They wind through the countryside, effectively threading an imaginary needle with their group. The bikers ride in perfect formation, staggered, yet still taking up less space in a lane than a single car. Motorcycles are an everyday sight in Michigan during the summer, but not a lot of them stage their rides out of a church.
The Res-life Riders, a motorcycle ministry based out of Resurrection Life Church in Rockford, do just that, and are hoping to change the way people think about both bikers and God. One of the ways they are putting their name out is the third annual Fun-Run. It is basically a poker run, which is a biker staple for fundraising, but with a Christian twist. They don’t go to bars, they don’t drink alcohol, and they don’t focus on the competition. They instead ride to county parks, drink juice and water, and focus on the fellowship and camaraderie.
For the past two years, the Fun-Run has raised funds for Lean on Me Outreach Center, a place that provides for those families that cannot always seem to make ends meet. The first year, they rode in perfect weather, and last year, they rode in thunderstorms. It doesn’t matter if they get a little wet, they realize that what they are doing is changing the lives of whole families. Last year, riders came from as far as Ionia and rode for the cause, not for the comfort.
On August 4, 2012, they are doing it again. Rain or shine, they will buckle their vests, lace up their boots, strap on their helmets and ride to raise money for those in need. Therefore, there is an official call to action to all: Attend the Fun-Run and do your part to help local families. If you have a motorcycle, show up between 9 and 11 a.m. to register. The $20 fee to participate may not seem like a lot to you, but it will help so many people who just need that extra nudge.
If you don’t have a motorcycle, ask how you can help. Contact the Lean on Me Outreach Center and ask what you can do to change the lives of people all around you, people you may know, but may not realize are struggling. Lean on Me can be reached at (616) 866-3999 or at 11555 Edgerton, Rockford, Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. Food Box distribution hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Fridays.