2016 is going to be a very different year for me and the Ashtubla chapter. For years I was blessed to just be able to ride anywhere just about at any given time. Was able to go to any type of event. Just pack up the bike and ride. This year I will be basically stuck in Ohio and just concentrating on Ohio for ASR. I would really like to see someone from Ohio help out and step up this year. I just went back to work in a totally new field started a new career and have no vacation time to use this year. Also my wife and I are taking care of my parents who are 92 & 91 with medical needs. So I will not have the freedom to ride anywhere far. I was really looking forward to meeting and riding to new and different ASR events this year. I gave it a lot of thought whether to stay semi retired or go back to work part time or full time. I sent my resume to our county prison. But the Lord had another plan for me. Some how my resume wound up at my new employment. North East Ohio Community Alternative Program (NEOCAP) which is a Community Based Corrections Facility that provide residential substance abuse treatment and programming. NEOCAP’S MISSIONis to provide a viable sentencing option to the Common Pleas Courts of the five member counties here and protect the public safety by providing an intensive, highly structured treatment program in a secure facility. NEOCAP provides an environment where change through learning new behavior can occur to enable residents to return to their communities as productive members of society.
In stead of working with hardcore prisoners. I am working with lesser offense Inmates which we call residents. I know the Lord moved my resume and the hearts of my supervisors. Because this place was not hiring at the time and you have to have a degree in this field or worked in it. Which I have zero experience in this field or a degree in this field. I intrigued them by scoring extremely high on a test after my first two interviews.They liked that and said We can teach you. You have what it takes and what we need here. I have to take a six program class and six two hour tests which I have to pass on all six test to be certified in this field. I have successfully passed my first one. My second test is this Friday. Please pray that I complete and pass the entire program.
I know this is where I’m supposed to be. The Lord is already opening doors here at my work place praise God. This job will not keep me from missing any church praise God. Just missing out on meeting new ASR members and riding to new events.
We are off and running in 2016 AND it’s already been very productive. We have many events scheduled and have already seen many new member sign on to help win the lost! God is good!!
Just a note of encouragement..
I’ve talked to members in the past year that have been discouraged about how slow they are adding new members in their area. Please know all areas are different, some grow fast, and some take a little more time to see the increase.
The bible says in 1 Corinthians 3-9
3 “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.”
As you can see, all we do is sow the seed and God will do the rest. So continue sharing Jesus with everyone you come across and see the miracles of the Lord.
Don’t get discouraged about how slow your chapter is growing. It’s not about the size of the chapter or about the speed it grows. Azusa StreetRiders aren’t about motorcycles or riding, although we do enjoy the activity, it is just a tool to help reach people for Jesus! To do so, we must help people to see the importance of a relationship with Him. As your chapter grows you are adding new soul winning-bikers to your team. Luke 14:23 says, “And the lord said unto the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’”
Rev. Anthony Storey