Lake Norman & Mooresville

On a cross-country journey for Christ

A jack of all trades, but a master of none, is how Evan Dixon describes himself.

While he said his lack of expertise in a specific area used to get him down, the 21-year-old Huntersville native has learned to embrace his variety of skills to further his mission work in Nicaragua over the years.

Today, Dixon continues his mission work by taking a solo road trip, Coast to Coast for Christ, of the United States and parts of Canada.

He departed on his 10,000 mile journey June 15, with a goal to collect $1 for every mile he rides for New Song Mission Nicaragua, a non-profit organization. On the road, Dixon is selling bracelets from Nicaragua, speaking at organizations and gathering donations.

Dixon's road trip began as a simple idea when he was in Nicaragua. He recalls speaking with motorcyclists that drove from the United States to Nicaragua and was inspired by their journey.

Late one night, Dixon started plotting where his friends and family lived across the country and the Coast to Coast for Christ trip formed.

When Dixon began planning the trip in January, he knew he wanted to ride to benefit missionary work in Nicaragua and share his testimony to others about how he came to know Christ.

Rob Dixon said his son is not shy about sharing his faith. "This is a very unselfish trip," he said. "He's just a good kid and we're proud of him."

Along the way, Dixon is boarding with friends, family and acquaintances. He is also relying on the kindness of people on Facebook. If he does not have a place to stay, Dixon said he posts his need for a host on the social network.

So far on the trip, he said, "I've had a lot of confirmation from God. I've just had to step out on faith and see what happens."

Dixon averages about 300 miles per day, but has traveled more than 500 miles on a couple stretches. Dixon and a friend spent about 30 hours preparing his '07 Suzuki Bandit GSF1250 for travel.

The hardest part of the journey has been, "the solitude of it all. It's the hardest, but best part. I never expected it to be a factor, I never prepared myself to be alone," said Dixon.

Some of his stops have included Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago. He plans to return to Huntersville Aug.15.

"There are so many things he could learn on this trip: The beauty of God's creation, the difference of New York and Wyoming and the contrast of that, and learning that he's not invincible," said Evelyn Dixon, his mother.

She hopes others will see her son's "love for Christ and his willingness to do whatever it takes to further his missions."

Dixon has traveled to Nicaragua five times and plans on returning with his fiance for long-term missions following their marriage, he said.

Currently, he is seeking businesses to sponsor the ride in exchange for advertising on his website, coasttocoastforchrist.com. His sponsors include Rudolph Foods, Superior Turf Care, Camaro Specialty, and District Design Studio.

Individuals who would like to support the ride can make donations to New Song Mission Nicaragua.

"I hope people are kind of inspired and can live their dreams," said Dixon. "I think a lot of times people have that gut feeling and something that they want to do, but they get scared."

Dixon's advice for those contemplating acting on their dreams is to "be obedient to that calling."

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