ierce wind. Freezing temps. Pounding rain. Nothing could stop these cyclists because they were driven by a purpose dear to their hearts.

They were part of an I Will Go Bike Ride organized by Anthony Kent, associate ministerial secretary at the General Conference, in partnership with the Scottish Mission. He and a team, composed mostly of pastors from the United Kingdom, spent a week cycling across the Shetland Islands to tell people about Jesus and share Adventist literature.

“We’ve come to the Shetland Islands because there are twenty-three thousand people here and not a single Adventist,” Pastor Kent said. “We want to reach them with the gospel.”

After an overnight ferry ride to reach the islands, the team set off to reach the unreached, riding through every inhabited street and stopping to talk to anyone they met.

“It’s cold!” Pastor Kent said. “But this is still really good fun, and people’s hearts are open.”

This wasn’t the first I Will Go Bike Ride. Pastor Kent led a cycling ministry trip from Washington, DC, to St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States and was instrumental in three rides in Australia as well.

We’ve found it’s a wonderful way to generate significant but brief conversations and an opportunity to share the gospel,” Pastor Kent said.

Cyclists (from left): Pastor Paul Tomkins, Pastor Anthony Kent, Pastor Wilfred Masih, and Pastor Fitzroy Morris
Pastors Anthony Kent and Fitzroy Morris share literature
The I Will Go Bike Ride team (from left): cyclist Pastor Fitzroy Morris, cyclist Pastor Wilfred Masih, team cook Kanchan Masih, Scottish Mission president and team support and logistics leader Pastor Jimmy Botha, cyclist Pastor Paul Tompkins, and cyclist Pastor Anthony Kent. Not pictured: General Conference associate director of Health Ministries and cyclist Dr. Torben Bergland and cyclist Pastor Weiers Coetser

There’s a special reason the Shetland Islands were chosen for this ride. In the 1800s, Philip Reekie emigrated from Scotland to Australia. As a literature evangelist, he rode his bike thousands of miles around the continent, sharing the gospel with anyone he rode past. One of those people was Pastor Kent’s great-great-grandfather.

Philip Reekie rode up to him on a bicycle and shared The Great Controversy. It completely transformed his life. There are seven generations of Adventists in my family because of his wonderful ministry.”

Pastor Kent’s dream was to take the spirit of Philip Reekie and his desire to lead people to Christ back to his homeland. 

“We haven’t just stayed on the main roads,” Pastor Kent said. “We’ve deliberately ridden past homes. We’ve seen people out and about whether they’re cutting their grass, putting their washing out, walking their dog, or farming. We’ve gone to where people are available, and we’ve had wonderful conversations with them.”

Although this is not the way Pastor Kent and his bike team normally witness, they’ve seen the value of unique methods of ministry.

“These pastors aren’t cyclists,” he said, “but they’re willing to go to the ends of the earth, even if it means riding a bike in wet, cold, windy conditions if it may lead one person to Jesus. My hope is that people will look at unentered places, places where we don’t have any Adventists, and do what they can to reach them.”

Please pray for the hearts of the Shetland people and those around the world who are using unique methods of ministry to reach the unreached for Jesus.

The I Will Go initiative is a rallying cry for total member involvement. It’s a call for every church member to become actively involved in reaching the world for Jesus using their God-given spiritual gifts in witness and service. Explore the I Will Go plan and find your place in this global movement!


Caleb Haakenson is a video producer for the Office of Adventist Mission.