Leeds' Cedar Grove to launch F.A.I.T.H. Riders chaptercomment (0)
August 25, 2011
By Brian Blackwell
Ron Burleson’s motorcycle drove him to salvation in Jesus Christ.
After spending many years drinking alcohol, Burleson said the moment he began riding his motorcycle in 2005 was the day he traded the bottle for the Bible. And from that point forward, he said, his life has never been the same.
“When I returned to riding motorcycles after stopping riding for a long time and quit drinking, that was part of God’s plan for me,” Burleson said. “The F.A.I.T.H. Riders are something else that God has in store for my life. I couldn’t be more excited for what the future holds for myself and this ministry.”
In a few weeks, he and about a dozen other Christian motorcycle enthusiasts at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Leeds, will celebrate the launch of their F.A.I.T.H. Riders chapter. A dedication service is planned during the church’s 10 a.m. service Sept. 4.
This will be Alabama’s 13th chapter of the motorcycle ministry, which has chapters in 21 other states.
Burleson said while each chapter operates independently, the welcoming atmosphere he’s witnessed when being around other chapters is one thing that led him to start one at Cedar Grove Baptist.
“No matter where I see F.A.I.T.H. Riders, it’s like they’ve welcomed me with open arms,” Burleson said. “They’re like a church family away from church.”
Wilsonville Baptist Church’s chapter has enjoyed several years of reaching out with activities like a monthly bike night, featuring food, entertainment and motorcycle rides during which the approximately 15 members distribute evangelistic tracts.
“The Lord has used our ministry as tools to lead people to Him and plant many seeds as well,” Director Jeff Smith said.
Like the Wilsonville Baptist chapter, the chapter of Camp Ground Baptist Church, Ozark, participates in a wide variety of ministry efforts, including a monthly bike night and two annual bike rides that benefit a local charity.
“There is a special place for all of us to share God’s Word,” said Stephanie Tyre, one of about 10 active members of the Camp Ground Baptist chapter. “I think God put us on motorcycles to share with other bikers.
“I like to watch people read our Christian patches on our vests and realize we are just like them with the love of bikes and we praise God doing it,” Tyre continued. “Most bikers respect other bikers and the organization they represent, Christian or not. We are trying to get one biker at a time to come to love Jesus and what He has done for us.”
For more information about Alabama chapters, visit http://faithriders.com/chapters.html.
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