Give me an update on your life since the PAYH.
After graduating PAYH I was able to move in with my family in Huntsville Texas. This time with my family was great for me, I was able to get a job as a barista for Starbucks and show my family I could make responsible decisions. After six months saving in Texas it became time for me to pursue a career so I started applying to a college near my home town in Oregon. With the car I had saved for and my possessions I and my dad drove up to Portland OR. I’ve now lived here in Aurora OR for 3 weeks with my roommates, who happen to be some of my best friends growing up and am now a paid intern for worship at PDX church, I’m excited for what happens in these next few months and hope to see God shape me further.
How did the bike ride impact you last year?
I was never gifted athletically, therefore I assumed before the bike ride last year I would be dragging along dead last every day. I quickly found this to be untrue as the week progressed. I was a strong rider for the most part and my goal of completing this challenge became a reality. Something the bike ride taught me was that I’m capable of much more than I give myself credit, and if I live my life doubting myself and never trying I’ll never feel the greatness of success.
Why are you coming back to ride this year?
I’m coming back to bike ride this year because I believe; I believe in the Youth Home, in the staff, in the Boys, especially in the families. I want to reconnect with the guys and watch them do something they have never done before and feel that success with them.
Here is Kent’s video from last year