We are one of the many churches that partner with the Dakota Baptist Convention (DBC) to share the Gospel with thousands of people each year at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally—the largest single bike rally in the worl—held in the small town of Sturgis, SD. Since 1938, bikers from all over the world ride out to Sturgis for some good ol' racing and biker networking. In 2006, the DBC launched the sturgisbikegiveaway.com Evangelism Ministry—a ministry that purchases a Harley Davidson Motorcycle to give away at the end of the rally each year. Our people then travel to Sturgis in August to share a three minute story about how Jesus changed their life--all the bikers have to do is listen and then they're registered for the bike giveaway.
This year at the Sturgis Rally, we had four team members make the trip to Sturgis and we had a new location this year in a storefront along Main Street. The crowds were much less this year after the record number of people who attended in 2015 for the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Even with the low attendance, the Sturgis Bike Giveaway Evangelism Ministry still shared the gospel 3,085 times, which was just a few hundred less than 2015! 242 individuals prayed to ask Jesus into their hearts for the first time. We seemed to have a greater spiritual warfare going on this year with some of our neighbors trying to do everything to stop us from sharing.
One evening, the tattoo parlor next door intentionally sent people out onto the sidewalk to prevent people from getting by so they would not come into our store. While this was happening, a young lady and her boyfriend were trying to pass by the other direction. The traffic jam caused them to stop right in front of our store and they came inside. One of the ladies shared her testimony with them, they signed up to win the bike, and went on their way. Around 12:30 a.m. that evening, the Dakota State Mission Director, Buck Hill, got a knock on his camper door behind our store. Here was this young lady in tears crying, “I need something; I need Something.” His first thought was something happened that evening and she needed some kind of aid; however, as they talked, he realized that three minute testimony could not escape her mind. Over the next 45 minutes, they shared the gospel and both the young lady and her boyfriend received the Lord. After she prayed, she asked, “You mean I am worth something now?” Buck said, “You have always been worth something and God has known you from before you were born.” The next afternoon, the young lady came inside the store and Buck did not even recognize her because even her physical appearance was completely transformed.
We heard so many stories of the great things that God did during this week and over the past year since the last rally. Most of the volunteers are just regular people—not preachers or evangelists. They just took a week off work and volunteered a three hour shift each day and shared a simple testimony; however, God used them beyond their wildest dreams.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." -Ephesians 3:20 - 21