Mount Vernon—Kentucky Baptist bikers saw their recent ride through Kentucky’s scenic roads as more than just an opportunity to take in the sights and smells of the Bluegrass state.
The 96-mile ride from Mt. Vernon to Mt. Washington made by 43 bikers on a near-perfect day raised awareness and more than $1,774 for the ministry of Sunrise Children’s Services, and it resulted in two salvations, reported Randy McPheron, director of missions for Rockdale Baptist Association.
“We were grateful for the show of support from Kentucky Baptists and others who are a part of the bike rally. There is a great need for those who love helping children, and Sunrise is the best organization to do that,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director/treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
Jonathan Jones, senior pastor at Salvisa Baptist Church in Salvisa, has been an avid motorcyclist for about 50 years. “I’ve been riding since I was six years old,” said Jones, “I rode to support Sunrise and their cause.”
Jones is a member of the Kentucky Baptist Bikers ministry, a group of bike lovers who also love Jesus. “Our motorcycle ministry is a tool to reach those who don’t know Christ,” added Jones, “We love Christ first above motorcycles. It’s a way of connecting with people.”
The event was organized to encourage prayer for Sunrise and all proceeds went to Sunrise and their mission to help less fortunate children.
“Our purpose for this ride was to support Sunrise Children’s Services by raising awareness to this ministry. Also we wanted to raise financial support and offer our prayers for this important work,” said DOM McPheron.
“We believe in the ministry of Sunrise which is helping hurting children,” he said. “I pray that as our motorcycles rolled in to Sunrise that it greatly encouraged these kids and the Sunrise staff.” (WR)