By Jon Johnson
GILA VALLEY – The Fall tinge is in the air and the members of the Dead To Sin Motorcycle Ministry invite anyone with a bike to join them on their third annual bike run to help put a smile 0n a child’s face for Christmas.
The Dead To Sin MM Bike Run will take place Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Bashas parking lot. Those interested should arrive between 8:30 and 9 a.m. for registration. Kickstands will be up at 10 a.m. and the fresh air will be flowing as everyone in the group heads out on their ride to Silver City, N.M., and back.
It costs just $15 to join in on the ride, or, if your old lady or old man wants to come along on the same hog, it’ll be just $5 extra.
Dead To Sin Motorcycle Ministry is a group of guys (currently all of whom go to New Life City Church) who minister to bikers and non-bikers about Jesus Christ and do regular fundraiser rides for children with cancer and other benefits. Their purpose, according to member Gary “Doc” Garcia, is to build relationships and encourage fellowship between family, friends, and members.
All proceeds benefit Project Luke, which has been putting smiles on children’s faces in the Gila Valley for the past 13 years. Each year, the project benefits 200 individuals in the community who otherwise would possibly not have such a happy holidays. The project invites less-fortunate families in the area and those living in the Mt. Graham Safe House to a banquet where they are waited on by the movers and the shakers of the Gila Valley. The culmination is a visit from Santa Claus, bringing presents and gifts to all the boys and girls and some parents too. It is fundraising events such as the Dead To Sin Bike Run, that assists in paying for the event and toys.
“It’s for a good cause,” Garcia said. “Project Luke has given Christmas to a number of families over the years, and we want to continue to help with that. It’s Christmas for families that wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford Christmas.”
After returning from Silver City, the riders will gather at the FFF Clubhouse and hold raffles and door prizes. The group’s goal is to have 50 riders join them, but they encourage the more the merrier.
12) He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13) But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind. 14) And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”