"This church has changed my life", said a new believer in one of our new churches. Another one said, "This church feels like home." This is why CEM starts church-planting churches through recruiting and developing church planters, supporters and leaders. This is also why CEM Team RAGBRAI rides across Iowa each year to pray and raise money to start new churches.
This will be our 4th year to ride across Iowa praying for God to raise up churches. During our 2nd ride across the state we started in Sioux City, which we prayed for along with the other towns we rode through. This year we just hired Drew Hanson to start a church in Sioux City. So this is not just a bike ride it is an opportunity to change the lives of people who live in our state. God is answering our prayers so let's keep it up! Help us get the word out so others can join us in praying for the communities that we will be riding through by clicking here and downloading the info to share.
I invite you to help CEM continue to reach the millions of people who still need to hear the Good News from a new church that we can start close to where they live. You can help in two ways: 1. Join CEM Team RAGBRAI as we pray for each of the towns we ride through, 2. Give a financial gift based on a specific amount per mile I ride. See the prayer schedule and the easy calculator below for giving a special gift.
In the 43 towns we will be riding through there are only 193 churches (of any kind) for a total population of 82,024. Of these churches we have only 3 CEM (Christian/Church of Christ) Churches. Pray for God to raise up both the leaders and financial resources needed to start churches that will share Christ with the people living in this part of Iowa.
Prayer Schedule: Sunday 23rd - Hawarden, Orange City, Alton, Granville, Paullina, Primghar, Sutherland, Hartley, Spencer. Monday 24th - Dickens, Gillett, Grove, Ayrshire, Curlew, Mallard, Plover, West Bend, Whittemore, Algona. Tuesday 25th - Wesley, Hutchins, Britt, Garner, Ventura, Clear Lake. Wednesday 26th - Thornton, Swaledale, Rockwell, Cartersville, Rockford, Charles City. Thursday 27th - Ionia, New Hampton, Lawler, Protivin, Cresco. Friday 28th - Decorah, Ossian, Castalia, Postville, Waukon. Saturday 29th - Waterville, Harpers Ferry, Lansing.
I will be riding the entire route (including both the Gravel loop on day 1 & the Karras loop on day 2) for a total of 475 miles. Here is an easy calculator to help you determine the amount of your special gift:
Make your check out to Christian Evangelistic Mission or CEM and mail it to: CEM • PO BOX 1445 • Ankeny, IA 50021. You can also give online through our website
www.cemchurches.com/donate click on the green Donate button and fill out the form.
July Church Visits
2nd N Grand CC in Ames IA
9th Le Mars COC in Le Mars IA
16th Woodland Hills COC in Pleasant Hill IA
23rd-29th CEM Team RAGBRAI
30th Connection CC in Glenwood IA