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It all began with a conversation that never happened.  I had recently done a really cool hike and was anxious to tell everyone about the sights and sounds of the fascinating place I had been.  That next Sunday morning, one of the first persons I encountered coming into church, was Debi Rosen.  Debi has been confined to a wheelchair for almost 20 years from a car accident.  At 70 years old, Debi is one of those individuals that positively radiates sweetness and is one of my favorite people on earth. 
As I approached her, I wanted so badly to excitedly share my recent hiking experience, but found myself in the throws of a mental wrestling match---“Do I?, don’t I?, do I, don’t I?”  The words caught in my mouth and I ultimately decided not to tell her, fearful that my excitement would actually be insensitive, because what I was about to share was impossible for her to ever experience herself.  In hindsight, I am convinced that God held my tongue that day.
 For the next few days, that “non-conversation” haunted me (in my opinion, also God-orchestrated).  My spirit began to shout, “This is NOT cool.  I must figure out some way of enabling Debi, and so many thousands in her circumstances, to experience God’s amazing nature”.  Indescribably beautiful forests, trails, rivers, valleys, creeks, and mountains are a testament to God’s love and majesty, and make up 99% of the earth’s surface.  The Debi’s of this world are confined to the 1%, by no fault of their own.  That truth began to break my heart.
Next stop, Google.  But for days, Google did not deliver.  I discovered that there are umpteen companies out there that make adaptive equipment that enable wheelchairs to be slightly more effective off the sidewalk, but I wanted to take Debi to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and up Pike’s Peak.  Finally, I came upon the Joelette Co. in France.  They manufacture an awesomely engineered “chair-cycle” using the concept of old-fashioned mountain rescue apparatus.  In turn, I learned that the Joelette Co. has a US-based supplier in Denver.  I called them and they convinced me that this is what I had been looking for.

Next stop, Debi’s residence at the assisted living complex.  When I showed her YouTube videos from Joelette and Co., she began shaking in her chair.  “You’re telling me I can do this?  I can’t believe it.”  I said, “Yes, and when I get one, you are going to be the first to ride in it.  And better yet, I’m going to name it ‘Rosie’, after you”.  Debi was beside herself with joy and anticipation. 
Next stop, telephone.   I made a few phone calls to influential friends and before too long, I had pledges enough to order our first Rosie.  As I thought through the possible programmatic possibilities, logistics, audience, partnerships, etc. (BTW, much to my wife, Kim’s, chagrin, my mind always goes from zero to 100 in the blink of an eye), I knew we needed to give this venture a name.  My thoughts went to the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 5, and the account of the group of friends who took their paralytic friend to go see Jesus.  The house where Jesus was speaking was so crowded that they could not get in.  That didn’t stop them.  They were determined to enable their friend to see something amazing.  They carried him to the roof, cut the thatch away, and lowered him down through the hole in the roof to see Jesus!   I pictured in my mind’s eye, groups of friends by the hundreds, using Rosies to take their new friends to see places and things that heretofore have been impossible.  Not figuratively impossible, but, literally impossible.

Postscript (July of 2023): We were all greatly saddened at the news this last Easter week when we received news that Debi Rosen had passed away unexpectedly after a relatively minor procedure. She was not only the inspiration for the creation of Luke5Adventures but hiked with us several times after that first hike (COVID took away over two years of her freedom, being unable to leave her care facility or she would have hiked with us dozens more times). To honor her further, we have named our Israel/Holy Land tour project after her---The Debi Rosen Zikaron (Memorial) Adventures Project.




    God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 25, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
    We are all made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates us from God. We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end. We believe that since all life is sacred, every human being has value and deserves dignity. As such, we must have concern for the physical and spiritual needs of our fellow men. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Romans 3:23
    We all were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in unison with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal unison and eternal life with God. John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; (Hell) Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27 (Heaven)
    Jesus Christ, born of a virgin, is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrew 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13
    Salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for our sins by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
    Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25; 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
    The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and Son as God. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily. 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:1
    The Bible (unmodified and unedited) is God’s word to all mankind. It was written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 1:13; 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 12:6; 119:105, 160; Proverbs 30:5
    We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as individual biological persons, male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God, is the foundation of the family, and basic structure of human society. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 6:18, 1 Corinthians 7:2-5, Hebrews 13:4, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Mathew 15:18-20
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