Cyclist Steve Sconce

Cyclist Steve Sconce was an overnight visitor to Onida last Thursday, June 3.

Sconce is 1400 miles into a cross country bicycle journey that he explains is for three reasons: to check off an item on his bucket list; as a cardio alternative to taking medication to combat his recently diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease; and to pray for new, fresh work in his walk with the Lord.

The son of missionaries, Sconce himself took up missionary work. Along with his wife Crystal, Sconce raised his ten children in Papua New Guinea. “I’m fluent in the national common language, and teach in that language,” said Sconce. “While we were there we worked with twenty churches.”

According to Sconce, native populations see “rich, white missionaries,” and he didn’t want to be placed on that pedestal. “I want the message of Christ to go into the culture, and for people to get excited about the Bible and scriptures, not about the rich, white guy.”

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