On a hot day in 2008, Rusty Bellomy took his 11 year old grandson on a motorcycle ride around his elementary school in Ashland Kentucky. Tragically it was his last ride. A drunk driver veered across the centerline and struck the motorcycle head on. Rusty was pronounced dead at the scene and his grandson critically injured.
Rusty was a retired steelworker and a long time member of a Nazarene church in Ashland. His heart and soul were dedicated to Work & Witness projects, participating in 31 trips across the US and around the world. In 2010 the Nazarene Motorcycle Fellowship launched The Rusty Bellomy Bikes for Missions to honor this long-time biker and turn a tragedy into a triumph. This project provides funds to buy motorcycles for pastors all over the world. Many international Pastors have no vehicle, or travel by foot from village to village through crowded city streets, unpaved roads, and winding pathways. For these pastors having a motor bike increases their ministry opportunities and makes them much more efficient.
For the past 10 years Bikers across the US have raised funds at their Biker Sunday Events, Charity Rides and even a Kids Bike-a -thon! As a result, over 140 Rusty Bellomy bikes have been placed in countries in all corners of the globe. NMF has stacks of applications from missionaries in many countries, and there is always a long waiting list. Your donations to this effort make a big impact in spreading the Gospel and make Christlike disciples in the nations.
If you are a pastor (or know a pastor) outside of the USA that is in need of a motorbike to help your ministry, download and print the application below and return it to the address listed at the bottom of the application.
If your church or organization has raised funds for Rusty Bellomy Bikes for Missions it can be submitted to this address:
Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center
>> ATTN: RUSTY BELLOMY BIKES FOR MISSIONS <<
17001 Prairie Star Parkway,
Lenexa, Kansas, U.S.A. 66220
Financial Coordinator for Rusty Bellomy: Marshall Duke - email@example.com
Nazarene Motorcycle Fellowship (NMF) is a Nazarene biker ministry helping other Nazarene biker ministries grow and succeed through the sharing of ideas and information.
NAZARENE BIKER CHURCHES
There are now dozens and dozens of Nazarene Biker churches scattered all over the USA/Canada Region. One example is Salvage Yard Biker Church in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Apopka Calvary Biker Church is another example, located in Apopka, Florida.
God is using the Nazarene Motorcycle Fellowship to help launch Biker Church ministries in numerous places across the USA/Canada Region. A Biker Church can become its own organized church or it came become a PAC (Parent-Affiliated Church), reaching a new group of people OUTSIDE the existing walls and ministry of the church. This is the difference between a ministry within the church and launching a Biker Church that is designed to reach a group of people not affiliated with the church currently. We need hundreds more Biker Churches who are part of the Nazarene movement!
Stay current and connect with leaders and participants through the NMF Public Facebook Group:
We ride because we are free.
Jesus said, “He who the Son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36) Full Armor celebrates the fact that neither the bondage of sin nor of human oppression prevents us from having our faces in the wind.
We ride because it celebrates life.
Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Full Armor believes that life is more than just 9 to 5. Life is meant to be lived and we like to live on the open road.
We ride because we are brothers and sisters.
Bikers are family regardless of brand or nationality. God is our Father, Jesus our brother. Full Armor is an ever-expanding family of God. (Hebrews 2:11)
We ride because it opens doors.
Bikers accept that our transportation choice is different than most. As a result, we are often asked about the lifestyle. This presents us with a chance to testify. Full Armor embraces these unique opportunities to share Christ. (I Peter 3:15)
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