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Q: What is Spoke Folk?
A: Spoke Folk is a 12-day biking and musical ministry tour for up to 30
participants (15-20 years old) and 10 adult counselors (21 and above).
All these people are from different states all over the country. Each
of the tours bikes during the day and shares an evening concert/worship
service with each host congregation. Spoke Folk is very passionate
about sharing and living the Gospel through biking, music and community.
Q: How far do you bike each day?
A: The mileage will vary depending on booking availability, but will
hopefully be right around 40 miles most days. This may seem like a
daunting amount, but it's actually not that far to go. Each person is
supported by the whole group and you never feel like you're doing it by
yourself. By the end of tour you will have biked around 300 miles.
Q: What kind of music do you sing and play?
A: The music falls into the "Contemporary Christian" genre. Recent tours
have done music by groups like Jars of Clay, Caedmon's Call, and Audio
Adrenaline. We also use appropriate secular music that gets radio play
to reach out to the groups we meet on the road. All music is designed
to be song with a soloist and a choir. And the music is challenging,
but isn't so hard that we can't learn it within the four days of
training. Our participants are required to practice the music before
they come too. The goal is to have the band completely consist of
participants (Age 15-20).
Q: What if I'm not a great cyclist and/or musician?
A: That's ok. It's not so much about being a biker stud or a rock star as
it is about being part of an amazingly tight Christian community that
works together to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Everyone has different
gifts and we want them on tour! You may think that because you struggle
with biking and can't sing or play anything, you don't belong on tour,
but that isn't true. We need encouragers and people who can be
relational. That's what Spoke Folk is all about. The music just gets
them there and the biking gets us there!
Q: Do I have to carry all my stuff on my bike?
A: No -- each tour will have support vehicles to help transport your
luggage, instruments, etc. One travels in the back for anyone who needs
to get off their bike and rest or if a bike breaks down (it happens).
The other van moves from the back of the group to the front as much as
possible to give water and food to the Spoke Folkers and to encourage
them along the way.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost is $375, in addition to travel costs to get to and from the training site. Counselor registration is $50. Although these are the minimum amounts we ask for registration, the amount we ask that you try to raise is $500. Your support helps defray the costs for food, gas for the support vehicles, programmatic materials and support staff for the ministry of Spoke Folk. The best way to get the money together is through our sponsorship program. This is also a great way for you to include family members, friends, co-workers, congregation members etc. in this unique ministry. If you do not raise this money, you will not be penalized in your attendance on tour. But participants are required to pay $375 in total.
Q: What should I expect to gain from this experience?
A: It's hard to express the answer to this in a short paragraph. You'll
gain friends from all over the U.S. who will always be there for you if
you need them. Just look at our forum and you'll see that. Your faith
will grow in ways that you would never expect either. God will work on
your heart and stretch you through the relationships you make on tour.
Spoke Folk is also great for helping people remember the excitement
that they should have for the ministry God has given them. You'll also
get in better shape physically pretty quickly. Biking all the time for
a week will do that! And you'll have fun! You will laugh a whole bunch
and get more hugs than anywhere else in your life.
Q: How can anyone possibly stay on a bicycle that long?
A: The miles fly by when you're biking with a group of 30-40 other people.
You stop for food and water breaks from when the van comes around and
we stop in the middle to eat lunch too. So, it doesn't really feel like
you're biking all that long.
Q: Can I still go on Spoke Folk if I have special needs like a food allergy or a condition like diabetes?
A: Anyone can do Spoke Folk. We've had just about every possible issue
with us on tour. There's always someone with a knee problem, but we've
also had people with food allergies, diabetes, arthritis and
vegetarians. The only thing we always ask is that people make sure to
know how they're going to handle things while biking. If you need
special treatment while on tour the National Director needs to know
Any other questions can be posted on the forums and you'll probably have a response within a day or two.
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