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Bikers rally in service to others
August 27, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photos by Frank Marquez/Gering Citizen - Bikers from Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota join local motorcyle enthusiasts for the Rock Church’s 10th Annual Biker Sunday this past weekend at the Civic Center in Gering.

About 85 motorcyclists rumbled through the area Sunday morning as bikers from several states joined in the 10th Annual Biker Sunday at the Rock Church.

“It was a beautiful day for a beautiful ride,” said Rock Church Pastor Tyson Lambertson. “The most important thing is that we worship Jesus together and to see others commit their lives to Him.”

Heading east, the group took in Minatare and Melbeta, then back west to Morrill, Mitchell, through Mitchell Pass and Scotts Bluff National Monument, ending at the Gering Civic Center.

This is the first time the rally has ended in Gering and an estimated 800 people were there for a worship service, barbecue and children’s activities.
“This rally is something we do as an outreach to people and to see God move in their lives,” Lambertson said. “We have people here from Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. It’s a big outreach for us. Our goal is to reach out to the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
He said the first Biker Rally 10 years ago drew about 40 motorcyclists and 100 attendees. “Our people love to serve others, so it’s a great outreach for them and it’s grown since then.”

Featured speaker Pastor Michael Canaday, said he came here to “edify and encourage people to go out and help the community, not to judge people, but to love people, and show them the goodness of God.”

Canaday, who raced Harleys on the pro circuit, came to share his testimony about racing, and Outlaw Bikers, which is how he got into racing. He saw it as an open door to minister other bikers, and has since been a pastor to bikers for the past two decades.

“When you have a gun pulled on you, or a knife pulled on you, it’s hard to forget,” said Canaday about ministering in the field. “Every time that that’s happened, God has brought me through it. Before you know it, the spirits moving, and they’re lives are changed today.”

Toby Rogers, a Scottsbluff resident, who joined the biker run on Sunday on a Soft Tail custom 07 said, “This is great, fantastic, amazing to see stuff like this in a small town.”
The Biker Rally helps benefit an ongoing mission in Nicaragua. In the past six years, church volunteers have built a church and a school facility. And this fall, they plan to start construction on the Tree of Life Women’s Center in Esteli.

Anyone interested in joining the mission to Nicaragua may contact the Rock Church online at therockne.com. The signup deadline is Sept. 6.

The Rock Church has three locations in western Nebraska: Scottsbluff, Gering and North Platte.

Scottsbluff resident Toby Rogers mounts his Soft Tail custom ’07 in getting ready to take to the open road, joining about 85 other bikers for the Rock Church’s Biker Sunday.

Scottsbluff resident Ray Rossignol, nicknamed “Frenchie” for his Canadian accent, rides his 100th Anniversary Low Rider 03 on Biker Sunday.
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