Welcome New Members

Wanted to take a moment to welcome our newest members to the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry

Brother James Baker
of Bristow United Pentecostal Church, Bristow, IN
Pastor Clarence Enmen,

Brother Mark Waltz
of Liberty Tabernacle Church, Whiteland, IN
Pastor Brian Lane

Brother & Sister Shayne Benoit
of F.A.C. Maryville, Maryville, TN
Pastor Kenneth Carpenter

 

It’s What We Do!

How proud we are of our accomplishments and wins!! We all love to be a success in what ever we do. Success should drive us to be the best we can be in both our secular lives and in our walk with God. The question is how do we measure our success!

Our measuring stick and Gods differ in many ways. Our ways are not his ways and I believe that is a great thing! When I don’t understand, he does. When I can’t move in any direction, he makes a way out of thin air! What a wonderful thing to be in the hands of a loving God!

In a few months we will be meeting for our national rally and I wanted to be sure and encourage all of our members to try and be there! Why? So that we can worship the one who has made us a success together! To be able to seek direction and to hear from him!

For those who will be running for office let the Lord direct you and your heart! Remember that it is a sacrifice of love (and money lol) to be able to reach into the lives of this membership and try to be an encouraging voice. It has been a privilege to serve this last year and it still feels like I only just started!

So much to do and so little time! The fields are truly white unto harvest!

Will God be pleased with our success? We can only hope and pray that we hear well done! I believe that if we put our whole heart into this ministry that we are a part of we cannot fail! Our prayer and spirit filled lives will be the difference in a dark world. This who are seeking the Savior are the important contacts that we make! Lord, let our lights shine brightly! Let us do what we do with all of our might and spirit!

Pastor Randy Hennigan

ASR National Vice President

 

Board Nominations for Vice President & Secretary close on June 15

The board is now accepting nominations for the positions of Vice President and Secretary for the elections to be held at the 2018 ASR National Conference in Jefferson, OH.

Nominations for these positions will close on June 15

Anyone wanting to to nominate an individual please send that nomination to:

robert.thompson@azusastreetriders.com

** Pleas contact Bro Robert Thompson via 305-525-4877 either by call or text to confirm the nomination has been received.

The duties for each position is listed below:

To be eligible to be on the Board an Individual “Member” must be a dues-paying “Member” in good standing for at least a period of one year. The term of office shall be two (2) years and elections shall be every year at the annual meeting of AzusaStreetRiders.

To include but not limited to:

Vice-President:

In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall discharge the duties of the President. He shall execute all other such assignments as may be ordered by the Board or President. This shall include presiding at membership meetings and / or Board meetings at the request of the President. Additionally, the Vice-President…

  • a. shall coordinate the efforts of all standing and special committees appointed by the Board and/or the President, and be the liaison between the Board and said committees.
  • b. shall oversee and help implement the vision of the future of ASR.

Secretary:

The Secretary shall be responsible for all books, documents, papers, and records of ASR not otherwise entrusted, temporarily or permanently, to other officers or to standing or special committees. The Secretary is, therefore, custodian of all ministry records. Additionally, the Secretary …

  • a. shall maintain all membership lists, complete with names, addresses, email addresses, church affiliations, etc., pertaining to all current and prospective members.
  • b. shall transcribe all minutes of meetings of ASR and the Board, and shall submit it for approval or amendment at the next meeting thereof.
  • c. when so required, shall conduct the general correspondence of ASR.
  • d. shall with the President, attest and seal all duly authorized and approved contracts of ASR and keep copies thereof in the corporate files.
  • e. shall execute all other such assignments as may be ordered by the Board or President.
  • f. at the expiration of the term of office, shall deliver to his successor the seal and all ASR books and papers in possession.

BIG NEWS about ASR website!

Dear Azusa StreetRiders (and friends):

Very soon the ASR ministry will unveil a newly remodeled (actually rebuilt from the ground up) main ASR website (and online store). Starting now, you can already use our two main Facebook groups (see links below) to discuss all things ASR and especially anything related to ministry to lost souls. Please note: the newly rebuilt website will no longer have a built-in forum nor be designed “primarily” to facilitate discussion. It will be possible to “comment” on its public posts, but other than that, even after the new site is unveiled, dialogue will continue to be facilitated by the Facebook groups (see the following links). The ASR national board did not make such a decision lightly, and beneath the following links, I will explain why the decision was called for.

CHAT WITH ASR ON FACEBOOK!

ASR & Friends Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASR.Friends.Group/

ASR Official Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASR.Discussion.Group/

Technology applications can often be like “shifting sand” — certain choices, though well intentioned, can fail at being foundation-worthy for the long haul.  Finding a technology setup that can whether the tests of time is a challenge.

I’m Pastor Doug Joseph. I am an ASR and I serve in a completely volunteer capacity as the main administrator behind the most recent ASR websites and mobile apps.

Back when I was first approached by ASR Founder, Fred Beall, about taking over as volunteer web admin, ASR’s technical needs constituted a tall order. Because the needs were quite complex, it greatly limited our choices of what platforms could serve well or even halfway decently. I selected the best platform I could find that had the capability to meet all the complex needs, or at least be extendable so as to meet all the complex needs — as well as possible at the time.

Things were done right at the start of our ASR website, and the site served quite well for a time. However, after literally tens of thousands of fake “spam-bot” accounts were created on our site, and none of the anti-bot, anti-spam tools at our disposal proved effective, we had to change the site’s policy for new accounts over to an invitation-only setup. That was certainly less than ideal.

Also, over time, the software platform we had selected fell further and further behind the “state of the art” when it came to its CMS (content management system) features. Even at the time I selected it, the CMS features were crude. And as modern CMS products, including wonderful, free, open-source platforms such as WordPress, were providing better and better tools, such as easy, drag-and-drop, button-click simplicity, with “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” convenience, the archaic CMS features of the platform we were using, proved very limiting.

The ASR ministry had also, through me, hired an app-coder (who specialized in our selected platform) to create ASR mobile apps (both iOS and Android). However, as time went by, Apple’s deliberately frustrating policies — which are designed to intentionally force a cycle of obsolescence onto apps that have nothing internally wrong with them, forced our iOS app onto the ash heap of “unusable” apps. iPhone users beyond a certain generation of the iOS (operating system) found themselves blocked from using our ASR mobile app on their phone. Apple’s policies insisted we have a developer update the code and recompile the deliverable as a newer version. Without a site we felt comfortable with, and with our platform falling further and further behind, we did not pursue recompiling the app.

I was probably the last one to admit we needed to overhaul the site, due to two understandable reasons: (1) Because of all the major investment of hours and hard work I had put into the site, I naturally had a bit of emotional investment that made me more blind to the creeping shortcomings. (2) Because I knew how tall of an order the ASR’s complex needs were, I did not know of any better solution. This fact made me unable to consider an overhaul, as I did not know a way to do one successfully.

It was our former president, the original founder of the ASR ministry, Brother Fred Beall, that astutely suggested we consider lightening the load, by reducing the requirements, through moving the discussion forum off site. That one spark of genius was enough to help me reorient my thinking.

Many organizations I know, including some non-profits, use a similar setup: leave the dialogue/forum features to an off-site platform such as Facebook, and then concentrate on what remains, on the main “proprietary” site. After much deliberation, this is the approach the ASR national board has voted to take. I serve at their pleasure, and even though the vote means a mountain of work for me, I am in favor of the change. I think I can say on behalf of the board (and please note I am not a national officer): “We hope you understand why the changes were needed, and we pray you are blessed by the new site, and will join us on the Facebook groups for ongoing ASR discussion!”

Spring is in the Air

I greet all of you in the name of Jesus Christ. I pray this month’s edition of Rumbling’s finds each and every one of you spiritually sound and in good health. I would like to thank all of you for your prayers for me over the last month today is the best I have felt in several weeks and I give God all the glory.

Well Spring is in the air and for many that implies the start of the 2018 riding season. We already have several activities in play on the web site and FB. First let me say if your planning an ASR event please get it up on the web or FB for all to see, you never know who might show up. In addition let me encourage everyone to please partake in at least one or two scheduled ASR event sponsored by our different chapters.

As many of you know a lot of time, effort and money goes into these events and we need to do our best to support the ASR events we can. I know we cannot attend them all and I also know it might be a sacrifice but the time and effort will be worth it. To be honest several of our members try to attend, as many as they can. Sometimes not even letting them know their going to be there only to see the surprise and joy in sponsors faces when they pull up. The reason is they know that person made the effort and yes it can be an effort, but the fellowship and your support is worth it all.

I for one have been on the receiving end when I have held an event and had a great turnout you know what forgive my pride Lord but it felt good that so many sacrificed just to support something we were attempting to do. And it goes both ways I have also experienced if you support someone else’s event than chances are when you hold one many of those same chapters that you attended will attend yours. That kind of how it works.

In conclusion I would like to ask all our chapters that already have or are planning an event. We must be about our Father’s business. So I would like to see in every event time set aside for outreach of some sort. We must remember what were all about and that is doing our part to help save lost souls. If we do not build in that opportunity for focused outreach than well it’s just a day ride. There is nothing wrong with that however I would like us to be more aware than that. It’s fine pulling into a gas station or restaurant and having someone ask about our back patch, that is what it’s there for. What I am asking is deliberate seeking for lost souls. I’m not talking hours but if we can set aside a fifteen minutes to maybe a half hour to hand out a few tracks and maybe a one on one, you never know where that leads. This is our mission field let’s work it the best we can.

Let’s Make America Great Again. God Bless America and God bless you and yours.

Robert Thompson
President Azusa StreetRiders International
The Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ
email: robert.thompson@AzusaStreetRiders.com
Home: 865-376-0045
Cell: 305-525-4877

Nominations are now being accepted

The board is now accepting nominations for the positions of Vice President and Secretary for the elections to be held at the The 2018 National Conference in Jefferson, OH.

Nominations for these positions will end on June 15th

Anyone wanting to to nominate an individual pease send that nomination to

robert.thompson@azusastreetriders.com

** Pleas contact Bro Robert via 305-525-4877 either by call or text to confirm the nomination has been received.

The duties for each position is listed below:

To be eligible to be on the Board an Individual “Member” must be a dues-paying “Member” in good standing for at least a period of one year. The term of office shall be two (2) years and elections shall be every year at the annual meeting of AzusaStreetRiders.

To include but not limited to:

Vice-President: In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall discharge the duties of the President. He shall execute all other such assignments as may be ordered by the Board or President. This shall include presiding at membership
meetings and/or Board meetings at the request of the President. Additionally, the Vice-President…

a. shall coordinate the efforts of all standing and special committees appointed by the

Board and/or the President, and be the liaison between the Board and said committees.

b. shall oversee and help implement the vision of the future of ASR.

Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for all books, documents, papers, and records of ASR not otherwise entrusted, temporarily or permanently, to other officers or to standing or special committees. The Secretary is, therefore, custodian of all ministry records. Additionally, the Secretary …

a. shall maintain all membership lists, complete with names, addresses, email addresses, church affiliations, etc., pertaining to all current and prospective members.

b. shall transcribe all minutes of meetings of ASR and the Board, and shall submit it for approval or amendment at the next meeting thereof.

c. when so required, shall conduct the general correspondence of ASR.

d. shall with the President, attest and seal all duly authorized and approved contracts of ASR and keep copies thereof in the corporate files.

e. shall execute all other such assignments as may be ordered by the Board or President.

f. at the expiration of the term of office, shall deliver to his successor the seal and all ASR books and papers in possession.

State Watch

California
A.B. 2972 would prohibit law enforcement officers from stopping motorcyclist based on the fact that a person rides a motorcycle or motorcycle club related clothing  without any individualized suspicion. The AMA supports this bill, which is keeping with organizations position statement on motorcyclist profiling. Also A.B. 1874 would end the transfer of funds by the state taken from the off Highway Vehicle Trust Fund to the General Fund. Currently, state law requires the Controller to transfer $833,000 a month.

Hawaii
H.B. 1749 would require all operators and passengers of motorcycles and bicycles to wear helmets. Current state law requires riders and passengers younger than 18 to wear helmets.

Nevada
A.B. 261 which took effect this year, closes a loophole that allows adults to continue to obtain learner permits, rather than move on to a full motorcycle endorsement on their drivers licenses. Under the new law, the permit expires after six months and may be renewed no more than once. And the applicant may not reapply for another permit for five years.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

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