July 4th, 2007 Travel Day

July 4, 2007 10:30 pm

16 Responses to “July 4th, 2007 Travel Day”

daynaf6 wrote a comment on July 4, 2007

Hey Mark,
I hope everything went well for you at the concert. Good luck tomorrow. I know that God will give you the strength to make it up the hills(mountains). I will be praying for you and the crew. You are almost there!!!! I must say that you are one amazing guy and we are all cheering for you. And you probably couldn’t have done it without your crew, they all seem like great guys. Good luck!

Dayna Floyd

Mark Laughery wrote a comment on July 4, 2007

Mark and Crew

The end of your tour is near, but it will not be soon forgotten. The many lives you have touched over this 3500 mile bike trip are countless, not only for the orphans and widows, but also the people you met along the journey.

I know that myself, Tammy and Christian, were truely blessed to spend one day of your journey with you guys. I hold a special place in my heart for each and everyone of you not only for the hospitality you showed me, but also for your true love for Christ and all of his children.

You are the hands and feet of Christ.
Good Luck and May God Bless

I wish that I could be with you on your final ride. I will be with you in spirit and prayer!!!

Mark Laughery
Decatur Il

meljustice115 wrote a comment on July 4, 2007

Yes um…warm cheeks are important. Im glad the concert went well last night and it looks like you are heading to bed early tonight and not staying up too late watching fireworks! You are all in my prayers over this last one or two days of the tour! Love ya Mark, God bless and I pray you get rested up and take some time off over the next couple of weeks! See ya in August in Michigan at Frankenmuth and Unity!!


tscooper wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

Dear Mark,

It really was very hot down here yesterday! I think the weather man said it had gotten to be 88 degrees! Phew!! What a jump in temperature for you over the last few days, to go from 43 to 88 then 50’s today!! I pray that God gives you a beautiful clear day tomorrow no matter what the weather man says! God is the one who holds the wind and the rain in His hands! I’m asking God to give you strength for your body and your spirit tomorrow as you face those mountains in front of you! I’m asking Him to say “peace be still” and to carry you over those mountains! I just thought of something…..for a monent the story of “footprints in the sand” came to my mind….It’s kind of like when you have people riding with you and you see more than one set of “tire tracks” and you know you’re not alone. But when it’s just you, then you see only one set of “tire tracks.” And you seem to be all alone. But truly you never are alone because it is then, when you need Him the most, and in the toughest part of the journey, that He carries you! I hope that makes sense? Because I’m battling between being really tired and the Starbuck’s cinnamon dolce latte that I probably shoudn’t have drank a little earlier!! : ) Take care and God bless you and the guys!

Your friend in Christ,

Denise wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

Hey Mr. Schultz!
You look pretty comfortable, might I add tired as well. Hope you got to watch beautiful fireworks tonight. Travel safe and take care!


Angeltamee wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

I hope you are well rested for your ride today and that your cheeks stay warm :-)

Have a safe ride, I hope it is an easy one.

It has been a blessing to watch you and your crew! you all are great!!

With love,
Tamee Shea

MarynDennis wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

Hi Mark!
You look beat but happy! What a blessing you are to so many, I wonder if you know that!!?
We saw you in Hamburg, NY last Friday and if you could have been hugged, you would have been! Thank you!
We will keep praying for you and believing for you! Believing for less rain and warmer temps for you..but please do keep those cheeks warm! Its essential!
You are held in the Palm of His Hand!!!! No doubt!!!

In God’s Love,
Dennis and Mary Lojeck

Chrissy wrote a comment on July 5, 2007


I hope you can stay dry and warm today on your ride. Clay and Eric and right, your beard will keep your cheeks warm! I hope you got a good nights sleep to be ready for the mountains today. I will be praying you through those mountains! Hopefully you will have some “down” hills too.

Thanks again for blessing us all with these videos. They are so special to me!

God bless all of you!! You all are the best!!

Blessings and Hugs,

CrazyCanadianCloud wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

See, Mark, that’s another reason why you should come over to Calgary, Alberta (my part of Canada)…It’s warmer here these days, than over there in New York! hehe…At any rate, thanks to the beard, you should have warm cheeks, at least… You never fail to make me laugh, my friend! We love you and are continuing to pray for you, especially today, as you go through the mountains. I am looking forward to being there, with Mel at Unity and Frankenmuth in Michigan, come August! I’ll make sure to bring you some coffee from Canada to keep you warm! Blessings to you! See you soon! ~ Helen

childofmine97 wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

Praying for safety and good weather conditions. We all know the weathermen make educated guesses and I pray they are wrong! You have been such an inspiration to me during this trip. To see your progress everyday and how God continues to bless you and the team is something very special. We all think God can’t “use someone like us” but we all have the potential to do great things, if we just open our hearts and let God lead our lives. You are a true testament of having a heart for Jesus and following thru when HE “speaks” to us. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus and showing all of us watching and praying for you that anything is possible with God. Give my love to the wonderful team with you that has been such a source of strength and joy for you. We love you and cant wait to see how this all turns out!

Jen, Randy, and Samuel

Marilyn Sullivan wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

As we celebrate being an independent nation, may you always remember to dependent on God. He has protected you this far and will see you through the end of your mission.

Since I am Irish- I pass this Irish blessing on to you and the rest of the crew-

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand

My prayer is for your perserverance and safety. That God block the obstacles of your journey and that you may feel HIS warmth :)

You’re almost there buddy-keep thinking of those orphans faces-and how you can put a smile on their faces- one of HOPE!!

Keep the Faith and Keep pushing forward and upward!
Love to all


LindaMoerchen wrote a comment on July 5, 2007


I hope the concert went well. Now what you need today is rest before you go out to tackle the Mountains. Just remember God will always be with you, by your side and when your tired he will pick you up and carry you. I believe that you will have no problem making it the rest of the way Mark. You are a strong Man and the Lord will see you through this time. Stay warm.

BTW The beard looks nice on you.

Your Always in Our prayers.

With Love,
Matt & Linda Moerchen

sweettlc wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

I had to pass this onto you and your crew. I seen it before, but really had idea when I would use this method. I can see you and the crew holding cards. It is another way to keep the faith, and to remember God is always with us. Mark PLEASE dont grow your beard out to look like Clays. You may start to pull weird things out of it. Still no answer to where the sub went to. I know a few people have asked, and still waiting for the answer. If it is suppose to rain tomorrow for your next step to the finish, dress warm. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Deck of Cards
It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn’t been heard.
The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week.
As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.
Just then an army sergeant came in and said, “Why aren’t you with the rest of the platoon?”
The soldier replied, “I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.”
The sergeant said, “Looks to me like you’re going to play cards.”
The soldier said, “No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country,
I’ve decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.”
The sergeant asked in disbelief, “How will you do that?”
“You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.
The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.
The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.
The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.
The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.
The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives — the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.
The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.
The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.
The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God’s first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.
The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.
When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week – 52 weeks in a year.
The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Each suit has thirteen cards — there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.”
The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, “Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?”
Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting.
Prayer for the Military.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them.
Bless them and their families.
I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our servicemen and women all around the world.
Of all the gifts you could give a Soldier, prayer is the very best one.

gregginjapan wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

Y’all are near the end there! We are all pullin’ for ya! Those mountains you are traveling today are nothing you and the Lord cannot handle. We will look forward to hearing soon of how close you are to the goal line. We wish we could be there with you to finish the ride and to celebrate what God has allowed the crew and you to finish. Thank you all for the time and energies you have put into this endeavor.


skins wrote a comment on July 5, 2007

Today as I was firing bottle rockets around the neighborhood I was reminded of the freedoms of this great country such as:
wearing a matching Royals shirt and hat…
riding your mower down main street…
buying a 2 foot sub and just riding around with it stuck in the back of our riding shorts..
riding a bike across the country but stopping and doing stationary riding in a bike shop AND video taping 5 minutes of it….
giving graduation speeches..
choosing whether or not you want a spoiler on your car..
eating too much at the sizzler…
Saving Koel…
I, like some of the other people posting here, will miss your blogs when the journey ends Friday. What I will miss the most is the opportunity to watch my good friend do something couragous and good everyday.

Just a tip for the tough mountain ride…have your dad on speed dial…

Rightherewithyou wrote a comment on July 7, 2007

Well Mark you are right it was hot and wet here in Tampabay and even so you put on a great show and it was great to see you again and sing with you all the best praise and worship songs. I like the free concerts the most because you always get alot of unsaved people coming and with the fireworks show at Freedomfest it was really crowded-The estimate I got was around 17 thousand people so it was a great oppotunity to witness and let those that do not know the Lord and are not living the right way to watch and here someone who is. I know from just talking to people and hearing the comments that alot of them had ever heard you before and of course heard the message that all your songs bring.
Like you do , I really like (God Of Life) and would love to see that one as your next single release to radio! Anyway get some rest and stay safe and God Bless you my brother and remember we are all Rightherewithyou!
Your brother and sisters in Christ
Tim, Patti & Alese

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