brought two young men by to get bikes. Thanks to a government grant these students will work 25 hours/week this summer for pay. Both of these young men have been in the OCC summer at risk program. They have now graduated from High School in the Class of 2013 and plan to go on to College of DuPage in the fall. One hopes to pursue his dream of architecture.

We had the privilege of providing these young men with bikes so they could get to their summer maintenance jobs. They are putting away money so they can one day trade in their two wheels for a reliable four wheeled vehicle. But for now they were so glad to have a reliable set of wheels that will help them pedal towards their dreams.

Tuesday June 18, 2013 Come Explore

All of us have a creative side! The Maker’s Space is a community creative group that explores the arts. By exploring the creativity God has placed in us, we have another avenue to get to know Him. This group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm in the atrium of the Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church. All are welcome. For directions click on the link http://www.gecovenant.org.

On, Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30-8:45, the group will explore, “Is there a book in me?” with Alice Teisan, author and founder of His Wheels International, along with authors in the congregation and the Church’s writing pastors. (more…)

The End of our Bicycle Division

     As of June 1, 2013, His Wheels International (HWI) will no longer be accepting bicycle donations. We
are winding down the two-wheeled bicycle aspect of our ministry and plan to end the bicycle division by September 14, 2013.
      I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have had a part in our bicycle division. Thanks
for directing people towards HWI who have had bicycles to donate, time to volunteer, and for a variety of
other reasons. Thanks also to those of you who have donated bicycles, surplus stock, tools, and accessories.
I also want to thank you for lending us your professional expertise and also for helping us get the word
out about our ministry. Without your assistance, we never would have been able to touch so many lives in our community, throughout the United States, and internationally with our bicycle ministry. As a team,
we have distributed almost 1,700 bicycles that we have collected and our mechanics have rehabbed so we could recycle them to those in need of basic transportation and for many their first set of wheels in the United States.