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Rock N' Ride 2009: A Means of Bringing Hope to the Hopeless
By Kimberly Miller

Imagine what it would be like to be a teenager with no place to call home. Imagine what it would feel like not to have any friends.

At some point in our lives, most of us have been the “new kid” at school. What would it be like if you were the new kid all of the time? Fear, insecurity, loneliness and pain are the regular emotions that over 7,000 foster youth in San Diego County face on a daily basis. Many of the children in the County's foster care system have been there for nearly ten years. Most of them are not able to remain in one home placement for more than one year.

On Saturday, October 3, 2009, the Rock Church family will be joining together in an effort to make a difference in the lives of the broken and wounded foster youth in San Diego. This amazing blessing will take place in the form of the Rock Church’s second annual “Rock n Ride” event. The purpose of the event is to pair the Rock Church’s Motorcycle Ministry with the Step Up Ministry to raise awareness and much needed funds for the foster youth in San Diego County. Last year’s event was a tremendous success with 120 participants, 90 bikes and $4,000 raised for the foster youth program. This year we are expecting even greater results. 500 riders are expected to attend the event. 100% of the funds raised at the event, above the operating costs directly benefit the foster youth program. The event will be a huge blessing to everyone involved.

The Step Up Ministry at the Rock Church is designed to minister to the foster youth of San Diego. It has mentored over 200 foster youth, many of whom have given their lives to Jesus Christ. Not only does the ministry focus on sharing God’s word with the foster youth, but it also tries to provide them with small blessings that they would otherwise be unable to pay for like yearbooks, prom dresses, and sports equipment. The ministry is based around the principle of simplicity. It exists to bring friendship, happiness, joy, and comfort into the foster youth’s lives.

One may ask how two ministries, one that provides mentorship to the foster youth and another that revolves around the love of motorcycles could possibly work together to organize an event. The answer is found in the common denominator of pure fun and fellowship.

On the day of the event, riders will meet at Sweetwater Harley Davidson in National City. The ride will have an organized route, touring beautiful San Diego with an ending location in Point Loma. Not only will it be a great time of fellowship for the riders, but it will also draw attention as they ride. It will also enable them to be witnesses to the San Diego community. The ride will conclude with a picnic in Point Loma, where the riders, their families and the foster youth will join together for food, fun, raffle items and a wonderful day in the sun. The Rock Church’s Recycle and Mime ministries will also be present at the picnic to help make this event a tremendous success.

To register for the event, for more information or to make a donation, you can visit us online at Registration online is $25 and day of registration is $30. You do not need to be a member of the Motorcycle Ministry to participate in the event, all are welcome to come out and enjoy some fun! Also, if you do not want to participate in the ride itself, please come out and join us for the picnic.

Last year’s event was a huge success, and we can be sure that God will once again provide to make this year’s event even better. It will be amazing to make a difference in the lives of so many hurting teens. All that these young people want is to know that someone out there knows their name, cares about them, and is making small sacrifices to be there for them. Each and every one of us has something special and unique about us that we can use to positively impact the foster youth. This year’s “Rock n Ride” event is just one example, of the many ways of how we can impact those teens.

For more information about the Foster Youth Mentor Ministry, click here »