"We all know why we're here," Wayne King said through a blowhorn while standing in front of a massive crowd of people on Saturday afternoon. "I'm not going to say too much, because I'll break down in tears." 

King was one of thousands of people who showed up for the prayer ride on Saturday in honor of Linda Stoltzfoos. 

The ride began at 1 p.m., beginning at Ephrata Community Church and ending at Bird-in-Hand, roughly 17 miles. 

Before the thousands of people rumbled onto Clay Road to begin the ride, the group held a moment of silence for Stoltzfoos, an 18-year-old Amish teen that is still missing after she was last seen walking home from church on June 21. 

Motorcycles, trucks and cars all had some sort of yellow flag, ribbon or bandanna on it, honoring Stoltzfoos' favorite color. 

“I had no idea it would grow this big, at all,” said Brendan Veale, a co-organizer of the ride, who estimated the crowd at 3,000.

An estimated 3,000 people road from Ephrata to Bird-in-Hand for a prayer ride for Linda Stoltzfoos on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Veale and Shaun Wood organized the event.

People donned Maryland bike club vests, Delaware license plates and one couple had arrived from California to partake in the ride.  

Mike Nolasch and his wife, Linda, are full-time travelers from Folsom, California. He said they were in Alabama when they heard about the prayer ride and they decided to reroute their travels to make it.

“We’re happy to support the family in their time of need and the biker community,” Nolasch said.

Sisters Teresa Cross and Cynthia Woodward, from Delaware, had decided to come to the ride to show support for the family. 

The back of their Ford Explorer had a statement of hope written on it, reading, "In the darkest times, there is a light the darkness cannot comprehend; it's the promise that God's still in control." 

Underneath, it had "Where are you?" written. 

It took nearly 15 minutes for the parade of motorcycles, cars and trucks to file out of the parking lot. 

Veale said he’s not looking for “‘Thank yous.’ This is strictly for the community.”


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