As the weeks have passed since the official welcoming of Rigena Christian Church into the Fellowship Riders family, there have been a number of email communications as well as the gathering of materials and start-up items to be shipped to our most distant ministry, Nyamarambe, Kisii, Kenya.
It is our hope that, like the reflective trim around these caps, the Shekinah glory of Almighty God will break forth when that package is opened, that the spirit of brotherhood and encouragement overflow that carton, and that every item strengthen and enlarge the Kingdom of the Most High God in Christ Jesus.
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a church in Kenya who wished to become an affiliate of Fellowship Riders. Having received emails from Africa and other nations requesting financial or other assistance, I was skeptical and a little reluctant to respond; fully expecting the usual motivation for contacting Fellowship Riders.
In reading that first email there was no request for money, just a simple message asking if they could partner with Fellowship Riders in starting a motorcycle ministry. With a measure of caution, I asked more about the church and questioned whether our materials provided to our ministries in the U.S. would be of value in their culture and language. The reply I got from Pastor Jared Omweri was that they are a small church in Kenya with only 38 members and no motorcycles, but they wanted to establish a relationship with us and together to take the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.
Now how could we not immediately shout praises to Almighty God for His connecting our hearts as Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, for we are of the same Baptism and same Spirit!!!
As we continued to exchange emails and to share the heart of the Father, the Board of Directors of Fellowship Riders unanimously approved Rigena Christian Church as an honorary affiliate with all rights and privileges afforded our ministries.
In working with other ministries outside the U.S., there can be a concern for the safety of individuals or churches and it is with the permission and agreement of Pastor Jared that this information is being shared. Please know that even now, Satan desires to destroy all the works of the Kingdom of God and we need to pray diligently for these and Christians everywhere.
We are now gathering a “Starter Kit” of our Riders Tool Kit, patches, decals, flags, and other Fellowship Riders materials to be sent to our newest affiliate as they join with all the other Fellowship Riders affiliates in going into our communities “Powered by Christ”.
Please join with the leadership of Fellowship Riders in welcoming our newest affiliate, Rigena Christian Church, in Kissii, Kenya as they begin the work of following the Lord’s call to start a motorcycle ministry and “take the Gospel to the ends of the Earth.”
Ron Kidwell, President of Fellowship Riders, along with the Board of Directors, would like to welcome Fellowship Riders of Alamance County at Trailhead Church in Graham, NC to the family of Fellowship Riders ministries.
Brian Hurdle, the director of this new ministry, and I had been seeking the Lord for a year; asking where He would open the door for a motorcycle ministry; and it is in the Lord’s perfect time and place that He has opened that door at Trailhead Church.
As Brian and I were talking immediately after the church leadership had approved and blessed this new ministry, the Lord said “Just as I commanded a Sabbath rest for the land, the land has rested and now it is time to plant for the harvest.”
So with that Word, we welcome Fellowship Riders of Alamance County and Trailhead Church – Powered by Christ – “to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Hi Ron, I just wanted to share with you and all our brothers and sisters affiliated with Fellowship Riders what a blessing Angel Tree 2016 was for all of us here at White Horse M/M. This was our first year participating in the program and we were not sure what to expect. Needless to say our group was blessed beyond measure.
With the help of our church, the Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, we were privileged to bless over 40 families and 100 children. I cannot help but to think of Olivia, her picture is attached to this email, when she opened her gift and saw the Barbie doll her face lite up and as she hugged the present she stated; “My daddy knew just what I wanted”. Priceless!!! Continue reading
“a child shall lead them…” – Fellowship Riders of the Hill Country
I have been making Angel Tree deliveries for several years and it never ceases to amaze me the blessings that the delivery teams receive. Once again this year, we began our journey to deliver to the children of incarcerated parents in cold damp weather and, in keeping with the Fellowship Riders tradition, we feel that this must be done on the back of our motorcycles if at all possible.
The weeks leading up to the delivery of the gifts are spent calling the recipients care-givers and learning of the family and children’s needs. One particular call caught my attention; I spoke with a grandmother about her grandchildren and she began to tell me of the difficulties the family was going through. She was travelling back and forth to San Antonio for medical treatments and struggling to get the children; Realea (3), Christian (7), and Julian (10); anything for Christmas. The two younger children’s requests were what most would expect, but Julian’s was something special. I learned Julian loved to read religious books and wants to be a pastor someday. He cannot get enough to read and his Bible was worn and needed to be replaced. This delivery was going to be special; I could tell it already and grew more anxious each day. Continue reading
Once again, all the ingredients were in place for a blessed and fun time of providing new back-to-school shoes for the at-risk children who have the God-ordained guidance of Youth World to “Find your place in the World”.
Impacting the surrounding community for Christ, Youth World; through its Summer Camps with more than 400 students in attendance, After-School programs, Summer reading program, and a wide range of other activities; has served over 100,000 lunches, furnished 3,911 pairs of shoes, and children have read more than 33,526 books.
As always, everyone participating returned home with more than they brought – the memories of again being the Lord’s hands and feet and sharing the smiles and laughter of these children, especially when playing “Birdie on a perch”.
Scheduled for the first weekend of August each year, we look ahead to the Youth World Shoe Ride for 2017 and invite everyone, whether local to DFW or not, to support this event by sponsoring one or more children with new shoes for the upcoming school year.
On June 8-13 this group of 25 rode over 2,600 miles through Wyoming and Montana while sharing devotionals, divine appointments with those they met along the way, and prayer. On day three, a couple went down and were injured; however, what the enemy meant for harm became an opportunity for God to show up and show off His sovereignty over all things. During the 1st few minutes of the crash, the Lord brought a Trauma Doctor, 2 nurses, and many prayer warriors to the scene. An hour later emergency services arrived to airlift one rider and transport the other to a hospital 1 hour away where he was treated and released. A state trooper commented that this was the calmest crash scene he had ever responded to and the brother of the injured rider explained it was the presence of the Lord. Within a few hours the Lord revealed that the riders would be restored and gave peace to continue the ride. Funds to cover hotel, food, and airfare to return the riders to their home in California were provided by riders and others who learned of their need. Continue reading
Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Taking this Scripture to heart, Keystone Cruisers for Christ, the Fellowship Riders affiliate at New London Baptist Church in West Grove, PA has been finding several ways to be Salt and Light in and around their community.
Involving the Youth Department as well as many of the congre-gation who do not ride, they have been a part of a Halloween Parade where, for the 2nd year in a row, they won First Place for Religious Organizations as they passed out tracts and candy. In a nearby town, they participated in a Christmas parade where they handed out 500 bags of candy with a child-centered tract but found that they could have doubled that number – which they intend to do for next year.
To supplement their riders, they have purchased a Cushman trike to carry people, gift/candy bags with Gospel tracts, Angel Tree gifts, and a number of other uses. Especially helpful in local parades as well as gift deliveries for Angel Tree recipients, the trike relieves riders from trying to pass out candy and tracts or haul gifts while safely allowing them to concentrate on riding and communicating with the children and adults.
For the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree for Prisoners Children, 17 children; with one or both parents in prison; received 4 gifts each provided through the efforts and love of the entire congregation. God said He would “bless you that you may be a blessing” and one of the truly tangible ways to accomplish this is through ministering to the prisoner and his/her children. Still feeling the Lord’s anointing and being blessed by blessing others, Keysone Cruisers for Christ will be expanding the number of children and caregivers they touch in Jesus’ name for 2016.
This is an outgrowth one of our affiliates, Hope Fellowship Church – Fellowship Riders in Irving, TX. This is a modestly priced service available by contacting them directly and they travel where needed.
Call: (972) 358-4501 for bookings.
Another amazing time of worship, hearing The Word, and fellowship with our revitalized Fellowship Riders ministry at Living Stone Worship Center in Del Rio, TX. From left to right are Dudley Kidwell, Ron Kidwell (President – Fellowship Riders), Margaret and Bill Melendez (Ministry Directors), and Pastor Martin Seca as the church welcomed the rebirth of this ministry under new leadership.
I encourage you to pray for these new leaders as they step into their community “Powered by Christ” and that you make a special effort to visit them as you tour the Great State of Texas. I’m sure they would be glad to accompany you to Wright’s Steak House for a taste of Texas beef or to La Hacienda for a little Tex-Mex. By now I’m sure you know the drill, “Ride, Eat, Repeat”.