One of the all time best preaching experiences I’ve had was in a holiness campmeeting in North Carolina. The campmeeting was well over 100 years old. In every way but one they were typical of campmeetings that I have been in all over the country. What set them apart was that they rented their facility all year long to a biker’s ministry.
AND THE BIKERS PARTICIPATED IN THE CAMPMEETING!
This created a wonderful contrast all week long. I watched men in black leather with names like Moses and Striper carry the cafeteria trays for elderly women. The choir at the evening services were half holiness folk and half former biker renegades. The special music one night was “The Old Rugged Cross” sung by a long haired and life worn man in a leather vest and a not so appropriate tattoo on his forearm. I could tell he really did cherish the cross!
One of the best things that week was a testimony I heard one on one from a young man they called “Biker Bill.” He told me about being born into a mafia family in NYC. He shared about his adolescence and rebellion. Then he told me about the accident with a forklift. It left one of his feet broken and crooked. He never had it fixed, so he walked with a limp. The other bikers would get him to show it to people to gross them out.
One night after he was welcomed into the ministry at the campmeeting, he went back to his dorm room still singing the new worship songs he was learning. He sat in his straight wooden chair in that simple dorm room singing songs of love to Jesus.
He told me that while singing, he started hearing a strange noise. He didn’t stop singing, but he looked around the room to try and figure out where the noise was coming from. He focused on the floor near him and then on his crooked foot. He raised it up in front of him while still singing. . .
The noise was coming from his foot. He watched as the crooked foot become straight! He was listening to the bones being moved without any pain. The One whom he was singing love songs to was healing him. The miracle was confirmed by many witnesses because he had grossed so many of them out beforehand.
Biker Bill encountered the healing love and power of Jesus. You can too. Worship Jesus today and ask Him to heal you.