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Evangelical minister cycling across country spreading gospel

Rev. Hans Myors was peddling his way through Halifax County over the past weekend spreading the gospel as part of his ministry, Pedal Prayers.

Myors travels the country on bicycle spreading the word of Jesus Christ. He has been on 34 mission trips including his current trip and will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his ministry today.

The evangelical minister began his 34th mission trip in Lexington, South Carolina and has traveled up the east coast on his bicycle named Alice, offering roadside counseling, speaking at different churches and helping with disaster efforts.

Myors spoke at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street Sunday morning and is scheduled to speak at a church in Amherst today. 

From there, he plans to travel to Richmond, Virginia Beach and on to New Jersey to assist with Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts.  

Myors said he plans to go as far as Maine before making his way to the Midwest.

So far, he has spoken at 12 churches this year. Last year he spoke at a total of 42.

He started his first mission trip in Portland, Oregon on Feb. 19, 1993, and since then he has traveled 219,000 miles over the years.

“The Lord told me, through a set of dreams in 1993, in the last dream I heard the word go, and four days later I was on the road,” Myors said.

Out of the 34 mission trips he has taken, 16 of them have been cross-country trips from coast to coast.

He has been to every state except for Alaska and Hawaii and also has been to three provinces of Canada.

Alice, Myors’ current and seventh bike, has traveled across America three times accumulating 50,000 miles, and he has had the bike since 2007.

“I enjoy seeing God’s country and seeing the beautiful things that God gave us, meeting different people and helping people go the next step in their faith walk,” Myors said when asked what he liked the most about his trips.

When asked what he liked the least, Myors said, “My interactions with some ministers around the country. Some I felt were very cold and didn’t know why they were in the ministry. They just think it’s a job, and they’ve kind of lost the compassion of Christ.”

Myors hasn’t always accepted Jesus as the Savior and was originally raised as an Ortho-Conservative Jew.

A native of Germany, Myors was raised by his parents, both Holocaust survivors.

After accepting Jesus into his heart in December 1976, Myors said in the spring of the following year his parents disowned him and told everyone he had committed suicide.

“It’s been 37 years that I’ve had no contact with my parents,” Myors said. “They told everyone I committed suicide and held a funeral for me and put a tombstone for me in the cemetery and everything. I was 19 going on 20 when that happened.”

Myors did not let that incident shake his faith, and in 1979 he came to America where he became a citizen in 1984. He started his ministry in 1993, and in 1998 he was ordained an evangelical minister.

While he believes that Christ is the Savior, Myors said he is still strong in his Jewish faith. He considers himself a messianic Jew and a follower of Christ instead of a Christian. The minister says he likes to say his prayers in Hebrew. 

“I am still a Jew. I have not given up my Jewish faith. Jesus was a Jew, and his first followers were Jews,” Myors said. “Reading the Gospels opened up my heart and my eyes to Christ.”