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Christian bike rally hopes to leave bad economy in their rear view mirror
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Bikers lined up rubbing their engines ready to cruise, motorcycles of different styles gleaming in the sunlight and sounds of Christian bands jamming in the background are what people can expect to see on Saturday at the “Carry the Fire Bike Rally” at BackRoad Choppers in Delhi.  
Pastor Alan and Sharon Garren from Master’s Touch World Ministries in Escalon have been working on a Christian-focused bike rally for the past 17 months.  
They came together with Pastor Dean and Gayla WIlson from New Life International Ministries of Delhi and Pastors Felix and Vedie Daclan from Shepherds Heart International Ministries of Stockton to make the event happen.    
“As I began looking upon the faces of individuals — from contractors to people in grocery stores, from the streets to the pews — I realized that there was a look of despair... that was common,” Garren said. “I knew then that it was time to do something to lift the joy level in people’s lives. The whole purpose of this rally is to bring hope and encouragement to our communities in the midst of this recession.”  
Registration for the bike ride will begin at 9 a.m. and the cost for the rider is $10 and $5 for the passenger, he said. The bike ride is a short loop around Delhi which is about 75 miles and will take approximately an hour and a half.  The bike ride will start at 10 a.m.   
The bike cruise is the biggest entertainment for this event but there will also be a wide range of activities for others who do not ride.  
There will be a free hotdog barbecue lunch, jump houses for the children and five live bands performing. The bands attending the event will be Frank Brown and the Chosen Generation from Stockton, Call to Arms of Modesto’s Calvary Temple, Lion of Judah from Lion of Judah Motorcycle Ministry, Isaiah from Fresno and The Kit Lloyd Band of Turlock.  
There is no charge for food or enjoying the bands. The only fee is for the bike ride.  
“We wanted to give the people time to relax and have a good, fun time free of charge,” Garren said.  
This is the first year they are having this event and they plan on doing it every year, he said. Garren wants to expand the event for next year, and said he hopes to bring the event to the Turlock fairgrounds.   
“I just believe that the kingdom of our Lord wants us all to remember that no matter what this world looks like, we are to look up, for there is hope,” Garren said.   
To contact Maegan Martens, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2015.