2014 Team Revolution REPORT...

The season is officially started and we are excited to see how far we can push ourselves in our fitness journey.  This year at Kickoff, our turnout was smaller than usual due to scheduling conflicts, but it was a fun time nonetheless.  Athletes signed up for the different membership options :  First Team, Second Team, First Team Couple, Second Team Couple, Third Team, Family Team, and Revolution Kids. (For the full description of the membership options go HERE.) First team athletes are committing to a more aggressive training regime while Third Team athletes commit to training a minimum of  two times a week.  But all athletes share a common fitness goal of training for at least one race and crossing that finish line strong. As a mandate, all of our athletes are dedicated to racing for missions and most donate a minimum of $200 per year to our team owner, Bonders, which is a progressive Adventist young professionals ministry based in Michigan. Bonders plans mission trips and other mission projects with these funds – its current one being a team trip to the Amazon in Brazil this November.  Our team consists of athletes who are just kick-starting their lifestyle of fitness and others who are veterans in endurance sports and their goals push the apparent limit of the human potential.  It’s awesome. At the Kickoff, we distributed welcome packets, gave team updates, announced our season events, wrote out our season goals, took uniform sizes, took legit pictures at the TR Photo Booth (- thanks, David!), and of course, did some major carb-loading to prepare for a season of training. For our athletes who weren’t able to come, your welcome packets with all the info and some goodies will be mailed to you this week! ...

2013 SEASON CLOSER

This year, Team Revolution has a lot to be thankful for.  Our 47 athletes, mainly from Michigan but also across the country, participated in well over 100 races representing our team.  This amazing group of mission athletes consists of runners, cyclists, swimmers, and triathletes, and this year, we brought in over $10,000 in donations that will primarily go towards supporting our mission trip and our mission partner:  Amazon Lifesavers. In April, we had our Season Kick-off at the Adventist Community Service Center in Lansing, Michigan.  There was an optional group run, food, and a preview of what our year would look like.  We also encouraged our athletes to write out their fitness goals for the season.  We were excited to announce our title sponsor, Genstler Eye Center, and our other team sponsors, CAMPUS, Sterling State Bank, and ARISE/Lightbearers.  A huge thank you to these organizations for their support! Before the season began, Tennille Shin and Judy Ramos took a trip to Brazil to meet with the directors of Amazon Lifesavers, an Adventist ministry that reaches out to the river-dwellers living along the Amazon basin.  At the Kick-off, Tennille shared a mission report and the exciting details of our mission partnership.  Our team is planning to go on a mission trip to the Amazon next year during the week of Thanksgiving.  The goal of this trip is to provide physical and spiritual nourishment to those in need.  Here is a video tutorial they made from their trip. During our TR season, athletes proudly wore their uniforms at the races of their choice.  They also had the option of creating their own donation pages via our team website if they wanted to find race sponsors.  Throughout the season, we had team events ranging from training workshops to...

G-Eye Revolution

By: Dr. Arla Genstler Dr. Genstler and her team at Genstler Eye Center in Topeka, Kansas are the title sponsor of Team Revolution.  On October 21, she and many in her team organized and ran a race near the practice in an effort to support the Pletcher Family who lost wife and mom in a tragic car accident.  Here is their story: ——— It was a perfect fall day in Kansas.  I was actually supposed to be in Detroit running a half marathon with some of my Team Revolution compatriots, but due to a persistent ankle problem, my plans had been changed.  Earlier in the year, my business, Genstler Eye Center, had become the lead sponsor of Team Revolution.  So of course this meant that I needed to start running!!  Which I did and I loved it! I did great for some months and then for some unknown reason, my left ankle started giving me trouble.  I tried to ignore it.  In talking with my dear 90 yr old retired (at age 86) physician father, I mistakenly shared with him my ankle woes.  He said, “My dear, that is an easy problem to fix. Stop running!”  He reminded me that knees can be replaced, hips can be replaced but ankles can’t be replaced.  So with this new perspective, I backed off my running. But always wanting to stick to my word, I determined that I was going to do SOMETHING on Oct 21st, the race day.  I had not shared with my staff yet that we were sponsoring Team Revolution so I decided to challenge them to join me in a run on that day.  I offered to contribute $100 to our mission fund for each person that would run/walk/crawl/skip a 5K with me.  ...

Breaking the Yoke

By: Tennille Shin This past weekend I watched the two-part documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide on PBS.com. The documentary grew out of the overwhelming response to the book of the same name by authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky is an account of inspiring and courageous individuals who confront global oppression head-on. It focuses on gender-based violence, specifically against women, that is seen on a worldwide front. The documentary is both heart-breaking as you see the depth and expanse of gender-based violence, and inspiring as you meet women who have not only overcome but dedicated their lives to making a difference for other young girls and women. Watching this documentary was a call to action. We must do more as Christians in our communities and worldwide to “break the yoke” of injustice and oppression (Isaiah 58:6). Yet, there was one overwhelming aspect of this documentary that left me wanting.  Yes, there must be a clarion call to rescue girls from sex slavery, female genital mutilation, lower education standards, abuse, and violence, among many other social ills. But it cannot stop with the breaking of the physical yoke only. There must also be the breaking of the spiritual bondage that seeks to encircle us all. There must be an everlasting hope, not just a temporal hope, shown to these women and girls. This is true “welfare ministry,” as Ellen White calls it. This reminds me of what Team Revolution is about. As our handbook says, “The purpose of The Team is to assist Bonders in (1) promoting the teachings of scripture regarding human health and the practical application of loving our neighbor, (2) providing opportunities for members to apply and advance the Christian message of scripture in the...

True Development

By: Israel Ramos I’ll never forget my first mission trip.  Early in the morning, I loaded a large van filled with a bunch of high school students headed from Amity, AR to Belize, Central America.  I was a Junior at Ouachita Hills Academy and had no experience at all in anything.  Growing up in Southern California, we rarely did outside work — that was left for the professionals to do.  I had absolutely no experience in construction and we were heading to Belize to build a mechanic shop for a group of people at a small educational institute in Progresso. We weren’t the only students going.  Actually, a group of high schools had partnered together to send their young people at the same time to assist in this project.  When we arrived, things were beyond what I was prepared for.  The first impression I had dealt with the food — it was so good!  Ripe avocados from trees on the property were available to eat at every meal.  Peanut butter and honey sandwiches were among the breakfast highlights — I made one for myself just yesterday, in memory of my Belize experience.  Most people who visit different countries on mission trips lose weight.  I certainly did when I participated in mission trips to other locations, but not in Belize.  One of my life’s significant benchmarks took place while I was there — My weight reached 140lbs for the first time ever. Belize, however, was more than just a memory of good food.  On this mission trip, I learned my life’s most valuable lesson: unselfishness underlies all true development. One would think that in order to get better at something, we must practice.  Determination is the key to development.  Discipline is needed to advance.  Although...

The Lansing Legislator Triathlon Video...

David Shin and Israel Ramos do the Lansing Legislator in Sleepy...

Inspiring Quotes for the Mission-Minded

Tennille Shin Living in a Pinterest-Twitter-Facebook world we come across many inspirational (and not-so-inspirational) quotes on a daily basis on a variety of subjects. Whether they are self-help adages, goofy one-liners, Biblical passages, or exercise motivators, there seems to be no short supply of these drive-by maxims. Well today, for the Mission Tuesdays post, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite quotes to get you inspired for missions, locally and globally. Perhaps one of these will become your personal mission statement as you seek ‘fitness for witness.’ The widow, the orphan, the sick, and the dying will always need help. Here is an opportunity to proclaim the gospel–to hold up Jesus, the hope and consolation of all men. -Ellen White, Medical Missionary, January, 1891 People say “What is the sense of our small effort?” They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. -Dorothy Day Sometimes I want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world when He could do something about it, but I’m afraid He might just ask me the same question. -Unknown We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. -Mother Teresa Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ -Isaiah 58:6-9 We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. -Nelson Mandela Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. -Mother Teresa Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. -Proverbs 31:9 While the world needs sympathy, while it needs the prayers and assistance of God’s people, while it needs to see Christ in the lives of His followers, the people of God are equally in need of opportunities that draw out their sympathies, give efficiency to their prayers, and develop in them a character like that of the divine pattern. It is to provide these opportunities that God has placed among us the poor, the unfortunate, the sick, and the suffering. They are Christ’s legacy to His church, and they are to be cared for as He would care for them. In this way God takes away the dross and purifies the gold, giving us that culture of heart and character we need.  -Ellen White, Testimonies, vol. 6, p.261 Here at Team Revolution Missions, our goal is to provide opportunities for us to live out our faith and have our sympathies drawn out in acts of kindness. Will you join...

Video: Tri To Finish Olympic Triathlon

On August 12, 2012, John, Tennille, and Judy ran their first olympic distance triathlon: 1500m swim/25mi bike/10k run.  Amazingly, each of them had terrific finishes, qualifying them for age group nationals!  The course was challenging with cold water temperatures, a highly technical bike course, and difficult hills on the run. The song: What If I Give All? is performed by Christian artist Naomi Jackson from Vida International.  When we first heard her sing it at LEADS in East Lansing, we thought it was a great match for Revolution: giving all to help...

Looking Unto…

The word in Greek is: aphorontes.  It means to look away from all else and to focus our eyes on a specific something.  It means to turn our mind to… This is what Paul means when he says, “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1,2 ESV). It was 90 degrees plus and David and I were peddling up Schavey Road’s gradual and steady incline for the last 2 miles of our bike ride before transitioning over to a run in our brick workout in DeWitt — the place where we live.  A brick workout is when an athlete trains for two different sports consecutively — typically a bike followed by a run.  The 11-mile course that circles from my house to David’s provides a nice variety of small hills.  Riding east to west on Clark Rd., there is a stretch in between Airport and Francis that not only throws, arguably, the hardest hill in town at you, but also provides an open clearing for headwinds to make you feel as though you are riding with a parachute attached to the back of your bike.  Keeping more than an 18 mph pace for an hour and a half on the loop boosted our spirits, especially because we knew that we took it easy in key places where we could have pushed the pace significantly. Feeling quite good, David — a much better runner — decided to power up the last hill to purposely burn his legs before the run.  Fresh legs for Dave on the run would...

The Running God

The Running God: Lessons That Running Teaches Me About Myself and God By Israel Ramos It was a casual conversation: David Shin (Pastor in East Lansing) and I were talking about doing a triathlon relay together.  I don’t even remember how we got into the topic of triathlons, but we both reminisced about the days when he used to tour on his bike like Lance Armstrong and I used to swim a mile with relative ease like Michael Phelps. It was nearly a decade and a half since my swimming days and I found myself shocked by my Fit4Him health evaluation report (basically a physical exam for my job) that was so bad, it advised me to seek medical advice immediately. I needed to make some changes.  By this point, my only form of exercise was the rare pick-up basketball games at the school gym when the Adventist students at Michigan Tech were around.  When I visited downstate, my father-in-law coached me in golf or took me to play pickleball.  However, I had nothing routine. By the end of the phone conversation with David, I was signed up to complete a triathlon – on my own.  My wife had been nagging (although she may replace “nagging” with “strongly encouraging”) me for a while to get into shape, using all sorts of incentives and reinforcement methods from her teaching background arsenal.  Embarking on this journey meant success for her as well. But there had to be more than just a completion medal at the end of a race to keep me interested in this endurance sport.  Further conversations with our spouses and other friends brought to mind the stories of many individuals in our lives and ministries that had impacted us in ways they did...

Revolution TOUGHKids

Manu & Micah are the first two members of Revolution Kids.  Here’s a video of their race.  Sign up your children today!  And thanks Edwin for being a media...

Weiber Fever

By: Judy Ramos The same week we met Scott Jurek, Tennille and I also got to meet another famous athlete.  Jordyn Weiber is not only a 17 year old girl who lives in our own small city of DeWitt, MI.  She is the 2011 World All Around Champion in Gymnastics and she is the gold hopeful for the London Olympic Games.  Our city held a fundraiser picnic on Sunday, June 24th, 2012 and Weiber took a brief break from training to sign autographs.  We waited in line for over an hour so we could have her sign our Revolution Tech Tee.  Now we have two famous autographs.  Tennille found out after the fact that Mitt Romney had been in DeWitt that week as well (even though we don’t necessarily support one party above another).  But we quickly agreed that having him sign the Revolution Tech Tee would be a stretch.  😉 The countdown to the London Olympics are well underway!  5 more days to go! Here are USA’s endurance Olympians & Paralympians to look for: Team USA Triathletes: http://www.usatriathlon.org/news/articles/2012/7/071012-olympic-roster.aspx http://www.usatriathlon.org/news/articles/2012/7/071912-paratriathlon-hp-camp.aspx Team USA Swimmers: http://www.usaswimming.org/ViewNewsArticle.aspx?TabId=0&itemid=4537&mid=8712 http://www2.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2012/June/17/US-Paralympic-Swimming-Team-named.aspx Team USA Cyclists: http://www.usacycling.org/usa-cycling-announces-2012-olympic-team.htm http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Features/2012/July/03/Full-roster-nominated-for-2012-US-Paralympic-Cycling-Team.aspx Team USA Runners: http://peakperformance.runnersworld.com/2012/01/london-olympics-how-will-the-six-u-s-marathoners-fare/...