What Role Does Azusa StreetRiders Play in Your Life?

What Role Does Azusa StreetRiders Play in Your Life?

Azusa StreetRiders ministry is many things to many people. For some it’s just an opportunity to ride with like-minded Apostolic christen men and woman, for some it’s an avenue to put the great commission of the Lord Jesus Christ to work. For others it’s simply a chance to serve. Missionaries it’s an opportunity to receive something they might not ever be able to afford in a timely manner, a motorcycle for God’s work. For pastors it can be an extension of the church to reach out for souls they might not otherwise be able to connect with, simply another quiver in their pouch to reach a lost and dying world.

Of course there are many other roles that Azusa StreetRiders ministry plays in people’s lives. That is why we need to make this ministry, ourselves available for service to others whenever and wherever we can. I know schedules are tight; lives are busy whether or not we want them to be. This week alone my heart yearns to have been in Central Missouri for their event and trying every which way next week to get to Omaha, NE. I am still trying to figure out how to put fifteen gallons into a five-gallon bucket, any suggestions? As the Azusa StreetRiders ministry grows and yes we are defiantly growing there are choices that need to be made and time is a valuable commodity. My prayer is all of our membership gets engaged at some level, at some time during our riding season let do the best we can do to support each other’s efforts.

So how do we manage this already packed schedule, our families, church, jobs and honey do’s and yes down time. I wish I knew! I do know that when we commit to an Azusa StreetRiders ministry event it is counted as a sacrifice on behalf of the members that attend and promote these events. Mark my words this is God’s work and he is not slack. We are about our Fathers business when we are a part of either someone else’s event or ours. If you are an Apostolic man or women of God and a member of this ministry regardless of what role Azusa StreetRiders ministry is currently playing in your life you are in the soul reaching business and that job description is all about lost souls via motorcycles.

Our mission if we choose to accept it is to go out in the highways and byways always keeping in mind, what can I do to reach the lost? I suggest start with prayer asking the Lord Jesus Christ for direction after all he knows your schedule better than you do so why not consult with the one that can make it all work our according to his will. Second, wear the Azusa StreetRiders backpatch when you ride, that is a drawing card for so many. I have seen it many times where people will inquire about the backpatch and Azusa Street, it works! We all cannot attend every event, believe me I want to but we can do some. One advantage of a growing ministry like ours is there are more events every year and many which are coming closer to home, get involved when you can, be a part, make a difference.

In closing I want to say it has been a privilege to service this ministry. I have seen the Azusa StreetRiders ministry blossom due to the efforts of this membership and with growth come challenges. In earlier years it was easy to attend all or most of the events because there were only a few but now we have something going on almost weekly especially when you add in unadvertised local chapter rides or events, just local chapters going out ministering where and when they can. I feel this fulfills what Bro & Sis Beall envisioned when they first started this ministry and I give them both honor for allowing this membership to run with the ball. I am also sanctified proud that were doing our best to adhere to Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Even if that is from a motorcycle seat.

 

 

Welcome New Members, May 2021

It’s a privilege to welcome our newest members and a brand new chapter

Pastor Michael & Sis Elizabeth Weedman
Sparta, TN
The Pentecostals of Sparta, Sparta, TN
Pastor Michael Weedman

Pastor Micah & Sis Dawn Turner
Davenport, FL
For the Least of These… Living Waters Ministries
Haines City FL
Pastor Micah Turner

Bro Allen “Lea” & Sis Carolyn Culver
Fairborn, OH
Lifeway Pentecostals of Xenia, Xebia, OH
Pastor Ken Dillingham

Bro Nathan & Sis April Stanley
Rayville, LA
Pentecost Tabernacle, Delhi, LA
Pastor Shane Lester

The NEW Paoli, IN Azusa StreetRiders Chapter:

Pastor Barry & Sis Jenifer Laird
Paoli, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Cecil & Sis Michelle Wininger
Hardinsburg, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Kenneth & Sis Jordan Wilder
Mitchell, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Darren & Sis Barbara Echterling
English, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Carl Echterling
English, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

Bro Thomas & Sis Kelly Jones
Paoli, IN
Paoli UPC Church, Paoli, IN
Pastor Barry Laird

 

Do your fears point you to God?

You’ve heard people say, “Choose faith over fear.” That’s much easier said than done.

But, with God’s help, it can become a reality for you.

My friend Dr. Eugene C. Scott, a pastor, counselor, coach, and accidental expert on fear, has helped thousands of people hear the deeper messages behind their fears and see how listening to your fear can draw you closer to God.

I am happy to share a great resource Eugene created called 5 Unusual Strategies to Help you Manage Your Fear. It is a simple guide that will give you new insight into your fear and its message for you.

Click here to grab Eugene’s ebook and his awesome emails about seeing God in the everyday, including fearful ones. For additional information about the author contact Bro Eugene Scott through his web site: eugenecscott.com

Thank you Sis Julie for including this article in your May’s publication.  Bro Paul & Sis Julie McGhghy are Missionaries to Costa Rica and long time faithful members of the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry. Sis Julie is the Chief Editor of the Confidence in God monthly Apolostic publication and also a contributing author for the Rumblings.  If you wish to receive her Monthly Publication please feel free to contact her anytime  @ julie@confidenceingod.com or click on this link below confidenceingod.com

Where Are We Heading ?

One of the main goals of this current board and myself personally as president has always been to keep the vision of Bro & Sis Beall for the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry alive and well. In continual discussions with the Beall’s I feel we have met and exceeded their heart’s desire in the direction and where this ministry is today. In order to continue with that thread this past week the board, Bro Markham & Bro Earp met in Price, TX for our annual planning session in order to seek the Lord’s direction for this ministry. Also Thank You Bro Hardin for your unselfish service to our ministry, this man is a great asset to this ministry and I for one am glad he is on our team. We spent many hours discussing a variety of issues in order to bring us, what we hope is to the next level in our ministry for the remainder of this year and going into 2022.

First allow me to say to me it is an honor and a privilege to be a member of the Azusa StreetRiders. This is a ministry and we must hold ourselves to a higher standard because were at the front lines in God’s work. This is NO time to deviate from the mandate God has given us, both as a child of God and as a member of the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry of which both mandates are the same:

“And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15

 Thankfully I feel we do just that, I have seen this ministry in action and were anointed and effective in the things we put our hands to. Unfortunately I am not satisfied where were at. Don’t take me wrong I am highly pleased in what we have achieved as a ministry and in the direction were heading but it’s weighing on my mind knowing there is so much more we need to do. The fact is the Lord is coming soon and I want to see as many as the Lord would call to make it into heaven. Folks our time is short.

Therefor going forward the board will be presenting to the membership additional suggestions to the bylaws to help streamline the goals we have set forth. In addition we are developing the means to provide better flow of information for area coordinators, Chaplain’s and local chapters, thanks to Bro Joseph. We also are going to tweak the way in which Azusa StreetRiders Ministry promote events. Starting now Azusa StreetRiders chapters have available to them the full extent of our social media presence on what were calling “Sanctioned Events”

To have an “Sanctioned Event” regardless of the agenda were asking for the following:

  1. Coordinate the event details with Bro Theodore who is the Azusa StreetRiders Event Coordinator so he can be attuned to the details and therefor promote the event to it’s full extent and to assure that the information presented is accurate and current.
  2. The most important new aspect to our events is going to be the newly appointed Event Outreach Coordinator, Bro Clarence Earp. Bro Earp will contact each individual hosting a ride to see what he or she has built into the event for outreach. He is there as a tool to be used to assist with any questions or suggestions you might have.
  3. Contact Bro Markham the Azusa StreetRiders Safety Officer to assure that each event has the correct safety protocols, procures & documentation in order to minimum our exposure in the event something ever happens. I think we all can see the reasoning behind this precaution. I know this only becomes important after someone gets hurt, so let’s not be a victim here OK. (If applicable)

Note: If you’re doing a local chapter ride, just some of the guy’s getting together and do not feel this is pertinent to your particular ride or event there is no need to go to this extent. Its there is you need it.

Let me say this and I hope I ruffle a few feathers here to the point we all go down in prayer to seek the face of the Lord as to what he wants out of us. Folk’s it’s not about the ride, the beautiful scenery or the fellowship. It’s about souls and I feel we need to get into the habit to ride less and minister more. To build into each event the intent to set aside time for one purpose reaching souls. Therefor the board asked Bro Earp to work with Bro Theodore and Bro Markham in order to develop this part of our ministry into a driving force.

There are other goals that were working towards and over the next few months with your permission I would like to share them with you. This ministry for me and I know for many, many of y’all is our heartthrob. This ministry keeps many of us tethered to the church, to each other for the opportunity to minister. For me it has made me a better man of God and I pray it has done the same for my brother’s and sisters of the Azusa StreetRiders.

There is no loss of vision here and when this board was entrusted with this responsibility all of us committed ourselves to keep the faith and stay the course, we are unified to the end. The Buck stops at our desk. In completing two days of prayer and intense leadership planning the result is a clear and decisive direction which again is right in line with the goals and aspirations laid down by our founders, Bro & Sis Beall. We all feel the membership expects the best and that is what we have given.

We appreciate your prayers in our endeavor and that has helped us in the decisions we needed to make. At this point we as a ministry are reaching for the next rung in the ladder before us. We are climbing onto higher uncharted ground here. I feel the membership with be pleased in our direction, some of which will be put into effect immediately, some we’ll be discussing over the next couple of months and some presented at our National Rally.

Fear not my brothers and sisters our primary goal as “The Apostolic” motorcycle ministry of Jesus Christ has not changed were here to reach the lost and do our part that the Lord has entrusted to us, to save lost souls, to minister to the sick, to pray for the discouraged and position ourselves so our pastor’s can count on us. Anything other than that, well we’ll become just a “riding club”.

Sorry not on our watch.

Robert Thompson
President Azusa StreetRiders International
The Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ

Welcome New Members – April 2021

The membership of the Azusa StreetRiders would like to take a moment and welcome each  of you into this exciting One God Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry.
Let’s Make a Difference !

Bro Rick & Sis Haney
Charleston, IL
Apostolic Center Church
Pastor Shine Doughty

Bro Donald & Sis Wallace
Zanesville, OH
The Pentecostals of Zanesville
Pastor Israel Garza

Bro Derick & Sis Crews
Washington, IN
Victory Community Church
Pastor Pete Alldredge

Bro Timothy & Sis Kendra Browers
Washington, IN
Victory Community Church
Pastor Pete Alldredge

Bro Kyle & Sis Mandy Stephens
Washington, IN
Victory Community Church
Pastor Pete Alldredge

Welcome First Quarter New Members of 2021

The membership of the Azusa StreetRiders would like to take a moment and welcome each  of you into this exciting One God Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry.
Let’s Make a Difference !

Connecticut
Rev James & Sis Dee Wiltshire
Newington, CT
The Chapel
Pastor James Wiltshire

Indiana
Bro Alan Dougherty
Shelburn, IN
Well of Life Pentecostal
Pastor Shad Akers

Bro Terry & Sis Pamala Baker
Washington, IN
Victory Community Church
Pastor Pete Aldrich

Bro Steven Stockwell
Shelburn, IN
Well of Life Pentecostal
Pastor Shad Akers

Sis Jacqueline Sell
Bourbon, IN
Calvary Tabernacle
Pastor Richard Maron

Illinois
Bro Tyrone & Sis Tiffany White
Greenfield, IL
Souls Harbor Apostolic Church
Sis Geraldene Dell

OHIO
Sis Rachel & Rev Ben  Robinson
Jeromesville, OH
Wooster Apostolic  Pentecostal Church
Pastor Ben Robinson

Bro Dale Miller
Zanesville, OH
Pentecostals of Zanesville
Pastor Israel Gaza

Sis Joan Miller
Zanesville, OH
Pentecostals of Zanesville
Pastor Israel Gaza

Rev Tony Lehman
Warren, OH
Abundant Grace Church
Pastor Tony Lehman

Sis Julie Lehman
Warren, OH
Abundant Grace Church
Pastor Tony Lehman

Bro Chad & Sis Markita Foster
Niles, OH
Abundant Grace Church
Pastor Tony Lehman

Bro Gregory Foy
Niles, OH
Abundant Grace Church
Pastor Tony Lehman

Sis Rhonda Foy
Niles, OH
Abundant Grace Church
Pastor Tony Lehman


Niles, OH

Tennessee
Bro Brad Carpenter
Maryville, TN
FAC Maryville
Pastor Kenny Carpenter

Sis Rhonda Carpenter
Maryville, TN
FAC Maryville
Pastor Kenny Carpenter

 

Goodbye 2020 Goodbye

Goodbye 2020 Goodbye

Can I get an Amen ! I would venture to say there are several who would offer up a resounding cheer to see this year go. Covid-19 confided to our homes with family concerned for our safety to say the least and even fearful to venture outside at times. The introduction to an entire society for the first time the forced wearing of masks in order not to spread or be spread upon a virus that might kill you or perhaps someone you know, Church’s for the first time being forced to close by government mandates yet auto parts stores are allowed to be opened. Go figure huh ….

An election that is still reeling with rumors of wide base fraud. A government that seems to be out of control on so many fronts that for the first time red blooded Americans question their own resolve about being American. Riots in the streets of many major city’s in America. Our very history of America in question and benchmarks we grew up with torn, down for what seems to be little or no provocation.

Are you discouraged yet ? I would be if this is all the future I had to hold on to. Our lives today, right now and our future are not determined by CNN, ABC or Fox news. Not by Democrats, Republicans or independent’s. Not by Congress, the Senate or the Surgeon General. The Word of God clearly states:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

Now either we believe everything the “Word of God” States or we should believe nothing. We have never been given the option to pick and choose want to wish to hold as divine truth and dismiss what we feel as non applicable to our lives.

We have a future and it’s not here. Were living in the last days, more accurately the last of the last days. For the first time since I can remember being in church more and more of this mind set is being expressed not by radicals standing on a wood box on a street corner but by trusted and respected men of God.

2020 has been a tough year no doubt. Love ones have gone on, but God is in Control! Some are battling Covid-19 right now; fearful of their future but God is in Control! Some have walked away from church unable to handle the challenges 2020 has brought but God is in Control! However on the other hand, Bible studies are still being taught, maybe via Skype or face time but the Bible is being taught, souls are getting the Holy Ghost and the sick are being healed. Yes God is still in Control.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (Psalms 121: 1,2)

I am sanctified proud of the Azusa StreetRiders ministry. We have taken everything this world could throw and yet held our resolve, praying, fasting, teaching, anointing in prayer, supporting each other as best we could and gathering our selves together when we could to minister to souls and to this ministry.

2020 is at our doorstep, in fact writing this article we only have a few more hours. Let’s put behind us the past, I want this ministry to hit the ground running in 2021 starting with Bind the Strong Man. I hope and pray we all in our own and as best we can be a part of this event on March 6th. If you choose not to travel for whatever reason, I understand I only ask you please to set time aside and examine and prepare yourselves for what the Lord has in store for us this coming year.

Time is short folks, there are souls to be saved and it is our only mandate to spread the Word of the Lord. Let’s give Jesus the best we can in 2021 we all know he gave us his best when he hung on a tree for you and me. So stay the Course, Keep the faith; God is Still in Control!

Confidence in God Monthly Blog

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Bro Paul and Sis Julie McGhghy, long time Azusa StreetRiders Members are currently working as Missionaries in Costa Rica since their retirement.  The Lord had laid upon Sis Julie’s heart to put this project together and it’s a wonderful anointed Apostolic Blog with a wide variety of subjects and articles that will encourage and help in your walk with God, such as:

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Welcome New Members in November

Rev Israel & Sis Amanda Garza
Zanesville, OH
The Pentecostals of Zanesville – Zanesville, OH
Pastor Israel Garza

Rev Scott  & Sis Debra MiKesell
Alliance, OH
Calvary Pentecostal Church – Sebring, OH
Pastor Scott MiKesell

Bro Terry Hemmes
Byron Center, MI
Pentecostals of Kentwood – Kentwood, MI
Pastor Jay Jones

Bro Russell & Sis Sherry Parker
Evansville, IN
Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church – Evansville, IN
Pastor James Maroney

Bro David Randolph
Starke, FL
Connect Point Church – Middleburg, FL
Pastor Michael Guerra

Motorcycle for Missionary Funds Hard At Work

If you can remember the Azusa StreetRiders raised $7,500.00 in out Missionary service Thursday night for Brother Scotty Grihm at our Annual Conference in Nashville, IN. I feel this is a great example of how Jesus takes the little that we give and multiplies it for his kingdom.
Here is an update from the field:

We bought it new for $1,175 and gave him n additional $100.The third bike we purchased went to Pastor Abraham our Regional Leader of the Kaikaluru region of Southern India.

Pastor Abraham coordinates all our conferences and events. He hosts our weekly online Bible School class in Kaikaluru, and he is a great support and encouragement to all our Pastors there. He has converted many trinitarian Pastors there who are now with us.

 

This 250 cc is a 2019 in like new condition, and we were able to get it for $1,150.

 

We also bought 2 motorcycles for East Africa that we gave out last in Kenya. (The last one was given at our monthly Pastors meeting today!)
These motorcycles are brand new 100cc TVC’. This is a very popular brand in Kenya.
The first one went to Bishop Rajab Watita. He was a muslim imam. I baptised him last fall. He is our Bishop in the Bungoma region of Western Kenya. He is doing a great work and has baptized several Pastors in Jesus name. I am working very closely with him. He is holding weekly Ministers conferences
and the motorcycle will be a tremendous blessing to him!
The 5th motorcycle was gifted to our Regional Leader Pastor Robert Barasa. He Pastors in Funyula, Kenya. We were able to build a new Church there last year. I don’t have pics yet, but they sent me this video of the dedication and presentation of the bike to Pastor Barasa! Hope you enjoy it