Faith Riders roll into Ruston

By Thad Williams

Calvary Baptist Church is host to a chapter of a national ministry organization called the Faith Riders, and this coming weekend they will be hosting a tent revival on the church grounds at 5200 US-167, Ruston.

The four-day event, named Thunder Under the Tent, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Services and events will be held each night that weekend until Sunday morning.

The event is organized by Jody Stuckey, director of the Calvary Faith Riders chapter. Stuckey has been working for months to put this event together and encourage other nearby chapters to attend and be active in this service opportunity.

“I hope that this would encourage Faith Riders to start to participate,” Stuckey said. “And I hope that someone will come to know the Lord through this event.”

Twenty-two chapters of the Faith Riders ministry are active in Louisiana, and Calvary is ranked as the No. 2 chapter. Jesse Littleton Jr. is the director of the No. 1 ranked chapter, the Philly Faith Riders from Philadelphia Baptist Church in Pineville. Littleton and other members of his chapter will attend the event, and they are using this as another opportunity to serve communities and share the Gospel.

“These people have given their lives to Christ,” Littleton said. “It isn’t about our stories but about what God has done in our lives.”

The Faith Riders’ main goal is to use their love of motorcycles as a tool for making connections with different groups of people and then sharing the Gospel with them through short, intentional conversations. Throughout the year, the chapters plan motorcycle trips to various events and rallies to set up tents and serve the people in attendance.

The organization was founded in Florida in 2002 by two couples who felt a calling to use their love of motorcycles to start this ministry. David Burton, the featured guest speaker at the revival event, was one of the people who started the ministry and has since worked to spread it to the national level. According to Burton, with almost 400 chapters in 28 different states, each one is connected to a local church and works with the state to plan trips and come up with new service opportunities.

“To see men and women utilize motorcycles to meet the needs of the kingdom is very unique,” Burton said. “We always look for opportunities to witness to people.”

The Thunder Under the Tent revival event will be open to everyone in the community, and the Faith Riders encourage anyone who is interested in learning about the organization, spending time in community or experiencing a fun church revival to attend the event any night next weekend.

“We want to give everyone an opportunity to attend no matter what they are comfortable with,” Stuckey said. “We are just trying out different angles to reach the lost.”

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