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Southeastern California Conference The Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry, a nationwide Adventist organization, is open to men and women alike and does not require owning a motorcycle in order to join. The Mt. Rubidoux church chapter, which was founded in 2014, was the first SKMM chapter in Southern California.

Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry Shares the Gospel with Bikers by Cynthia Mendoza

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Mt. Rubidoux church chapter, which ark leather jackets and loud started in 2014, was the first SKMM motorcycles aren’t usually chapter in Southern California. associated with ministry, but “People need to be given a different the Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle environment to enjoy what they do,” Ministry (SKMM) is dedicated to said Russell Nelson, Mt. Rubidoux sharing the gospel through their love church chapter president, touching of riding. slightly on the negative stereotype On Sunday, April 28, about 17 riders often associated with motorcycles. “We from the Mt. Rubidoux church chapter are not a club. We are a ministry,” he headed out on a ride to Temecula and emphasized. back from the Southeastern California Since its inception, the chapter has Conference (SECC) headquarters in Riverside, approximately 80 miles round been actively engaged in service and literature evangelism; they regularly trip. The goal of the event was to invite non-Adventist bikers, as well as increase participate in biker events where they give out Bibles, The Desire of Ages, the group’s exposure on the road. and children’s books. And in a spirit of According to their website, “know your audience,” they give out a Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry special biker edition of Steps to Christ is a nationwide Adventist ministry called Steps to Jesus: The Ride of Your “committed to spreading the gospel Life. They also offer to pray with other of Jesus Christ to the motorcycle bikers at the events. community.” The organization was founded by a group of Adventist bikers “We have to find new ways to reach men,” said Eric Penick, conference in Hollister, California, which is known associate youth director, who was as a motorcycle town. serving as men’s ministries director Membership in SKMM is open to all at the time of the ride in April. “Even baptized members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in good standing, though the ministry is not exclusive to men, it is a way to reach men.” men and women alike, and owning a motorcycle On Sunday, April 28, the Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry, is not a Mt. Rubidoux church chapter, met at SECC headquarters for a requirement round trip ride to Temecula. The purpose of the ride was to increase to join. The exposure and to invite non-Adventist friends who also enjoy riding.

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According to Nelson, out of 800,000 registered bikers in California, twothirds to one-half reside in Southern California, which provides ample evangelism opportunities, especially to men, who comprise a large part of the biking community. SKMM members do not minister exclusively to bikers, however. The ministry also supports other charitable causes, such as “guest cheffing” at a homeless shelter once a month, where they feed over 150 people; donating women’s purses filled with personal items; and donating gifts to the Loma Linda Children’s Hospital, as well as providing gas cards for the patients’ parents. “In Greek, ministry means service, and that is what we do,” Nelson said. For more information on the Mt. Rubidoux church Sabbath Keepers Motorcycle Ministry, call Russell Nelson, 909-286-3267. For more information on the national organization or to connect with other local chapters, visit http:// www.skmmnational.org. PHOTOS: ERIC PENICK

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...