“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”.
For any of you wondering where Del Rio is, it is on the Texas/Mexico border surrounded by wide-open spaces along the Rio Grande River.
If you are looking for a reason to ride, here it is. Everyone is invited to come join Bill and Margaret, Pastor Martin Seca, the members of Living Stone, and all the riders on Sunday, October 11, 2015 @ 11:00AM as this ministry again moves into the community wherever the Lord leads.
You will not only enjoy the occasion of this relaunch, but have the opportunity to “get on the outside” of some excellent Mexican cuisine, breathe the air scented with Catclaw and Greasewood, stop in Langtry where Judge Roy Bean presided as “The Law West of the Pecos”, and rest your legs on the highway pegs just “because you can”.
What a special and exciting time it was over the weekend of August 22-23, 2015 as White Horse M/M, our newest affiliate of Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship, introduced their ministry to the church body during 3 worship services. The Holy Spirit was present and confirmed His calling on Ed Berringer and his wonderful wife, Sue, as the congregation joined in supporting and the commissioning of this amazing couple.
Seven years ago, Ed was involved in a serious motorcycle accident when stopped at a traffic light and hit by a motorist from behind at approximately 40 mph. Paralyzed, Ed went through all the struggles of a painful recovery, complete life change, stress on marriage and family – a true test of God’s faithfulness and victory over Satan’s attempt to destroy his life. Aided by a fellow church member who contributed toward the cost of equipping a motorcycle with hand controls, Ed mounts his bike, stows his wheelchair in a sidecar, waits as Sue climbs aboard, and off they go to serve their Lord and King, Jesus Messiah.
Please join all of us at Fellowship Riders in praying for this new work of the Lord and for these who have answered His call to ministry. If you are in the neighborhood, that would be anywhere within 1,400 miles or so of Johnstown, stop in and share the fellowship and friendship of White Horse Motorcycle Ministry found at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship. What Satan meant for evil, God meant for good.
Ministry Highlight – Keystone Cruisers for Christ
To quote Pastor Mark Sawyer of another affiliate in Pennsylvania “In our wildest dreams we never realized just how God could use a motorcycle ministry. The doors keep swinging open to His glory!! In the months since this group was officially launched in September 2014, they have hosted a Safety Training/Bike Blessing event, participated in several local biker and civic events, “The “Wings” always draw attention and open doors to speak about our Savior”, and had a very successful Ride for Missions to fund their Manna Ministry for the year with 62 riders touring 7 covered bridges.
To not limit the reach of Fellowship Riders to the USA and Canada, Keystone Cruisers for Christ has enrolled Pastor Darren Rogers of the Bethany Baptist Church, a visiting pastor from Pontypridd, Wales, UK, as a member of their group, “We bought him a vest, had the wings sewn on the back and made him an honorary member of Keystone Cruisers For Christ.”
It seems the Lord has focused His attention on the Keystone State and released His Holy Spirit to call out riders to reap the harvest and enlarge the Kingdom of God. Joining our other affiliates in Pennsylvania and across the land is Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship in Johnstown, PA.
Please welcome this new ministry, White Horse M/M, to the growing Fellowship Riders family and pray for their leader, Ed Berringer as they submit to the call of the Lord to use their motorcycles for His glory.