Fellowship Riders Inc is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the mission of assisting and supporting Bible-believing churches who wish to start a motorcycle ministry but are unsure of the benefits, pitfalls, and organization needed for a successful ministry.
In the time since this founding, Fellowship Riders has received hundreds of requests from churches for help in starting motorcycle ministries. Today, more than 75 churches throughout the United States and Canada have become affiliates of Fellowship Riders and have impacted their riders and their communities for the cause of Christ by providing world-class motorcycling experiences through well planned, well organized, and safe riding opportunities led by Christ Followers, developing many unique and God-led ministries, and bringing people to fill the “God-shaped” piece missing in their lives that is found only in Jesus Christ.
In the whirlwind of the activities leading up to the rally and afterward, it seems the event can now be viewed with a clearer perspective. From the inception of this event to call Christian motorcycle ministries and riders to gather in Sturgis more than 3 years earlier, Fellowship Riders were honored to contribute in a number of ways in supporting and shaping this event as the Lord gave direction.
Asked to serve as Program Director for 2018, I had no prior experience or predetermined direction; which was in retrospect exactly what was needed. 2 days before the first planning meeting, the Lord brought the word “reset”. Over the next 6 weeks, the Lord began putting form and direction to His desire to “reset” the content and purpose of the rally for 2018 which became immediately clear when He brought the next and final word of “revival” as the goal of the next Light Up The Hills Rally.
The Lord spoke that we were to come seeking “personal righteousness before a Holy God”, to be reminded “for it is written: “Be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16)
Over the next few months, the Lord opened and closed many doors in the process of bringing speakers with His message for us as individuals, as citizens of this nation, and as the Body of Christ. His selections were Jordan Morris of Together in the Harvest, David Barton of WallBuilders, Bob Smiley, and Pastor Michael Masambu, our dear friend from Alleluia Sanctuary of Praise in Kimilili, Kenya.
Looking back at the rally, there was evidence at every turn that the Lord’s presence was in that place, that lives were “reset” on a new path, that the Lord was worshipped and honored, that the truth of Scripture was spoken and heard, and that many left with something of eternal worth.
Ron Kidwell, President
Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
In learning of the need for tents and chairs; with the dual purpose of sheltering people for our ministry’s activities and to generate rental revenue to assist them in becoming self-sufficient; a donor has provided funds for the purchase of our first tent and chairs – plus $200.00 to provide additional Bibles. What a blessing and cause for celebration among us and among our pastors!
With this first tent and chair donation, I challenge everyone reading this to consider adding your support as we continue efforts to provide tents and chairs for the other 3 ministries. As with the Public Address systems, we will provide these new resources to our pastors in the order in which they were accepted as affiliate ministries of Fellowship Riders; Rigena Christian Church in Nyamarambe being the first recipient. It is our prayer that we will be able to quickly follow with tents and chairs for Powered by Christ Ministries in Nakuru, Gesonso Christian Church in Nyamira, and lastly Alleluia Sanctuary of Praise in Kimilili.
Romans 13:1 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which is from God. The authorities that exist have been appointed by God.”
As our work among the Boda Boda progresses, it is important we comply with the authorities and regulations governing our ministries if we are to be true Ambassadors for Christ. To this end, we have successfully registered 3 of our ministries as CBOs (Community Based Organizations) in the counties of their home churches; Nakuru and Kisii. This step was taken to provide recognition among the local authorities and as another step toward establishing Fellowship Riders as a recognized non-profit in the nation of Kenya. That “next step” of registering in Nairobi as a faith-based non-profit organization is a priority as we strengthen the foundation of this Kingdom work.
Not waiting on the regulatory activities to be completed, our pastors are continuing to share the Gospel with the Boda Boda and their communities. As we had envisioned, our providing Public Address systems to our pastors has strengthened their churches and their outreach efforts.
Pastor Samuel Mbuchi of Powered by Christ Ministry in Nakuru has been taking his PA system to several Boda Boda stations and preaching the Gospel to both the Boda Boda and to all the clients who go in and out from these key transportation locations.
These efforts to take salvation to Kenya through the Boda Boda would not be possible without those of you who have contributed to the work of these pastors and their congregations. There are many things yet to be done as we follow the Lord and your donations are “seed for the harvest.” We thank you for investing in the Kingdom of God on the Earth and ask you prayerfully consider continuing to enlarge the Body of Christ in Kenya.
Psalm 90:16-17 Let your work be shown to your servants and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
In the time since the 1st Annual Kenyan Leadership Conference in Nakuru, the Lord has shown Himself faithful and powerful among each of our ministries in Nyamarambe, Nakuru, Nyamira, and Bungoma County (Kimilili). Through the investment of several people into this amazing work of the Lord, we have been able to purchase 2 Public Address systems; one for Rigena Christian Church in Nyamarambe and one for Powered by Christ Ministries in Nakuru.
These PA systems have increased the impact of our ministries into the community by facilitating larger events and strengthening our affiliated churches. Church attendance and membership have grown as well as the number of people reached at every gathering with many testimonies of salvation and deliverance among the people. It has been reported that the atmosphere in these communities is changing, that there is a lingering presence of the Lord. To Him be the Glory. Continue reading
Isaiah 34:1 Draw near, O nations, to hear, and give attention, O peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it.
Since May 12 of 2017 when I received the first email from Pastor Jared Osongo requesting his church become an affiliate ministry of Fellowship Riders, the Lord has moved quickly to call other 3 other pastors to focus on sharing the Gospel with the rider community in Kenya, the Boda Boda. In the past 11 months, we have seen and heard testimonies of salvation, healings, and deliverance among this group of people often overlooked or viewed with suspicion and fear as they are a rough group, often engaged in criminal activity. But God…
God has a different plan for the Boda Boda. He sees these, who need His salvation and freedom from the bondage of sin, as an army He can equip with His righteousness to go throughout their land taking the Good News of Jesus.
By providing PA systems to the 4 pastors working among the Boda Boda, it will be possible to expand the reach of these ministries into the community. Our 2nd PA system was purchased last week for Pastor Samuel Mbuchi in Nakuru and he is planning his first crusade soon.
While Pastor Samuel was purchasing his PA system, Pastor Joseph; himself a Boda Boda and Elder at Alleluiah Sanctuary of Praise in Kamukuywa Township; was leading a crusade in Namawanga Township using the PA system from the church. As a large number of Boda Boda and others gathered, the local police chief, fearing a disturbance “alighted from his car” to find the Boda Boda preaching the Gospel. This was such a spectacle that individuals and public transportation vehicles would stop to take pictures and to be a part of what the Lord was doing. There are reports that as many as 89 people received salvation in Jesus.
Much has been accomplished by the hand of the Lord and His Holy Spirit among the Boda Boda. As this work continues, we prayerfully ask you consider supporting these pastors with prayer and donations as we still need PA systems, tents, and chairs to expand the work of the Kingdom of God.
By the Lord’s provision through those He has called to partner in the work He is doing through our ministries to the Boda Boda in Kenya, we were able to send funds to Pastor Jared Osongo in Kisii town on Saturday, March 10, 2018 for the purchase of our first PA system. This is a significant next step in equipping these pastors in our 4 ministries across Kenya to take the Gospel to all nations.
I do not know firsthand the excitement they may have felt, but I do know how excited I am to see and to know that we are investing in a harvest of souls, with a far greater return than we could ever achieve on Wall Street.
Pastor Jared said he received the money early Saturday morning and immediately went to the local store to get what was needed for their church services, Boda Boda rallies, and community crusades. Since much of Kenya still does not have electricity in their homes, a generator is needed to power the system.
In Pastor Jared’s own words “Today we used the PA system in our church service. Indeed church service today was so touching and moved. May the Lord bless you all abundantly. This PA system will assist us much during our motorcycles Riders rally, crusades, church services and other meetings of expanding God’s word. I say thanks and may the Lord open all the heavenly blessings for all our Riders here in Kenya to get the PA system.”
Our goal is to soon provide PA systems to the remaining ministries in Nakuru, Nyamira, and Bungoma. On hearing of our first PA system purchase, a dear friend of this ministry with a heart for the Kingdom of God, called saying she was sending $1,000.00 to help with the 2nd system.
These ministries were clearly called into existence by the Lord as they are not the result of planning or any thought we, the leadership of Fellowship Riders, had ever imagined. They are an open door for the Gospel to a group of people who are not respected or valued in their society, the Boda Boda.
Come join with what the Lord has begun by donating for the next PA system, and the next, and the next…
1st Kenyan Fellowship Riders Leadership Conference – Nakuru, Kenya: Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
The Lord has brought our 4th ministry in Bungoma County and, together with the priceless assistance of Pastor Michael Kisabuli Masambu in less than a week, organized the 1st Kenyan Fellowship Riders Leadership Conference.
Pastors and leaders of our 4 ministries to the Boda Boda convened Monday morning, Feb. 12 at 7:30AM after those from Bungoma had departed at 12:00AM that morning, others from Nyamira and Kisii at 2:30AM, Pastor Michael from Kimilli, and the host ministry in Nakuru had arrived at the hotel. With a full day of fellowship, teaching, prayer, and planning, the day filled with the Spirit of the Living God concluded around 9PM.
Led by Pastor Michael, these 28 leaders reviewed the God-breathed vision leading to the founding of Fellowship Riders, Code of Conduct, evangelism methods, developed organization and planning goals, and heard from the Scripture concerning their living a life that honors Jesus as Lord, separating themselves from the culture of lawlessness and darkness around them, reflecting the Light of Jesus at all times.
The Boda Boda do not have a good reputation, are often very poor, have sometimes organized into gangs dealing in drugs and prostitution, are increasingly engaged in political violence, and have in some ways become “lepers” to the community. But it is these whom the Lord has chosen to do “a new thing”. Because of their movement throughout wide areas, they are “clay in the Potter’s hand” to be made into a vehicle for the spread of the Good News of salvation through all the land. Continue reading
GOOD SOIL — Matthew 13:8 “Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
The reports from our 3 pastors in Kenya; Pastor Jared in Kisii, Pastor Samuel in Nakuru, and Pastor Davis in Nyamira; are humbling and astounding. These dear pastors are continually telling of the move of the Holy Spirit among their Boda Boda and among the entire community as they have focused on taking the Gospel to this group of people.
To help create an identity among the Boda Boda who have accepted the Lord as their savior and to encourage them in the Lord, we recently sent 35 t-shirts and caps, split among each ministry. Although not nearly enough for every rider, it is our hope that through the help of all who want to share in this ministry, we will soon be able to send enough for all.
“Riders were so excited when I showed them the t-shirts and they hope they will use them in the coming rally”… Pastor Jared.
We ask you pray often for these and that you will contribute to this work of the Lord by making a tax-deductible donation to support the spread of the Gospel in Kenya by clicking on the Donate button. It is our hope that these ministries, who have so little, will “lack for no good thing” and that the Gospel not be restrained for financial reasons. You, your church, your family, your Bible Study, and your employer can help.
By your giving, you will have a part in the testimonies of these you have touched halfway around the world for the cause of Christ.
Rejoice! Again I say, Rejoice! In the months since May 2017 when first asked by Pastor Jared Omweri if Rigena Christian Church could become a Fellowship Riders affiliate, the Lord has been moving quickly and powerfully among the riders in Nyamarambe. The riders, using their motorcycles to carry passengers and cargo, gather in “stations” where people can hire them. It is these stations where Pastor Jared has been meeting riders and inviting them to the rallies (group rides) and Bible Studies he is conducting.
After the 1st rally, several riders asked for Bibles in their language of Kisii, which we were able to provide (riders following along with Pastor Jared in their new Bibles), but more are needed as this ministry is growing rapidly.
Pastor Jared recently reported that at the next rally, his initial group of 8 riders joined with another station for a total of 20 riders participating, and that 3 riders accepted Jesus as Savior. Two other stations have heard of the rallies and have asked Pastor Jared to come preach to them and for them to be included in future rallies.
The first Bible Study for the Boda Boda, with the expectation that only 20 riders would be attending, brought out many of the village people as well as ½ the membership of Rigena Christian Church “with many accepting salvation in Jesus’ Name.” Praise you, Jesus, for You are the Lord of the Harvest.
In his most recent email, Pastor Jared shared that another pastor, living in a village 250Km away, had heard of the work among the Boda Boda and he wants to start a ministry in his church. We will be praying and seeking the Lord’s confirmation for this newest request for another ministry in Kenya.
Adding Praise! on top of Praise!, Pastor Samuel Mbuchi has just received his Starter Kit of Riders Tool Kit, caps, decals, Bike Blessing stickers, and flags. Pastor Samuel has already been working among the Boda Boda in Nakuru, 3rd largest city in Kenya, and had been anxiously waiting for his materials to arrive. Together, we are praying for the Spirit of the Lord to go before him, to fill his mouth with His words, and for the Kingdom of God to be released in Nakuru.
Fellowship Riders humbly asks you join us in praying for this work of the Kingdom and to consider partnering with what the Lord is doing through these He has called to go to the Boda Boda with the Gospel of salvation by donating at https://fellowshipriders.org/about-us/donate/.
Seeing with “spiritual eyes”, Rigena Christian Church sponsored its first group ride for the “Boda Boda”; riders who use their motorcycles to transport passengers and cargo; this past Saturday, September 2. They rode a distance of 50Km and enjoyed a time of fellowship, teaching, and dining together.
Pastor Jared has said that they have 3 more riders who have asked to be included in the next “rally” and the church will be conducting a Bible Study for riders every other Saturday with a ride on alternating Saturdays along with a Youth Camp in December that will include activities for riders in this community-wide event.
From this first gathering, Pastor Jared said that the riders had requested Bibles in Kisii, their native language, as none of them owned their own Bibles. We will be sending money to purchase Bibles in Kisii town, the nearest large city, at a cost of $13.00 each.
Pastor Jared has also asked we send more Fellowship Riders patches, caps, flags, decals, Bike Blessing stickers, and any other materials to help bless these who come and to create a community of riders “Powered by Christ”. How refreshing and exciting it is to see how the Lord is moving among these, our new Brothers and Sisters.
For these whom the Lord has put in our path with little in worldly possessions, yet rich in the things of God, please consider blessing them by clicking Donate Online. One definition of blessing is “God’s provision that allows or helps you do something”.
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