During our Missions Focus Speed-Date-a-Missionary night, we had the privilege of hearing the high-octane heart of a motorcycle missionary who oversees a ten state region as a motorcycle chaplain but also does children’s ministry at biker rallies.
Curtis Hubbell felt a call to ministry at age nine and a call to missions at age eleven. After facing and conquering a few challenges with the help of Teen Challenge, he ended up in pastoral ministry for about ten years. The cry of his heart echoed that of Isaiah, “Here am I, send me” except God kept saying “No” to his dream of foreign missions complete with a shipping container holding all of his earthly possessions.
Having been riding a motorcycle since age five, there came a pivotal moment in his life when Curtis had the opportunity to check an item off of his bucket list by attending the massive motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota. While there, he wandered off the beaten path and discovered what he called a “pile of kids” under every tree. His heart was both broken and horrified to realize that many bikers had brought their children into the sometimes sordid environment of a biker rally. He began to pray that God would protect the eyes of the children, and then that God would send someone to show those kids how much they are loved.
God answered that prayer through Curtis. What started with a portable suitcase filled with balloons, air pump, ventriloquist dummy, and a few verses on cards, has become a vibrant children’s ministry at various motorcycle rallies and swap meets across the country. In fact, eight years after starting this work full-time, Curtis and his wife Teresa now need an 18-wheeler rig to carry all of their equipment for the portable “Kidz Zone” as he runs puppet shows and preaches the gospel. Doors have opened and he was recently given access by the city to the main park in Sturgis order to continue ministering to the children, and through them, their families.
In addition to children’s ministry, Curtis is one of ten Assemblies of God motorcycle chaplains serving the nine million bikers in the United States. Part of that outreach involves the establishment of local HonorBound chapters in churches where members become part of a fellowship of believers and then receive evangelism training to continue to share the gospel with other bikers and their families.
Curtis used to worry about raising the money and support for his ongoing ministry, but was reminded that “vision is the same thing as reality when God is in it.” God took Curtis’s desire to be a missionary in full time ministry and paired it with his childhood passion for motorcycles to spread the gospel and touch families.
You can find out more about their ministry at www.thunderroadministries.org.