National Rally Q&A Session

At last year’s rally, we met with Chapter Presidents, Area Coordinators, and Chaplains in a separate Q&A session on Friday morning of the rally. This allowed a smaller group to meet with the board, and cover some specific questions and concerns without disrupting the annual business meeting. We plan to once again have a Q&A session at this years rally in Omaha. Details on the time and meeting location will be forthcoming. If you are a Chapter President, Area Coordinator, or Chaplain, please plan on attending this session.

National Rally Volunteers

At this year’s National Rally, volunteers will be needed to help with cleanup after each meal. We would like to set up teams to be able to rotate these responsibilities, so the same people don’t have to pull double duty. If you are willing to volunteer for this, please email the board at asr.national@azusastreetriders. Thank you for your willingness to serve!

2024 Upcoming Events

2024 EVENTS

June 15
Life Gate Motorcycle 4 Missionaries Run
Madison, Alabama

June 21-23
Pentecostal Temple Biker Sunday
Midland, Michigan

June 22
3rd Annual Tupelo Children’s Mansion Benefit Ride
Lexington, TN

June 22
Carmi IL Outreach
City Park, Carmi, IL

June 28-30
Heaven Bound Hoosiers Biker Weekend
Bloomington, Indiana

July 12-14
Northern Indiana Biker Weekend
Location Northwest Indiana

July 20
Princess Within Conference Run
Location and details TBT

August 1-3
ASR National Rally
Omaha, Nebraska

August 4-10
Black Hills Ministry Tour
South Dakota

August 9-10
Heaven Bound Hoosiers Overnight Ride
Bloomington, Indiana

August 17-18
WAPC Biker Weekend
Wooster, Ohio

August 17
2nd Annual Bike Night
Sanctuary of Sikeston, MO

August 24 – August 25
6th Annual ASR Weekend
Jacksonville, IL

August 30 – September 1
Muskingum Chapter Biker Weekend
Zanesville, Ohio

August 31- September 1
7th Annual Biker Weekend
Sparta, Tennessee

September 13-15
7th Annual Biker Weekend
Clendenin, West Virginia

September 20-22
Motorcycles for Missions Biker Weekend
Toledo, Ohio

September 21
Hocking Hills Biker Day
New Straitsville, OH

October 19
2nd Annual Floyd’s Backyard Run
Madison, Alabama

November 7-10
Lone Star Rally
Galveston, Texas

All events will be listed in the monthly rumblings newsletter and on the ASR website.
If you have an event planned, please create an event on the Facebook Group under the events tab, and also send the event information along with any flyers to jeremiah.hayes@azusastreetriders.com

Election Information

Absentee ballots will be available no later than July 5 and may be obtained by sending a request to Julie McGhghy at julie.mcghghy@azusastreetriders.com. Absentee ballots may be sent to the Secretary (Julie McGhghy) or  the President (Bro. Jeremiah Hayes at jeremiah.hayes@azusastreetriders.com) no later than July 21, 2024.

All dues-paying “Members”  and all “Life Members” are granted one vote for each office.

Please be prayerful in this time of preparation for the National Rally, annual business meeting, and elections.

Happy Father’s Day

I want to wish each of our ASR fathers a Happy Father’s Day!

In a society where the role of the father is minimized, I am honored to be part of a ministry where Godly men still raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

I also want to say a special Happy Father’s Day to the father of ASR, Bro Fred Beall. Thank you Bro Beall for your unwavering devotion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

New Members

We want to extend a warm welcome to our new members!

John & Lisa Mathis
Ramsey, IL

Debra Sims
Pana, IL

Nathaniel & Brenda Mathis
Ramsey, IL

Derek & Katie Mathis
Pana, IL

Jonathon & Angela Blake
Pana, IL

Bryan & Carrie Christ
Belleville, IL

Lost & Found

Every so often, I run across a heartwarming story of someone who has been reunited with a motorcycle they believed was gone forever.

Brady Morton was just 18 when his dad Gavin died from cancer at the age of 50. The 1998 Harley was sold to pay for Gavin’s funeral, but in the years since,  Brady has regretted selling the bike. “I’ve been kicking myself ever since over why I let it go,” Morton said.
He hoped to one day buy a Harley Davidson of his own, in his father’s honor, but his wife and sister did one better. Morton’s sister Ashlee started the search for their dad’s old bike, enlisting Brady’s wife Alisha to help.
“It meant a lot to me because I just knew how much it would mean to him to have a piece of his dad back,” Alisha Morton said.
It took the pair 10 months of searching to track down the bike’s current owner.
“I think it went through four owners but it was about five to six contacts that I had to go through,” Morton’s sister said.
The pair managed to track down the bike’s most recent owner, Dean Briggs, who said he felt honored to help out and sell the bike back to the family.
“I did tell them the bike hadn’t started for a while,” Briggs said. “But once they turned the key, it started straight away, so I think it was meant to be – this bike was meant to be with them.”
Morton, who was given the beloved bike on the weekend, said the 30th birthday gift was “massive” to him. Morton said he had no plans to ever sell the Harley. Instead, he said it would become a fitting family heirloom to be passed down through the family.

“So although I get to ride it, it’s a good gift for everyone.”

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Donald DeVault was reunited with his 1953 Triumph Tiger 100 nearly 50 years after it was stolen. The 73-year-old DeVault learned that California authorities had recovered his motorcycle at the Port of Los Angeles. The bike was about to be shipped to Japan when customs agents who checked the vehicle identification number discovered it had been reported stolen in February 1967. 

The bike was valued at $300 in 1967. Today, it’s worth about $9,000. DeVault’s first reaction? To hug the man who found the bike. His next move was naturally to take the motorcycle for a ride in the parking lot. DeVault had had the bike for only a year or two when it was taken from his fenced backyard. DeVault already has a Harley-Davidson and a Kawasaki motorcycle in his garage, so he plans to reserve the Triumph for special rides.

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I’m sure many days and nights are spent by those who have lost something, such as a motorcycle, thinking of the times when it was theirs. They reminisce on the rides taken, and the scenic vistas they had witnessed from two wheels. They no doubt, deal with sadness and despair about the loss of their prized possession.

How much more, does the King of Glory, who gave His life’s blood to purchase his most valuable possession, sorrow each time one of His children wander away? As a father, I can’t imagine how He must feel when He sees the ones who He gave everything for, simply turn, and walk away.

He remembers the times when the relationship was so special. Never a day went by that His child failed to talk with Him. And now, the thief, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, has seemingly been victorious, and stolen the one He loves.

But, I am persuaded, that there is coming a day, when joy will spring forth from the portals of Heaven, as those thought to be gone forever, lost in a world of iniquity, once again find their way back to the Savior that gave everything for them.

 Luke 15:20-24
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Do not lose heart, do not lose hope, but keep trusting, keep hoping, keep praying, and keep believing! The day is coming, when the Lost, will be Found!

Jeremiah Hayes
President
Azusa StreetRiders International

 

 

And the Nominees Are …

I am pleased to announce the nominees for International Vice President and International Secretary:

  • International Vice President: Pastor Jeff Keck and Bro. Johnny Carr
  • International Secretary: Sis. Julie McGhghy

 

 

“Fire” Up Your Engines

The Great Wall of China is a fascinating and opposing structure. It’s purpose was to deter incursions by nomads from Inner Asia. Stretching for more than 13,000 miles, it is possibly the most recognizable symbol of China.

On the top of the wall, an estimated 25,000 watchtowers were built every 200 yards, standing approximately 40 feet above the main wall. It was from these watchtowers, sentries would stand watch, scanning the countryside for any movement, or potential threat of an attack.

These towers were not simply used for observation, but were also signaling posts . Each tower had a storage of firewood, hay, and sulphur. If and when the sentries would spot a hostile force, they were instructed to to light a signal fire to let the other watchtowers know that the enemy had been spotted. If up to 100 enemies were spotted, they would light one signal fire. If up to 500 enemies were spotted, 2 signal fires were lit. 3 fires meant 1,000 of the enemy had been spotted. 4 fires meant 5,000 enemies, and 5 fires meant more than 10,000 of the enemy was approaching. 

Although the threat was real, and the enemy was on the attack; the greater the attack of the enemy, the greater the light was broadcast.

We live in an ever darkening world, where sin is rampant. Evil is called good, and good is called evil. Wickedness is abounding. Society has reached new levels of sin. The enemy is on the prowl, seeking to steal, kill, and destroy.

The stronger the attack, the greater the light of the church will shine. The greater the ferocity of the forces of evil, the hotter the fires of revival will be. The attack of the enemy is nothing more than a call to action, so the fires of revival and the fire of the Holy Ghost will shine brighter than ever before.

The prophet Jeremiah, when he was struggling, and felt like giving up, would say “but His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones!”

Don’t be disheartened and discouraged at the enemy’s advance, but use the opportunity presented by him, to light a fire in your life that cannot be extinguished. Use the enemy’s advance to shine brighter than ever before. Use the condition of society as a rallying cry, to move forward with the fire of the Holy Ghost leading you to someone who needs the Light!

As summer arrives, and events kick off, we embark into a mission field of souls that need to hear about the grace and mercy of God. Just as a sputtering, misfiring bike causes us to fall behind the pack, a smoldering ember will cause us to fall behind in our calling.

As you fire your bikes up this summer, and head out on the streets with the message of hope, make sure the fire of the Holy Ghost is kindled, and burning more brightly than ever before in your life, and you will start fires wherever you put your kickstand down.

Jeremiah Hayes
International President
Azusa StreetRiders

New Members

 

We want to extend a warm welcome to our new members!

Sharese Willis
Portland, IN
(Upgraded from Assoc.)

Travis & Kaylyn Sturgell
Richmond, KY

De Crawford
New Haven, IN

Brent & Angela Fielder
Valparaiso, IN

Lincoln Fielder
Valparaiso, IN

Matthew & Majel Beal
Jonesport, ME