H.U.B.S – Humble, Unified, Blessings, Savory
It started with a phone call.
Righteous Rides hub coordinators Bret and Tina Byus were speaking on the phone with their Atlanta representative about the growing problem of disconnected hubs. They came to the conclusion that they wanted to invite volunteers to one big event called the “Hub Summit.” The event would be designed to unify the Righteous Rides team across the states and reaffirm the mission and vision of the ministry.
“Tina and I had talked for months about how we needed to get [all the volunteers] together for some sort of meeting,” Bret said. “We had never been all together under one roof.”
They knew many Righteous Rides volunteers had never met someone from another hub. This would be the perfect opportunity for them to get to know each other, and to hear more about the ministry.
In April of 2019, the Byus’s vision became a reality. Volunteers from all of the different hubs gathered together in St. Louis, MO, sitting under one roof for the very first time.
During the summit the volunteers learned about the history of Righteous Rides from co-founders Mark Reighard and Bret Byus, listened to presentations by each hub about their unique take on the Righteous Rides ministry, packed goody bags, ate good food, and, most importantly, became unified. They were even able to tour the St. Louis headquarters.
“It was really good to see everybody understand what Righteous Rides is about,” said Bret. “For many, that was the first time.”
The volunteers in attendance said they were inspired by how God can use very different people to accomplish the same goal.
“You don’t have to be a rubber stamp hub,” Pam Polit, an attendee of the summit, said. “God can work in one geographic area in a very different way than another geographic area.”
Since the summit, the hubs have been growing. People are excited about the ministry, and sharing it with family and friends.
“I can’t wait to see what God does next,” Polit said. Then she joked with an infectious smile, “Someday, we might have so many vans we will actually be able to advertise!”
God used the Hub Summit to glorify himself and to encourage and unify the volunteers. We ask for continued prayer that God gets the glory in the ministry of Righteous Rides, and that we seek to be unified with each other as we serve missionaries and our Lord Jesus Christ.