February 23, 2016

Adventist Young People Use Mexico City’s Car-Free Day to Share Faith

, Inter-America Division

Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists rode their bicycles on the main streets of Mexico City as part of a youth event to promote health and hope.

More than 500 cyclists, young and old, pedaled through some 21 miles (34 kilometers) of the city, while hundreds of others walked and passed out thousands of books, magazines, and gift cards for free online Bible studies.

“We wanted to mobilize our young people, their friends, and our young-at-heart members to be active and take part in new and attractive ways to witness in this great city,” said Enoc Ramirez, local youth ministries director and event organizer.

Ramirez scheduled the event for the last Sunday of the month, the day that Mexico City authorities close main streets for people to ride their bicycles, run, or walk. In this case it was on Jan. 31.

An avid runner himself, Ramirez said it was wonderful to see young children from Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs on their bikes as well as our adults from 90 Adventist churches across the city taking the time to testify about living healthy while sharing their joy in the gospel.

“Our members shared hope to everyone in the city by distributing more than 2,000 Steps to Christ books, praying with those who needed prayer and sharing hugs,” Ramirez said.

In addition, church members distributed 6,000 gift cards for people to claim online Bible studies, a virtual book, and tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

“I enjoyed being part of this witnessing activity, meeting people and handing them the cards for free resources online. I feel so blessed,” said Sara Lopez, a young adult who joined a group that walked through the main streets passing out books.

The activity sparked so much interest among Adventist young people in Mexico City that leaders are planning several more cyclothon events throughout the year.

Dania Aragon contributed to this report.