Robert Rajewski’s Jesus Saves sign has traveled 18,000 miles across the country on the back of a bicycle; Rajewski, 54, known as “Bicycle Bob” has been riding his bike from his hometown in Fort Pierce, Florida to the Niagara Falls area since 2009.
“I have taken six trips and five of them where to the Niagara Falls area.” Rajewski said. “Two of those trips I went to Quebec, Canada. It’s all about the sign. Jesus must be the center of all. Without Him there would be no trip, there would be no purpose.”
“Bicycle Bob” says it’s not about him riding the bicycle across the country.
“By sharing my experiences, strength and hope,” Rajewski said. “Others learn to trust God even more. Faith must be exercised for it to grow.
Rakewski travels from May to September staying in a tent at remote locations.
“I am not homeless.” Rajewski said. “I have a wife, grown children and I have a home that I live it in part time. When I am home I live in my tent more times then not.”
A lot of people don’t agree with what Rajewski but his wife stands behind what he does.
“I have a wife believes that warriors go to battle and leave home.” Rajewski said. “After 28 years absence makes the heart grow founder. She has an understanding of what I do is of Christ. I will continue to do this as long as Jesus leads me to. If my wife gets sick or needs me I will be home with her.”
Rajewski said, he has never been so fulfilled in life as he is when riding his bike across the country.
“This is what God created me for.” Rajewski said. “I basically live like a homeless man for five to six months (out of the year). When people ask me what I hope to accomplish. I tell them. Nothing.
“My responsibility is to ride the bike. God accomplishes His will through the sign. I’ve had 1,001 experiences with individuals needing prayer and encouragement. Seeing the sign they would stop to talk. That’s what the sign is about.”
During his visit to Galion on Aug. 19, he had a few more experiences with local people.
“When I saw the sign, I knew God sent him here. I needed to see that.” Cathy George said.”We met him during Prayer in the Square Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. We pray for the community, city officials, kids and today we prayed for the schools. Sometimes people will ask us to pray for specific things. We are a small group and we don’t advertise. We just let God leads us. People are welcome to come pray with us at the square.”
During the interview, “Bicycle Bob” was given a donation for his journey.
“It’s a blessing.” Rajewksi said. “By being blessed I am able to bless other’s along the way. If God says give, I give and I have the ability to (give). When I first started out in 2009, I only had twenty dollars to my name and I trusted that God would provide what I needed along the way. I still do. Over the years I have people who support me along the way. I have people who stay in contact and help support the growing ministry. They do it for God, not for me.”
The sign reaches many people and the impact of the sign blesses each one of us in a different way.
“I like it (the sign),” passerby David Edward McLaughlin said, “There’s nothing wrong with that, he’s not putting anyone down. It’s about Jesus Saves. It’s not an offensive sign, it’s positive and it makes things grow. There’s nothing wrong you can say about the sign regardless of what religion you are.”
The route is the same for each trip Rajewksi takes.
“I am going through the same cities stopping at the same churches,” he said. “Establishing long term relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ. As I meet more brothers and sisters and we develop relationships more destinations are added for the encouragement and uplifting of each other.”
Rajewski was born in Quebec, Canada and adopted into the United States when he was three.
“I was named Robert Rajewski.” Rajewski said. “But who I am in Christ is “Bicycle Bob.” I encourage people to find out what they were created for in Christ.”
Reach Evans at 419-468-1117 ext. 2049 or on Twitter at @deborahevans31