The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the largest single bike rally event in the world. Each year, for the first full week in August, bikers from all over the world, come to Sturgis, SD, to ride, race and party. Anywhere from 400,000 to 600,000 bikers converge on this small South Dakota town nestled on the north side of the Black Hills. Started in 1938 by the ‘Jackpine Gypsies’ motorcycle club, the rally was the brain-child of Clarence ‘Pappy’ Hoel. Over the past 73 years the rally has grown in the number of bikers, events, sponsors and vendors.
In 2006 the Dakota Baptist Convention, in cooperation with the Ronny Hill Evangelistic Association and the North American Mission Board began the Sturgisbikegiveaway.com Evangelism Ministry. This ministry consisted of purchasing a brand new Harley Davidson Motorcycle to give away at the end of the rally. Volunteers enlisted from the Dakotas and across the nation and were given training in giving an evangelistic testimony in three minutes. Bikers were invited into the tent, given the opportunity to register to win the motorcycle, in exchange for them listening to a three minute story about how Jesus changed the volunteers life.
REGISTER YOUR PARTICIPATION
You can bring a team to serve through this exciting opportunity. Remember that this is an opportunity for mature believers who are confident in their faith.
RECAP OF 2015 STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
An historic record of 1.5 million people attended the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. This marked the 75th Anniversary for this big event.
The SBC of Virginia partnered with the Dakota Baptist Convention to share the Gospel with bikers from across the nation. Fifteen volunteers, including eight deaf bikers, traveled from the Commonwealth to participate. Together, the team of 230 people handed out water and tracks, built relationships, and led lost souls to Christ.
Here is a summary of what took place:
DECISIONS TO FOLLOW CHRIST
We are extremely proud of the SBCV Team who have proven they believe in their moto, “no one left behind” based on the scripture from 2 Peter 3:9:
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 PETER 3:9
For more information about the Motorcycle Evangelism Ministry of the SBCV or for ways to connect go to sbcv.org/motorcycleevangelism.