Seeking to Save Hardcore Bikers at Daytona's Bike Week

Seeking to Save Hardcore Bikers at Daytona's Bike Week

Jim Pitman, director of Multi-Language Media, speaks to Charisma Connection host Chris Johnson about a ministry outreach to motorcycle enthusiasts held in March in Daytona Beach, Florida. Known for its Mardi Gras-type atmosphere, Daytona's Bike Week attracts a half-million people every year. Pitman and volunteers from other ministries around the world are seeing salvations as they witness for Christ and are distributing copies of the Biker Bible with biker testimonies during this world-famous motorcycle rally.

22 Minutes • 9 days ago

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Jim Pittman

 

Jim Pitman, director of Multi-Language Media, speaks to Charisma Connection host Chris Johnson about a ministry outreach to motorcycle enthusiasts held in March in Daytona Beach, Florida. Known for its Mardi Gras-type atmosphere, Daytona's Bike Week attracts a half-million people every year.

 

Pitman and volunteers from other ministries around the world are seeing salvations as they witness for Christ and are distributing copies of the Biker Bible with biker testimonies during this world-famous motorcycle rally.

 

Introduction
Chris Johnson: Welcome to Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson and we have a fun podcast. Today. We're going to head to Daytona Beach, Florida, which is just up the road from us here in Lake Mary, Florida. We're going to learn about a special ministry to reach motorcycle enthusiasts during Daytona’s world-famous Bike Week. Jim Pittman director of Multi-Language Media in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania is with us. Jim, how do you get acquainted with all these bikers out there? I know you ride.

 

Jim Pitman: We're out here in this beautiful Florida sun, so bright around here with the palm trees and all and yet we're in the middle of what is actually a pretty dark area when we talk about Daytona Bike Week. This is the first time I've been here for this, and the Lord is really doing some great things.

 

Chris Johnson; That's wonderful. So, did you ride down from eastern Pennsylvania?

 

Jim Pitman: It would have been a mighty cold ride. It was nine degrees. when I left Philadelphia. We drove straight through in a in a car. So, we did not bring bikes down. But we came with a group of people. A lot of them are from Biker Church Europe, which is where the biker Bible was produced and which we're distributing here in Daytona. They put together a special Bible for bikers. It's the New Testament actually in the New Living Translation. It has about 120 pages of testimonies in it from bikers. A lot of them are presidents of Christian bike clubs now. but they came out of some pretty rough circumstances; some of them saved in prison, some of them saved out of drug and alcohol addiction. Their testimonies are in these Bibles. So, this was put together by Biker Church Europe and we have people with us here from Sweden, from Norway, from Finland, from Poland, from Pennsylvania and from California. So, it's been it's been an exciting time. A lot of these people, it's the first time I've met them, and we're here together handing out Bibles.

 

Chris Johnson: That's very cool. Now Daytona host about a half a million people during this 10-day Bike Week. It runs every year, and this year, it's March 8th to the 17th. What do you think it is that draws motorcyclists to these types of events and to Daytona in particular?

 

Jim Pitman: Motorcyclists have kind of their own culture. There are different kinds of clubs out there. There are clubs, there are associations, but a lot of these clubs are what they call One  Percenter Clubs, and those are the really hardcore outlaw type clubs. A lot of them come just to be together. They’re a group of people that they're loyal to their country, they’re about freedom, but very few of them actually have true freedom in Christ. So, they come together because it’s like it's a bike rally. Some of them just to get drunk. It’s amazing how many people each day come down and they'll actually stop … we had multiple people yesterday stop and say could you pray for me? I don't know if I can make it back to my hotel. They were that drunk. So, they come to drink; to come to party. There's a lot of sex trafficking out here that we're seeing people coming by … you just see some of these poor girls and you look at their eyes and they just look sort of dead inside and sad. So, we're out here just praying for people, giving out scriptures. That’s all things that draw people here.

 

Chris Johnson: So, how did you how did you fund the Bibles that you're distributing this week, and how many do you plan to distribute?

 

Jim Pitman: It's interesting when we started this process, I was working with the guy out of Europe and I thought we had an aggressive vision of giving away 10,000 biker Bibles. I thought it would probably be $30,000 for those Bibles. The other team from Europe, they came back and said, no, we really feel strongly that God is calling us to do 20,000, which is twice as much. I didn’t know how we were going to raise funds for that. They said fasting and prayer. We're going to trust God, because this is His project. We're giving out his Word, it’s not our own Word; it's not our own mission it’s His mission. They said, we're going to do fasting, and we're going to do prayer. So, we started in December with three weeks of fasting and prayer. Then we moved into end of January and through February. We fasted and prayed through February with different people all around the world. I don't know how many, maybe hundreds of people fasting and praying along with us. God has now brought in over $30,000 of that need. We still have about probably $28,000 to go if anybody would like to be a part of that. We actually have a GoFundMe page that we set up. You just go to Gofundme.com and search for Biker Bibles for Daytona, you'll find our page there. If anybody would like to give, we would really appreciate it.

 

Chris Johnson: How did you get associated with this group from Europe, Biker Church Europe?

 

Jim Pitman: That was really cool. We have this we have our Multi-Language Media organization here in the U.S. in which our goal is to supply foreign language Bibles and Christian books in America. We’re part of CLC International. We work in about 60 countries, but in America, there are so many immigrants. There are over a million international students alone in America. If you look at all those coming in, some coming illegally, some immigrate legally into the country, but they're all over. There are people from Sudan, Somali, from Korea from China. They're all over. So, we sell Bibles and New Testaments in about 100 languages. It's just been amazing to see how we're able to supply … sometimes missions groups going into Haiti or who knows what. A lot of French Bibles that go out. One of the, one of the names on the back of the labels that I would see from time to time was a group called Bibles for the Nations out of Germany. So, one day I thought I had better just call these people. So, I called up and a guy named Ruhle Atkison answered the phone and we began to talk and the Lord just kind of brought us together in one spirit. He and his wife flew over to meet me in Pennsylvania. From there it just grew. They’ve done this in Europe. In fact, they just finished distributing 10,000 Bibles in the Polish prisons. They've done this in Verona in Italy, and different countries all over Europe, but never in America. They've been praying for years to come to Daytona. So, the Lord just begin to put our hearts together. We reached out to our mailing list for Multi-Language Media and a local Christian bookstore down here, which is called From My Library to Yours, said hey, we will be a part. So, right now, they're being a part as we shipped 20,000 biker Bibles to them. They sort them for us, and now they have 15 different people staying in their house. So, we're all over the floor. We're in their guest bedrooms and their kids’ bedrooms. We have a whole team of people living in this one family’s house here in Port Orange, which is right next to Daytona. So, the Lord just put this all together was a really great group of people. It's been a real blessing to watch it come together.

 

Chris Johnson: That's an interesting ministry for a Christian bookstore to get involved with.

 

Jim Pitman: They’ve been such a blessing to us. We come home and the lady whose house we're staying at, she'll cook a hot meal for 20 people almost every night. So, God has been providing just in many, many different ways. Not only that way, but out on the street here. For example, we came the other day, we had a long day and passed out about 3,000 New Testaments. Then as we were walking back to the car, there was a man sitting in the corner. He had been drinking all day long. We've talked with him multiple times, back and forth as we went and had given him a Bible. As we were walking back, we said hi to him, again, asked him how he was doing good, he's eating so he's like, you want to come and eat with me. So, he's just a guy on the corner here. We ended up sitting down and having sloppy joes with him and some other guests that came from the neighborhood. We were able for 45 minutes to share the gospel with these guys in a lot here. It was really nice.

 

Chris Johnson: You just never know how it's going to open up an opportunity for you there.

 

Jim Pitman: It's been amazing, the number of people. I had one lady yesterday come in, she was from, I think, from Bolivia. There were two people from Bolivia. I recognized the little Bolivian flag on their shirt because growing up, I was a missionary kid in Bolivia. As it turned out, she was from basically the town right next to mine in Bolivia. The man who was with her, as I gave him a Bible. They're both bikers. He said, I feel like this is a message from God for me, not just the Bible. The Bible, I know, is God's Word, but it's a message from God. You're here that you were from Bolivia. God brought you here to speak to me. The lady, we ended up praying for her and for her daughter who had was not speaking to her anymore. She's about 30. God has just been giving great opportunities. We've had multiple people give their lives to Christ already. And who knows what's happening with all these Bibles that have gone out, about 14,000 already.

 

For the rest of the interview with Jim Pitman, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Jim Pittman

 

Jim Pitman, director of Multi-Language Media, speaks to Charisma Connection host Chris Johnson about a ministry outreach to motorcycle enthusiasts held in March in Daytona Beach, Florida. Known for its Mardi Gras-type atmosphere, Daytona's Bike Week attracts a half-million people every year.

 

Pitman and volunteers from other ministries around the world are seeing salvations as they witness for Christ and are distributing copies of the Biker Bible with biker testimonies during this world-famous motorcycle rally.

 

Introduction
Chris Johnson: Welcome to Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson and we have a fun podcast. Today. We're going to head to Daytona Beach, Florida, which is just up the road from us here in Lake Mary, Florida. We're going to learn about a special ministry to reach motorcycle enthusiasts during Daytona’s world-famous Bike Week. Jim Pittman director of Multi-Language Media in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania is with us. Jim, how do you get acquainted with all these bikers out there? I know you ride.

 

Jim Pitman: We're out here in this beautiful Florida sun, so bright around here with the palm trees and all and yet we're in the middle of what is actually a pretty dark area when we talk about Daytona Bike Week. This is the first time I've been here for this, and the Lord is really doing some great things.

 

Chris Johnson; That's wonderful. So, did you ride down from eastern Pennsylvania?

 

Jim Pitman: It would have been a mighty cold ride. It was nine degrees. when I left Philadelphia. We drove straight through in a in a car. So, we did not bring bikes down. But we came with a group of people. A lot of them are from Biker Church Europe, which is where the biker Bible was produced and which we're distributing here in Daytona. They put together a special Bible for bikers. It's the New Testament actually in the New Living Translation. It has about 120 pages of testimonies in it from bikers. A lot of them are presidents of Christian bike clubs now. but they came out of some pretty rough circumstances; some of them saved in prison, some of them saved out of drug and alcohol addiction. Their testimonies are in these Bibles. So, this was put together by Biker Church Europe and we have people with us here from Sweden, from Norway, from Finland, from Poland, from Pennsylvania and from California. So, it's been it's been an exciting time. A lot of these people, it's the first time I've met them, and we're here together handing out Bibles.

 

Chris Johnson: That's very cool. Now Daytona host about a half a million people during this 10-day Bike Week. It runs every year, and this year, it's March 8th to the 17th. What do you think it is that draws motorcyclists to these types of events and to Daytona in particular?

 

Jim Pitman: Motorcyclists have kind of their own culture. There are different kinds of clubs out there. There are clubs, there are associations, but a lot of these clubs are what they call One  Percenter Clubs, and those are the really hardcore outlaw type clubs. A lot of them come just to be together. They’re a group of people that they're loyal to their country, they’re about freedom, but very few of them actually have true freedom in Christ. So, they come together because it’s like it's a bike rally. Some of them just to get drunk. It’s amazing how many people each day come down and they'll actually stop … we had multiple people yesterday stop and say could you pray for me? I don't know if I can make it back to my hotel. They were that drunk. So, they come to drink; to come to party. There's a lot of sex trafficking out here that we're seeing people coming by … you just see some of these poor girls and you look at their eyes and they just look sort of dead inside and sad. So, we're out here just praying for people, giving out scriptures. That’s all things that draw people here.

 

Chris Johnson: So, how did you how did you fund the Bibles that you're distributing this week, and how many do you plan to distribute?

 

Jim Pitman: It's interesting when we started this process, I was working with the guy out of Europe and I thought we had an aggressive vision of giving away 10,000 biker Bibles. I thought it would probably be $30,000 for those Bibles. The other team from Europe, they came back and said, no, we really feel strongly that God is calling us to do 20,000, which is twice as much. I didn’t know how we were going to raise funds for that. They said fasting and prayer. We're going to trust God, because this is His project. We're giving out his Word, it’s not our own Word; it's not our own mission it’s His mission. They said, we're going to do fasting, and we're going to do prayer. So, we started in December with three weeks of fasting and prayer. Then we moved into end of January and through February. We fasted and prayed through February with different people all around the world. I don't know how many, maybe hundreds of people fasting and praying along with us. God has now brought in over $30,000 of that need. We still have about probably $28,000 to go if anybody would like to be a part of that. We actually have a GoFundMe page that we set up. You just go to Gofundme.com and search for Biker Bibles for Daytona, you'll find our page there. If anybody would like to give, we would really appreciate it.

 

Chris Johnson: How did you get associated with this group from Europe, Biker Church Europe?

 

Jim Pitman: That was really cool. We have this we have our Multi-Language Media organization here in the U.S. in which our goal is to supply foreign language Bibles and Christian books in America. We’re part of CLC International. We work in about 60 countries, but in America, there are so many immigrants. There are over a million international students alone in America. If you look at all those coming in, some coming illegally, some immigrate legally into the country, but they're all over. There are people from Sudan, Somali, from Korea from China. They're all over. So, we sell Bibles and New Testaments in about 100 languages. It's just been amazing to see how we're able to supply … sometimes missions groups going into Haiti or who knows what. A lot of French Bibles that go out. One of the, one of the names on the back of the labels that I would see from time to time was a group called Bibles for the Nations out of Germany. So, one day I thought I had better just call these people. So, I called up and a guy named Ruhle Atkison answered the phone and we began to talk and the Lord just kind of brought us together in one spirit. He and his wife flew over to meet me in Pennsylvania. From there it just grew. They’ve done this in Europe. In fact, they just finished distributing 10,000 Bibles in the Polish prisons. They've done this in Verona in Italy, and different countries all over Europe, but never in America. They've been praying for years to come to Daytona. So, the Lord just begin to put our hearts together. We reached out to our mailing list for Multi-Language Media and a local Christian bookstore down here, which is called From My Library to Yours, said hey, we will be a part. So, right now, they're being a part as we shipped 20,000 biker Bibles to them. They sort them for us, and now they have 15 different people staying in their house. So, we're all over the floor. We're in their guest bedrooms and their kids’ bedrooms. We have a whole team of people living in this one family’s house here in Port Orange, which is right next to Daytona. So, the Lord just put this all together was a really great group of people. It's been a real blessing to watch it come together.

 

Chris Johnson: That's an interesting ministry for a Christian bookstore to get involved with.

 

Jim Pitman: They’ve been such a blessing to us. We come home and the lady whose house we're staying at, she'll cook a hot meal for 20 people almost every night. So, God has been providing just in many, many different ways. Not only that way, but out on the street here. For example, we came the other day, we had a long day and passed out about 3,000 New Testaments. Then as we were walking back to the car, there was a man sitting in the corner. He had been drinking all day long. We've talked with him multiple times, back and forth as we went and had given him a Bible. As we were walking back, we said hi to him, again, asked him how he was doing good, he's eating so he's like, you want to come and eat with me. So, he's just a guy on the corner here. We ended up sitting down and having sloppy joes with him and some other guests that came from the neighborhood. We were able for 45 minutes to share the gospel with these guys in a lot here. It was really nice.

 

Chris Johnson: You just never know how it's going to open up an opportunity for you there.

 

Jim Pitman: It's been amazing, the number of people. I had one lady yesterday come in, she was from, I think, from Bolivia. There were two people from Bolivia. I recognized the little Bolivian flag on their shirt because growing up, I was a missionary kid in Bolivia. As it turned out, she was from basically the town right next to mine in Bolivia. The man who was with her, as I gave him a Bible. They're both bikers. He said, I feel like this is a message from God for me, not just the Bible. The Bible, I know, is God's Word, but it's a message from God. You're here that you were from Bolivia. God brought you here to speak to me. The lady, we ended up praying for her and for her daughter who had was not speaking to her anymore. She's about 30. God has just been giving great opportunities. We've had multiple people give their lives to Christ already. And who knows what's happening with all these Bibles that have gone out, about 14,000 already.

 

For the rest of the interview with Jim Pitman, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

15

0:00/22:13

Seeking to Save Hardcore Bikers at Daytona's Bike Week