Praise the Lord all hope all is well with everyone. It has been a busy ASR traveling month in September and coming up in October for me. I can’t believe we are winding down with events. I look forward to these events. With that said, now is a good time to start your planning for your 2024 events. The board has been busy adding a few more state coordinators.
Don Wallace– Ohio
Austin Seaton– Illinois
Todd Colosimo –South Carolina
Johnny Carr –Louisiana
The board has also been busy selecting regions for 2024 Bind The Strong Man. We we will have those locations set for you next month. So you can start planning on attending one of the BTSM locations.
Also, Brother Jeremiah Hayes and Brother Scott Culver are working together to add more state and regional Chaplains for us.
I will ask that you continue to pray for this board as we move forward. We are so excited to see what the Lord has for us in 2024.
Lastly, I want to thank all the chapters. All the membership with the awesome giving towards Motorcycles for Missionaries. We are able to purchase 15 motorcycles this year. Thank you, Tom Harding, for your hard work with this. Thank you, Robert Thompson, for seeing this, though. The total amount was $25,850. Thank you all. May the Lord truly bless you.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Psalm 51:17 KJV
There is a popular term used in the movie industry, mostly in action movies, where someone is shot or cut, and they make the statement, it’s only a flesh wound. It’s often not taken too seriously, and the hero of the movie is often able to continue his or her heroics within minutes of being wounded. Most times, a flesh wound doesn’t bring death, just some minor discomfort.
Some years ago, I went down on my bike on a two lane country road. I had just left work, and was out on a ride with my dad, wearing only my work uniform, when suddenly, in a right hand turn, my throttle grip came off the handlebar, causing my weight to shift, and down I went. They say it’s not the fall that hurts, just the sudden stop at the end. After jumping to my feet once I stopped sliding and rolling, the pain from the abundance of road rash became very prevalent. I thought that was the worst of it, until the nurse began to clean and disinfect the wound. Despite the discomfort from the disinfecting process, it was necessary to prevent infection.
In 1 Corinthians 15:31, Paul said, I die daily, meaning, he had to die out to his flesh every day. He had to place his flesh in subjection to Spirit of God. His fleshly desires and will did not live through that repentant moment, but it was a fatal blow to his flesh. Sometimes, we get too comfortable with skin deep repentance. When we get down in repentance, we become satisfied with a “flesh wound” moment. The flesh might get wounded, but it’s not fatal, and it lives to fight another day. “Now I lay me down to sleep” does nothing for the evils of this flesh. We have to crucify it and bring it under subjection to the Spirit of God. The flesh will say, it’s ok to do everything the world is doing. The flesh will say, it’s ok to live any way you want to, except on church night. The Word of God, says, come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.
Can we trade in our “road rash repentance”, for a sincere, heartfelt, repentance that will bring certain death to this flesh? Can we follow Paul’s example, and make this flesh die out every day? I will strive to do so, and I hope you will to.
We have not cracked the surface of what God desires to do through this ministry. I once heard a minister say, the fire of God still falls on wet altars. If Elijah could call down the fire of God on a water soaked altar on Mt Carmel, imagine what could happen when the Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ makes the declaration, that my flesh will not dictate my future. My flesh will not be dominant in my life, and the altar is soaked from the tears of a people who decided that “road rash repentance” was no longer an option, but they would crucify this flesh until it was fatal so the will of God could be accomplished in their world! Lord, let Your fire fall on this ministry like never before, so we can change our world, one mile at a time.
God bless you all in Jesus Name!
Jeremiah Hayes (Bullfrog)
Azusa Streetriders International
16 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. 3 And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thine hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face. 7 And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai’s maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands. 10 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. 11 And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. 12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.13 And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? 14 Wherefore the well was called Beerlahairoi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered. 15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
Sometimes we are powerless because of our situations in life. We may be in a situation where other people have power over us. We may feel that we are trapped by the demands of others and that there’s no way to please them all. It’s a double bind: To please one is to disappoint another. Sometimes when we feel stuck or frustrated with our relationships, we look for a measure of control by escaping through addictive behaviors.
Hagar is a picture of powerlessness. She had no rights. As a girl, she was a servant to Sarai and Abram. When they were upset because Sarai could not bear children, Hagar was given to Abram as a surrogate. When she did become pregnant, as they had wanted, Sarai was so jealous that she beat Hagar, and Hagar ran away. All alone out in the wilderness, she was met by an angel who gave her an amazing message: “Return to thy mistress and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.” (Genesis 16:9-11).
When we are caught in no win situations, it’s tempting to run away through our addictive/compulsive escape hatches. At times like these God is there, and he is listening to our woes. We need to learn to express our pain to God instead of just trying to escape it. He hears our cries and is willing to give us hope for the future.
Genesis 16: 1-4 Since God’s promise of a child had been given, about two years had passed without anything happening. Sometimes the hardest part of recovery is waiting. Here Abram and Sarai show us what not to do when things don’t progress as quickly as we might hope. Rather than accept God’s timing, they took matters into their own hands. They assigned a servant girl, Hagar, to be a surrogate mother to Abrams’s son. This “solution” has been a source of conflict to this day. Abram’s descendants through Hagar are the Arab nations whose conflicts with the Jews keep the Middle East in constant Turmoil.
Genesis 16:7-13 When Hagar could not help herself and recognized her powerlessness over her situation the angel of the Lord came and ministered to her. Until we recognize that our situation is hopeless without outside help, God waits and does not help us. But when we are ready to admit our need and cry out to him, he is ready to step in.
Even though my Ministry is focused on Addiction and recovery, this can help anyone in need of assistance with Mental Health or Substance use issues. This lesson can be linked to any aspect of our lives where we struggle and attempt to fix things ourselves. When we are struggling in any situation, we must realize that we are powerless over our flesh and turning to God is the answer to our struggles.
Azusa Streetriders International
A total of 997km journey, reached and Marked the Philippines highest highway system. The ASR Team with 7 determined riders took off from manila to Baguio city for a promotional invitation of UPC National World Mission Director Pastor Jimmy Sulit.
In an instant we saw our selves singing in the front of the E summit delegates while they taking their lunch.. thank you for the talented members of ASR Philippines. Great response from the attendees and crowded with inquiries how to join the ASR.
Thank you to our instant singers
Sir Jun Fabro, Sis Gev Fabro, Ptra Liezel Elardo singing “Dakilang katapatan” and the musicians who eveready to play the instruments for the Glory of God!
Ptr Denz our Drummer
Bro Jermiah Lazona Bassist
And yours truly as pianist.
After the event the team stayed in UPC Baguio courtesy of Rev Eugene Banez, a comfortable bed for us to prepare our body for the next mission. thank you Ptr Eugene!
We reached the top at 11am. What refreshing scenery! Beholding the wonders of nature and the amazing creations of God!
We continue our journey to Sagada spanning the Halsema high way” categorized as one of the most dangerous highway in the world” And thank God we’ve made it we arrived in one piece! We reached Sagada town at 5:30pm .. Another milestone as rider of ASR Philippines
At 7pm we still determined to reach our next mission in UPC Aglipay and UPC Maddela.. at exactly 3:30AM we reached UPC Aglipay to have a short meal and rest, thank you Ptr Macoy Prieto and Sis Rosan Prieto for accomodation and delicious food.
We proceed to Maddela church and take a rest for the next journey.
Saturday 1PM we offer prayer for God’s Blessings to Prieto Family together with Dad our ASR mentor who is in vacation on the same place.
Preparing for the next and final journey! Home bound Manila!
The team departed the UPC Maddela at exactly 2PM, travelling the Quirino-Aurora-Nueva Ecijah road. Driving on a twisty, bouncy, steep road is not a joke on a team running out of time.. we try as fast as we could but with strict safety to reach out home since its already sunday.
Finally we reached Taguig where we start our Journey at exactly 3AM.
Tired but our hearts overflowed with joy, satisfied as we completed the mission!
God Bless ASR TEAM!
Lead Bike – Bro Dante
2nd – Kuya Gary
3rd – DJ
4th – Aldrin
5th – Jeremiah
Tail Gunner – Min. Bernie
The Sweeper – BillJoe.
I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of you that have supported not only myself but the two boards that I served with over the last six years. It has been an honor to have been your president and it has been an honor to serve you fine people, I pray that I have served you well I guess time will tell.
Moving forward I’m asking all the members of the Azusa StreetRiders ministry to get behind Brother Michael Theodore and this board and give them the support that they need in order to take this ministry to the next level. I ask all of you to keep them prayer this is God’s ministry ran by men and women who are Holy Ghost filled. That certainly does not make them perfect but it does make them willing to step up to the plate and to do a job that at times is not only difficult and unrewarding but also challenges us to the core of one’s own beliefs.
So therefor Keep the Faith, Stay the Course Jesus is coming back soon for his church and the Azusa StreetRiders is a unique niche within the church. Love and appreciate y’all with my whole heart.
God Bless and Keep each and everyone of you and yours. May the sun always be to your back and the wind in your face and I’ll see ya here, there or in the air.
Praise the Lord my ASR family. I first would like to start off by saying thank you Robert Thompson for your six years of leadership in ASR. I would like to thank my wife Laureen Theodore for her six years of service, It was an honor and pleasure working with the both of you.
Moving forwad I am anxious to see what the Lord has in store for ASR and to work with our new board. The theme for 2024 is Taking It To The Streets. One of my goals starting off will be connecting our membership through communication and information. Pray for the new board as we move ASR forward. I love you all.
2023 Azusa StreetRiders National Rally Update: First and foremost, everyone be safe on the ride to National’s!
1. Anyone planning to sign up at the door for the meal plan that has not yet done so please just let us know now we need an accurate headcount by Saturday. We want to make accommodations for everyone.
2. All those planning to attend Wednesday nights midweek service here at FAC please park around the circle in front of the church hopefully we’ll have enough faith to get a nice picture.
3. Any rider that has a PackTalk COM system and would like to link in please bring your helmet and your PackTalk unit to Wednesday nights meet and greet so we can get everything linked up and not have to deal with it on Thursday morning.
4. A reminder that Global Grounds World Missions coffee shop will be open 8 o’clock both Thursday and Friday for the convenience of our Azusa StreetRiders Ministry. The coffee shop in usually not opened in the mornings during the week.
All workers in the coffee shop are volunteers and 100% a profit go towards missionaries around the world. Not everybody is aware that FAC Maryville support not only ALJC missionaries but also UPCI and other apostolic missionaries throughout the world. Keep that in mind and please help support this ministry.
5. Please go ahead print and fill out the Ride Waver from the Azusa StreetRider web page and bring it with you this will help cut out time at the registration desk or the meet & greet.
A another couple of last-minute changes here first off brother Mark Condon is it going to be unable to attend this year’s national rally unfortunately, something came up and he had to change his schedule here at the last minute we’re certainly going to miss his worship. However, FAC has agreed to provide their praise singers for both Thursday and Friday night.
In addition, after looking at the cost for the main church to bring in the cleaning crew Thursday and Friday, and also to hire the tech crew ￼to come in in order to stream do the media and everything that is involved the cost was more than we wanted to pay. Therefore we’re moving the service to the youth sanctuary which I was at this morning and it is extremely nice and very high tech. So we will streamline the service and they have a complete media team at our disposal along with a led backdrop there on the platform so everything should be extremely nice.
Let’s Have a Great Rally, looking forward to seeing all of you here.
Meal Plan and Registration are now on the Azusa StreetRiders website under Events. Please sign up today so we can start getting a count for this years National Rally in the Motorcycle Riding Capital East of the Mississippi, Maryville, TN.
In addition Bro Tom Harding UPCI Global Missions Coordinator will be opening this years Mission Service with the Key Note Introduction followed by none other than Bro Peter Gray the Latin America/Caribbean Field Supervisor for the ALJC World Missions Department.
Bro Bruce Howell has been requested by Bro David K Bernard to be in the Philippines for a special service therefor Bro Howell has requested requested to be rescheduled to speak at one of our National Rally’s at a future date.
Azusa StreetRiders have a great lineup for the 2023 National Rally:
Bro Kenneth Carpenter, Bro Bruce Howell & Bro Mark Condon – Invite a friend !
Wednesday, August 2nd:
Midweek service followed by food and fellowship in the FAC Pavilion Center at the rear of the church.
It was asked which host hotel we will be gathering at Thursday and Friday morning on our way out of town. We are actually going to meet at the church both of those mornings and of course on Saturday for our business meeting. The church is probably only 10 minutes from both host hotels, and from Alcoa, Maryville in the surrounding areas.
We have a state of the art coffee shop located on the south side of the building of which the church will open for an hour or so for our benefit both those mornings. As our tradition has always been, we will serve coffee and donuts before and during our business meeting.
Thursday, August 3rd:
“Tail of the Dragon” & “Cherohala Skyway”
Lunch will be served
Motorcycles for Missionaries Service:
Speaker Bro Peter Grey
Thursday Night Missions Service:
Bro Peter Gray
Latin America/Caribbean Field Supervisor for the
ALJC World Missions Department
Dinner served at the FAC Pavilion Center
Friday, August 5th: Destination TBA at this time
Lunch will be served
Azusa StreetRiders Motorcycle Ministry Friday Night Evangelistic Speaker:
Pastor Kenny Carpenter
Friday Night Evangelistic Service:
Pastor Kenny Carpenter –
ALJC General Superintendent & FAC Pastor Maryville, TN
Dinner served at the FAC Pavilion Center
Saturday, August 6th:
Azusa StreetRiders annual members meeting
Lunch immediately following
We have two hotels that we’ll be using in the Alcoa/Maryville area for the nationals:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Knoxville Alcoa 1865 Pauling Street, Alcoa, TN 37701 Ph: (865) 409 5950 King / Double Queen – $119.00
Call the hotel and mention the Azusa StreetRiders event. FYI This hotel is brand new !
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alcoa (Knoxville Airport) 130 Associates Blvd, Alcoa, TN 37701
Phone: (865) 981-9008
King / Double Queen – $119.00
Call the hotel and mention the Azusa StreetRiders event.
Meal Plan and Registration are now on the Azusa StreetRiders website under Events.