Goodbye 2022 Goodbye !

2022 is now in our rear mirror and I am for one am already looking forward to another great year in 2023 for the Azusa StreetRiders ministry. Needless to say, it’s been a precarious year for many of and this ministry, some good and some bad however all in all we have been blessed and have been a blessing to so many. In this year we has seen soul saved, baptized in Jesus name for the first time and filled with the Holy Ghost, we have experienced people healed by the power of God and we have prayed for many, many sick and hurting people. We have ministered to those in need, including each other. We do all of this for the glory of God and it’s my prayer moving into this next year that we continue to do so.

We have lost a dear member this year whom was loved by many. Bro Norman (Roadkill) Knight. A long-standing active member of the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry. Bro Norm, you will be missed!

In 2022 we have again broken our own record for Motorcycles for Missionaries fundraising this year with a total offering being $31,625.00. I would like to thank each and every one of our members and supporters that gave so much that so many can be blessed. Only in eternity will we know the effect of what has been done this year by this ministry. I would also like to thank Bro Chuck Austin and Bro Terry Metheny, their respective chapters and all those that supported Motorcycles of Missionaries by purchasing raffle tickets. Between the two drawings they were able to raise $11,460.00. That was a Great Idea guys.  I know that Justin Lehman and Bro Clarence Earp also thank you. Bro Tom Thompson thank you for giving Bro Earp the Harley Softtail, just in case there was anyone unaware Bro Tom actually won the drawing for the Bike and gave Bro Clarence Earp his winnings, very generous act on Bro Tom’s part.

Recipients this year of a motorcycles for missionaries is as follows:

UPCI Global Missions:

Africa Region – $16,650
Zimbabwe – Missionary Mike Long
3 motorcycles needed at $1,600/each = $4,800

South Africa – Missionary Nicky Sisco
3 motorcycles needed at $1,500/each = $4,500

Democratic Republic Of Congo – Missionary Nicky Sisco
2 motorcycles needed at $1,600/each = $4,800

TOGO – Missionary Ken Cantrell
3 motorcycles needed at $850/each = $2,550

Asia Region – $5,500
Golden Triangle (Myanmar)
– These bikes are purchased new in Thailand and brought across the border to Myanmar.
Missionary: Lynden Shalm, Golden Triangle; Supervising Pastor and Main Contact:  G.T. Robert
1 motorcycle needed at $1,700 (Honda 125cc)
2 motorcycles needed at $1,900 each = $3,800 (Honda 150cc) = Total:  $5,500

$23,865 total gift and a love offering of $1,715 for the UPCI Global Missions Department

ALJC World Missions Department

South Africa
Bro Randy Watts – $4,000

Philippines
Bro Mark Naimy – $2.600

$6,600 total gift plus a love offering of $600 for the ALJC Foreign Missions Department

Our “Bind the Strongman” Prayer Conference is all set for March 3rd and Bro Theodore has done an excellent job promoting our first event of 2023. Let me encourage everyone to be a part of this kickoff event I know for some it may be a long distance to get to one of the “Bind the Strongman’s” posted location that we have. If that’s the case join with others in your local area, set this time aside for prayer perhaps at your local church or in your home. The location doesn’t matter it’s the participation that makes the difference.

Moving forward I just want to say that I would really like to see 2023 to be a banner year for our ministry. There’s no doubt that the Lord is coming soon and all of us need to be about our fathers work and that work is to spread the gospel to every man, woman and child that we come in contact with. I would ask as I have in the past any Azusa StreetRiders event scheduled in 2023 that we build in some kind of an outreach in order to witness to lost souls. They don’t necessarily have to be bikers all they have to be is loss or discouraged. We reach for the lost and always have a kind word of encouragement for those who have little or no hope, this is what were about, this is Azusa StreetRiders Ministry.

In addition, I would like us to look inward to those within and associated with this ministry that need this fellowship, need our words of encouragement and strength that comes when “iron sharpens iron”. I will be transparent there have been times when my discouragement has faded because of a “good word” from a fellow Azusa StreetRider member. A brother or sister that through his/her personal ministry the Lord moved upon just to call me, out of the blue with a word of encouragement and advise, especially this year especially right now. This ministry is unique, our membership is unique and I have had a hard time finding a ministry quite like this anywhere “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people… “Yes let’s reach the lost, encourage the downtrodden but also let’s be a blessing and an encouragement to each other and the Bible teaches that right along with Acts 2:38 Let’s not seek the whole world and lose one of our own …..

In closing I wish to extend a safe and Happy New Years to all of you may the Lord Bless and keep you and yours. Keep the Faith, Stay the Course, look up he’s coming soon!

 

2023 National Rally – Maryville, TN


I wanted to present a tentative schedule in order to wet your appetite for the 2023 Azusa StreetRiders National Rally held this year at FAC Maryville, TN
Music by none other than our own apostolic recording artist Pastor Mark Condon

Wednesday, August 2nd:

Midweek service followed by food and fellowship in the FAC Pavilion Center at the rear of the church.

Thursday, August 3rd:
“Tail of the Dragon” & “Cherohala Skyway”
Lunch will be served

Azusa StreetRiders Motorcycles for Missionaries service speaker Bro Bruce HowellDinner at the FAC Pavilion Center

Thursday Night Speaker:
Bro Bruce Howell –
UPCI Director of Global Missions & former missionary to El Salvador

  • Thursday’s Ride

Friday, August 5th:
Destination TBA at this time

Lunch will be served

Azusa StreetRiders Motorcycle Ministry Friday night Evangelistic & Outreach service speaker

Pastor Kenny Carpenter

Dinner in the Pavilion Center

Friday Night  speaker:
Pastor Kenny Carpenter –
ALJC General Superintendent & FAC Pastor  Maryville, TN

Saturday, August 6th:
Azusa StreetRiders annual members meeting
Lunch immediately following
Afternoon ride

Times, hotels, costs and other information to follow.

Resolution or Resolve?

Every year, people around the world make New Year’s resolutions to reach their goals, improve their health, and better their lives. Many people are successful at keeping their resolutions, while many others fail. In fact, statistics show that only 9-12% of people who make New Years resolutions are successful in keeping them. They are resolving that next year will be the year they finish that diet, the year that they finish that project, or that they finally do what they’ve been putting off for so long, when, in reality, their resolutions often make it no further than January before they are forgotten or pushed aside. Sadly, there are often things in our walk with God that share the same fate as those resolutions. Are there things that we set out to do in the kingdom of God, but somewhere along the way, they were pushed aside for other things that take precedence? What would my statistic be? Did I do everything I could to witness to the lost, or did I relax a little and not pursue my purpose and calling? Did I place the things of God in high priority, or did the cares of life overshadow them? Did I come to the house of God to worship with everything I had to offer, or did I come out of habit or routine? Did I look at that vile sinner in disgust and condemnation, or did my heart break at the fact that they were lost?

A RESOLUTION is defined as a decision to do or not do something.

RESOLVE is defined as firm determination to do something.

As we enter the year 2023, let us be prayerfully mindful of the day in which we live, and the soon coming of Jesus Christ. We have no time to waste on resolutions that may fail, but we need a burning resolve down in our hearts to grab onto the heart of Jesus, and go after those that He shed His blood for.

“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬-‭14‬ ‭

Jeremiah Hayes                                                          Vice President                                                           Azusa Streetriders International

For Our Membership

I meant to post this last month  from a friend of ours and church member.  Spot on for our membership.

From Abi Werle

Yesterday Simon read me a passage from the book of Ezra. One scripture stuck out to me and I drew a conclusion about what it meant and was excited to share my thoughts. But Ezra is a whole book and I was not overly familiar with it. So since I didn’t know the whole story, I asked Simon to tell me about the book before I shared my thoughts. Turns out once I knew the whole story, I realized that the conclusion I originally came to was incorrect. Not only was I wrong, but the meaning of the passage was almost the opposite of what I had been thinking!
Now, I could easily turn this story into a bible study, but today I really want to turn it into a people study. So stay tuned!
As humans we have a tendency to stubbornly adhere to our first belief about something or someone. We also look for evidence to confirm our beliefs and ignore anything that disproves them. In psychology those tendencies are known as belief perserverence and confirmation bias.
Why am I saying all this? Because it is absolutely vital to recognize when you don’t know the whole story. We often take more pride in our judgements of others than we do in having mercy. If we step back and recognize that we may not know the whole story, we can hopefully realize that we don’t have enough information to make an accurate judgement. We can choose to disregard our negative beliefs and err on the side of grace.
So next time you hear a passage about someone elses life, remember, you do not know the whole story. You may have heard an excerpt, but there may be other perspectives or details you still dont know.
Let’s go a step further with my story. What if I had decided to share my false conclusions with the world? People probably would have believed me because it was exciting stuff. Now we have a bunch of people out there with a belief about the book of Ezra that is completely wrong. They’re out there making disciples and sharing their inaccurate version of the story and the problem just multiplies.
Isn’t that how gossip works?!?!! Gossip is toxic and dangerous for so many reasons, but a big one is that you may not be hearing the whole story and the whole story will probably impact how you see that single passage.
I feel like I need to drive this whole diatribe home in some eloquent and effective way so here goes…don’t make judgements of others and don’t participate in gossip because one passage of the story never gives you the whole story – you just dont know what you dont know.

 

From The Desk Of Clarence Earp

A Letter from the heart of Clarence Earp

I would like to thank all of my brothers and sisters in ASR. Who have stood behind me and with us. As we walk through the darkness of this trail of cancer. There have been times when I have been overwhelmed. Both with trail and heartache. And with the love and blessings of God. And my brothers and sisters in ASR. It is with excitement and joy. That I tell you today that my wife sister Earp is cancer free praise God.God has healed her. Once again our great God has heard your prayers.Thank you all my ASR family from the bottom of my heart. And my God richly bless those who have helped out financial assistance in this time of trial.                                                                                                                                                     We love you all,                                                                                                                                                            Brother and Sister Earp

 

Being Apostolic in a Motorcycle World

Greetings to All Azusa StreetRiders and friends, in the Name of Jesus!

It’s no secret that Azusa StreetRiders has been under attack for a while. This article is to address that “elephant in our midst” and to assure everyone that we have now turned the corner and are moving forward with God’s help!

As most people know, Azusa StreetRiders was formed to be a “Oneness Apostolic” motorcycle ministry. Prior to its formation, Diane and I searched hard to find a such ministry to join and use for Apostolic outreach. We couldn’t find any semblance of a motorcycle ministry that embraced those two words, the cornerstone of our beliefs in Jesus—“Oneness” and “Apostolic.” Although many so-called motorcycle ministries professed to be Apostolic, all revealed themselves to be Trinitarian. And, as has been said time and again, of over 700 motorcycle ministries and Christian motorcycle clubs we identified, none were Oneness. Thus, the God-inspired passion to start Azusa StreetRiders consumed us and The Oneness Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ was born,

After much prayer and with encouragement from others, we started ASR in 1999. It was very difficult in the beginning because many pastors saw motorcycle riders through the lens of the ‘60s movie Easy Rider. But much had changed since that time and motorcycling was becoming more mainstream. In fact, many churches had members and even pastors who rode both regularly and recreationally. Over the years and through ASR, we’ve been blessed to visit hundreds of Apostolic churches and conferences simply trying to change pastors’ perceptions about motorcycles and about using them as simply another tool for Apostolic outreach. It’s been an uphill and often complicated battle, but through it all God has given us favor! With members now in over 30 US states and around the world, and with over 100 motorcycles we’ve provided to foreign Oneness Apostolic missionaries, ASR’s Oneness Apostolic presence is now known. But more importantly, our “mission” in now known.

Almost anyone can ride a motorcycle, put on a backpatch, and attend riding events, but what about outreach? Any ASR Member who wears his backpatch regularly when riding can tell you that it being emblazoned with “Acts 2:38” is a door opener. People actually stop and ask questions about our faith or our ministry. Opened doors lead to conversations, to friendships and relationships. It’s then that our lives are scrutinized and if they see Jesus in us, we might then win a soul. Remember, “he that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).

ASR is somewhat like a church in that there will always be disgruntled individuals that want to run things their own way. As with churches, people will come and go in our ministry. It’s sad, but it happens and we must keep the faith and move in the direction that God leads us. In the past, there have been two efforts (of which I am aware) by former members of ASR to breakaway and start their own ministries. First, in Louisiana, there was a member who visited Myrtle Beach on two occasions with his wife during Bike Weeks when we were feeding literally thousands of bikers free lunches and dinners. They were a tremendous help but he didn’t like the fact that we taught against entering bars where the 1%ers were hanging out. There were other issues, but this was his main one. He formed another “Apostolic” motorcycle ministry but it fizzled. Likewise, a few years ago, in south Florida, another member didn’t like our “direction” and left us to start another “Apostolic” ministry. Despite his hard work to get it going, it, too, collapsed. In addition to these two, what I call, “serious efforts” to form motorcycle ministries, there have been a number of ASR members leave us for a variety of reasons—we were either too liberal or too conservative. Just as with churches, unfortunately you can’t please everyone! We must strive to please God!

Whatever we in ASR do, we must be humble and let Jesus be our example. We’ve lost people that we love dearly, and it hurts! We’ve been falsely accused of not wanting to do outreach to 1%ers, which is absurd, as this ministry is totally based on outreach to all. At no point has anyone been asked not to reach out to anyone, including 1%ers. Pray for all members, present or past, that God leads and that we/they follow that leading.


We must be Apostolic to gain Apostolic followers and to help others become truly Apostolic. To do so, we should use whatever tools are available and lawful (see 1 Corinthians 10:23) to reach new souls. This does not mean, as some would have you believe, that we have to “join them to win them.” Don’t get me wrong, we believe in getting involved with rides, toy runs, and charity events, etc. sponsored by Trinitarian motorcycle ministries, local churches, and even 1% clubs. Our presence at such events is essential in getting them to know us. But we still need to be “separate” (see 2 Corinthians 6:17). We do this by attending events, participating in rides, and witnessing to those present, but not by embracing the world. Don’t let anyone take Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 9:22, “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some,” out of context. Paul did not become a drunkard or visit their bars to win a drunkard!

ASR members should be sanctified, set apart for a holy work (see 1 Corinthians 6:11). For example, charity rides often start at one bar and end at another. Yes, we should go on the ride! But stay outdoors and fellowship. This is easily done before the ride starts—mingle with the crowd outside where most gather to look at the bikes. Go on the ride and when it ends at another bar, simply make additional contacts outside and say your good-bys. This gains respect, as we’ve been told by 1%ers, as they don’t want to feel “condemned” by our presence while they drink and party. No need to criticize or condemn anyone or to even tell people why you’re not staying. One of the biggest turn-offs is to appear “holier than thou,” especially in a world where most everyone considers themselves to be “Christian.” Doing so destroys your witness! Use wisdom. Go to “see and be seen” while offering friendship. Don’t let your “good be evil spoken of.” You’ll have accomplished the intended “outreach” goal and if you exchanged names and numbers of those you had a connection with, it gives you a possibility to speak again; maybe an invitation to meet up a future ride, a meal, or a special event at your church. Build relationships. (see Proverbs 18:24)

If we continue in this Apostolic direction, God will continue to give us favor. Our successes have been recognized and championed by leaders of the world’s largest Oneness Apostolic organizations. Remember, we’ve had the General Superintendents of both the UPCI and ALJC preach our ASR National Rallies! Those and other Oneness Apostolic organizations have even allowed us to have display booths at their conferences to let their attendees know what Azusa StreetRiders is about. So, we must be doing something right. We know the conservative (by the world’s standards) beliefs of international leadership in Oneness Apostolic organizations and, by extension, of most churches under their guidance. If we expect to keep their favor, which translates into new members and support, we must present ourselves accordingly.

Diane and I would like to thank you for standing with us during these tumultuous times. The final nail in ASR’s coffin would be for us to be like the world. As true Apostolics, we must be Christlike. It’s not hard being Apostolic in a motorcycle world. It just takes determination. Azusa StreetRiders around the globe have proved this time and again. Let’s be Apostolic inside and out, from head to toe, and let’s do what Jesus commissioned us to do… Go, win souls, and baptize them in His Name!

Thank you for your support and love, God bless…

Fred Beall
Myrtle Beach (SC) Chapter of ASR

Global Missions

A Letter From The Howell Family. thanking ASR in the giving and Contributions towards building a Day School in El Salvador In Memory of Sister Howell.

 

Welcome Now Members and a Couple of Older Ones

I need to apologize to brother and sister Zerbe from the Solid Rock Worship Center Chapter in Cedar Springs, MI They had a  couple of members  join back in September and for some reason I missed them in our welcoming New Members message so at this time I would like to welcome Bro D. Kevin Willis and Bro Chance Willis to the Azusa StreetRiders from Traverse City Michigan.
Welcome (Old) Members were glad to have you part of the greatest apostolic motorcycle ministry anywhere.

Going forward if anyone has pictures of the patch ceremony or even pictures of our new members please send them and we will do our best to get them posted on the Rumblins.