One Pedal Pusher’s Epic Journey

Renee Ann Smith —  July 16, 2013 — 27 Comments

When I joined the writing group My Book Therapy, I was hoping for instruction and some online fellowship. I never realized I’d be rubbing shoulders with ladies who would so greatly inspire me to know God better. One such is Reba J. Hoffman, PhD, life coach & former missionary, with the God-given gift of encouragement, who recently set out on an epic solo bicycle journey from Florida across the US to the West Coast in order to highlight the plight of women suffering from PTSD.

As she travels, Reba will be meeting with groups and speaking out about women and violence and PTSD. Reba knows how much support women who have survived violence need because of her own experience. Here’s Reba’s testimony in her own words:

Reba

Reba and Dakota, her Waterford touring bike

“On November 5, 1984, I [Reba] was abducted in broad daylight from a parking lot by a drug crazed criminal. He’d been out of jail for less than twenty four hours. I was beaten, raped and left for dead in a remote area of North Florida. By God’s grace I survived that attack.

The broken bones healed, but I suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Fortunately, I had a great medical/mental health team and was able to recover. Sadly, that’s not the case with so many women who survive violent assaults. Many are imprisoned in their homes. If they do venture out, they experience anxiety and panic.

I want to help these women find the courage to seek help. To face their fear and find the freedom they deserve. I ride for them. I ride for freedom–-theirs and my own.

I invite you to take the journey with me.Use the wisdom it brings to do something bold in your own life. I promise you that freedom lies in being bold.”

You can follow Reba’s journey and see where she and her bike are each day at this link.  

Or you can follow via her Facebook page.

We can support Reba by sharing the story of her journey and by providing prayer or financial support. (This post explains how you can help.)
Reba’s only been on the road a few days, but God has already blessed her greatly through the people she’s met! Read her heartwarming post about the third day of her trip: There Are Good Samaritans, and Then There Are Angels.
Follow this link to purchase her book Facing Fear and Finding Freedom for $2.99.

Here’s a verse for Reba (& for all of us!) Feel free to download & share. Whenever you                 see this, say a prayer for her cycling adventure!

You go before me and 7a

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

27 responses to One Pedal Pusher’s Epic Journey

  1. Beautiful verse, thanks for sharing

  2. Wow, that is AMAZING!! That is seriously A Courageous Journey!

    To think that someone who was attacked, beated and raped in broad daylight can conquer their fears enough to get out on a bike and ride across America by herself! What a testimony!

    Thanks for bringing us her encourageing story. I’ll be following her journey, too!

    Lisa

    http://www.thecourageousjourney.com

  3. Oh, I love the beautiful promise of that verse! An unimaginable story… so grateful for healing that passes our understanding, just like His peace.

  4. This is a remarkable woman; and I will follow her journey. Thanks for sharing these awesome thoughts today.
    Blessings!

  5. I needed to hear that verse today, Renee! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. And thanks for sharing Reba’s story. I’ll be praying for her.

  7. Love this. So inspirational and such a powerful verse. Thanks for sharing.

    I linked here from Thrive at Home Linkup and thought you might want to link this post at the linkup I host called Essential Fridays.

    http://www.essentialthingdevotions.com

    I’m sure my readers would love to see this!

    Blessings.

  8. Renee,

    I cannot begin to image the courage of this woman or the faith by which she lives every day. What an inspiration to others. Kim, linking with Faith Filled Friday.

  9. Reba is amazing and so is her journey! I was excited to see this because my son has a friend who dared a similar ride. His purpose was to help end human trafficking. (If you want to read my post about him, search “human trafficking” on my blog.)
    Blessings and prayers for Reba!
    Jan (Visiting from Company Girls)

  10. Wow, what a testimony! Thanks for sharing. (company girls)

  11. Julia Reffner July 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Wow, what an awesome testimony! I’ll be praying for you Reba as you continue on your journey. You are an inspiration!

  12. How wonderful that she turned something so traumatic into such a huge positive.
    The hand of God is an amazing way to be lifted back up.

    I’m visiting today from Freedom Fridays.

  13. Wow! Such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing such an encouraging story!

  14. I had to smile because “pedal pushers” were pants that came just below the knees like capris. Thank you for sharing about Reba’s testimony and bike trip. What an amazing story!! Thanks for sharing it over at WholeHearted Wednesdays last week.

  15. Hi there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and
    look forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

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