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My husband and I began a new phase of our lives a few months ago; God gave us a bike ministry late last summer and we’ve been working to make it the ministry God wants it to be. Our patch is pictured above – we have ours sewn on our vests and we’ve had quite a few people ask us about them. Needless to say, they’re very colorful and eye-catching.

We’ve started an annual bike blessing in our county, along with the help of folks from our church and community. I believe it’s going to grow into a way to reach out to folks who might not ever feel comfortable coming to a ‘regular’ church.

We’ve also been trusted to carry on a tradition that started 26 years ago- Spyder’s Toy Run. Our friend Spyder and his friends started it to make sure that all kids in our area had a good Christmas. (Spyder is also our youngest daughter’s father-in-law.)

We’ve got other dreams and visions for what we want for the ministry; but we’re doing our best to keep our eyes on God and what HE wants. Because He can see bigger and better than we can even imagine.

I’ll be sharing more about ministry activities in other posts, and I’ll also share a little bit about our “junior” member, Hope. I’m sure you’ll enjoy meeting her and seeing what she stays up to.

Any excuse for a ride is great, but when you can ride and help out homeless and lost animals, that’s even better.
Crenshaw County Animal Society and Three in One Motorcycle Ministries paired up to have a day full of blessings, fun and food, and raise money for CCAS’s foster program at the same time.
April 2, 2016 marked the first-ever bike blessing in Crenshaw County. Three in One started the day off early- coffee and donuts were served. Then Bro Randy gave a short devotional. Besides Three in One members, we also had volunteers from several local churches be a part of the prayer team. Three in One’s home church, Luverne First Assembly was very supportive and a lot of the members came out to help.
Prayer teams went to each bike and prayed for safety while on the road and also prayed for any specific prayer requests from riders, and then bike blessing decals were handed out.
Besides about 30 bikes, there were also several cars and trucks that were prayed for.
The Rock Central Youth drama team from Luverne First Assembly performed a couple of dramas which were very touching.
John P. and Sharon Adkison and her dog Ziggy were special guests for the day. Sharon told a little about her story – she’s struggled with stress and anxiety for years, so her husband John strongly encouraged her to adopt a small dog who could travel with them. When Ziggy came to live with them, she noticed several times that Ziggy would get upset and within a few minutes she’d realize that her blood sugar wasn’t at the right levels. She ended up taking Ziggy to her doctor who tested him and sure enough, he was alerting her before her sugar levels got out of control. Since then he’s become a certified medical alert dog. He’s got his own fan club; he’s collecting his Harley points and has actually ridden more miles than some of the chapter’s members. He’s ridden as far away as Washington, DC! He’s got his own travel bag that’s mounted on the back of John’s bike- it’s got it’s own safety harness set up. Ziggy can ride inside the bag, or stick his head and shoulders out to enjoy the view or he’s able to ride completely outside the bag, all while safely tethered. He’s even learned how to make sure the bag’s flap is down in case he wants a nap.
Sharon encouraged everyone there to check local shelters and animal societies for their next pet. “Adopt, don’t shop!” Like most people who adopt, she told us that she thought she was making a difference in Ziggy’s life, but he’s also made a big difference in her life too.
Then CCAS president Kim Thiem welcomed everyone and thanked them for being a part of our day. Besides being president of CCAS, Kim is one of the founding members of the society. A New York transplant, Kim and her husband Chris have lived in the county for over 20 years, and very quickly realized that someone needed to help all the lost and stray animals in our county. She and Betty Massey started talking about what they could do, and decided to start the society. The first two years of the society, they visited shelters in surrounding counties to learn how they’re operating; they made phone calls and researched to find out what to do and what mistakes not to make. It’s been an uphill battle but CCAS is slowly making strides. Our county doesn’t currently have an animal shelter, the animal society’s job is even tougher.
CCAS now has a foster based program that keeps about 12 animals in their program at all times, and there is always a long waiting list. Like any rural county, there are lots of dogs who are dropped off when they’re no longer wanted, sometimes even from other counties. We get many calls every month asking for help with a dog or cat who has just shown up at someone’s house. It’s always heartbreaking to here these stories.
Because we use a foster based program, the animals are kept in members’ homes; they receive love and attention all the time, and can also learn social skills – how to get along with other cats and dogs is just as important as how to get along with a wide variety of people. A small group of very dedicated volunteers work together to take care of the animals; we also offer educational information on the benefits of getting pets spayed or neutered and regular health care. We also work to find homes for stray animals. Many times these animals are transported to other areas of the state, or even other areas of the country, where their chances of adoption are much greater.
The animal society has done several fundraisers, but we were looking for something bigger that would let folks even outside the county help, so the idea for a poker run was chosen.
The group got to work, gathering door prizes and donations from Crenshaw, Montgomery, Pike and Covington Counties. Lots of great sponsors were willing to donate to help.
The support from riders in the county was good, but it was great to see two groups from outside the county show up. The Montgomery HOG Chapter came, escorting our special guests Ziggy, Sharon and John Adkison and a bunch of their friends. Bro Mark Fronduti and God Speed Ministries from Montgomery also brought some riders in. We even had a few from out of state to come ride with us.
A group of about 20 bikes (and 1 van!) took a scenic ride around the county, stopping to have cards dealt and answering some trivia questions about motorcycles or pets.
We finally arrived back at the park, where the wonderful cooks in CCAS had lunch ready for us. Fried chicken fingers, grilled burgers, French fries, Cole slaw and potato salad made a delicious meal.
While everyone ate, the judges figured out which player had the best and worst hands. Finally, Corbin Knott from Luverne was awarded worst hand status and XXX XXX was awarded best hand status. Each came away with a cash prize.
Then it was time for to start drawing tickets- about 30 door prizes were given away. Everything from cleaning products to tools to t-shirts and bags to gift certificates from restaurants. Several people won more than one prize – the lesson there is the more tickets you buy, the luckier you are! We wound up the activities with a 50/50 drawing.
We even had a “Happy Tails” day- one of our foster pups, Lily, was adopted and is now living the life of Riley in her new home. Congratulations to Lily and Rodney!
All in all, it was a fun day. We had several compliments from the riders – the food was great, the ride was nice and it was well organized. Our CCAS and Three in One Ministries members and volunteers all seemed to have a good time and we’re already working on a ride for the fall.
We thank everyone who came out to spend the day with us, and we truly appreciate everyone who donated to make the day the huge success it was.
If you’d like more information on Crenshaw County Animal Society or Three in One Motorcycle Ministries, you can find us both on Facebook.
Author: Beth R - Categories: bikes and bikers,family and friends,motorcycles

I love riding my bike, even when it’s raining. Of course, I don’t ride when I can’t see where I’m going or what I’m doing, but just a regular rain can feel very nice. Sorta like playing in the rain when you were a kid.

So anyway, last Saturday I had to ride into Troy to meet my brother with the saxophone. It felt nice outside, not too hot, with a good breeze, so I took the bike. About two miles from where 29 crosses 231, I saw it was going to rain on me pretty quick. By the time I got to 231, it was raining pretty hard, so I rode down onto 231 then immediately pulled off at the gas station; I called Lee and told him where I was and we met there. After we got through talking, I loaded up to head back home. By the time I got onto the overpass again, it had started raining again – that little stinging rain. I was all tensed up, like I was afraid someone was going to hit me.

Then all of a sudden, I heard a voice in my head saying, “Didn’t I tell you I’d take care of you on this bike?” Of course, I knew He had so I relaxed, and then I shouted! Not exactly a Dukes of Hazzard moment, but close enough for me. I shouted and sang for most of the way home.

So when Brother Price asked us last night if we’d ever felt like shouting when we felt like the devil was after us, I could honestly say yes! and I’m here to tell you, it’s a good feeling to be able to do that.

Author: Beth R - Categories: motorcycles,praise and worship

So I had to ride to Greenville to meet a friend/client for lunch, and to pick up some copies of her newest book, fresh from the printer. We’ll be shipping complimentary copies out to newspaper religion editors and some other folks who might give us a good review and some publicity.
I love riding my bike, and I especially love riding by myself – very freeing to not have to worry about anybody else but myself, going at my own speed, whether it’s 45 or 75, seeing what I want to, stopping when I want, and just being on my own. It’s also a lot of fun when it registers with passengers/drivers in other vehicles when they realize that’s a FEMALE riding that bike… most of them are not surprised, but every once in a while, you get some VERY funny faces. I don’t care if it is almost 2009, it still seems to be a novelty for a girl to be riding her own bike.
Anyway, we had lunch and a great visit; then back outside to pack everything in my bags (and pockets) and head back. To come back home, I have to take a bridge over the interstate; for some reason I got in the wrong turn lane, and only after there was no way out of that lane, did I realize I was headed onto the interstate, instead of back towards Highway 10, which is what I wanted.
I had two choices – either go into high panic mode and just sit in the middle of road, blocking traffic, or hitting the interstate and getting off at the next exit, about 15 miles away. Panic is not my usual way of handling things (well, maybe sometimes after everything is over), so I just tooled on down the ramp and onto the interstate, headed for Ft. Deposit.
Not really a big deal, except that was my first time on the interstate by myself, the traffic was very heavy, and there was quite a wind blowing. I did okay, except for one incident, when some traffic was merging onto the road, and I moved over into the left lane to give them room- some nimrod decided she needed to be my back bumper decoration and hung right behind me until I could get a clear space to move back into the right lane.
Not much a 600 pound bike and rider can do to a large sedan, other than scratch it up a bit in passing, and I don’t do that kind of thing. If I could have told her a few things, I might have, but she was laughing and cutting up with her kids as she passed me- I still am not convinced she saw me, even though I was directly in front of her – I could have spit backwards and it would have hit her windshield.
I did get lots of smiles and waves from other vehicles, especially the three guys trailering their bikes somewhere – and it was a nice ride, anyway, despite some people showing their ignorance.
When I did get off at Ft. Deposit, a very nice clerk at a gas station gave me directions back towards home that did not include getting back on the interstate – I figure there’s no need pushing things.
So now I’m home, got to see some new areas, got a very nice ride in, and still home in time to walk the dogs, get supper started and more importantly… GET BACK TO WORK!

Author: Beth R - Categories: humor,I Ride My Own,motorcycles