Costa Rica's Bikers for Christ

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CWN.com - High school students of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast have gathered for a visit from a very special group - a motorcycle club.

In the midst of games, pictures and demonstrations of biker skills, there is a pause and an unexpected message.

"I don't know what need your family may have, but God needs a human body, a human being to come into your home and that human being could be you," said biker Roy Loaiza of "Soldiers for Jesus."

Soldiers for Jesus is a movement that started in the United States.

The group came to Latin America when Alex Camacho, a former highway rebel, was looking for a way to combine his love for God with his passion for motorcycles.

"We began with just five people," Camacho said. "Now the group has about 70 people and we've seen how a biker comes and brings his whole family."

Every Friday, they get together to worship God, pray and share Bible teaching. At the same time, their children have their own classes.

They realize that they're not your normal Bible study group, but according to Alex, their appearance can be a plus.

"He looks like a biker and what he likes, and God had has shown us that with our motorcycles, we can serve Him," Camacho added.

Young people especially are attracted to these two-wheeled vehicles, so the Soldiers take advantage of that interest to share their message with them.

Even so, some Christian circles have criticized the group for their long hair, tattoos, earrings and overall appearance.

Allan Rodriguez, the road captain for the Soldiers, believes that God gave him that appearance.

"maybe that's why God gave us these bikes and this appearance, so that we could approach these people and say, 'Hi, maybe I look worse than you do, but I have something special in my heart I want to share with you,'" Rodriguez said.

To do that, the Soldiers often travel with groups of secular bikers.

CBN News joined them for on outing with the Angels of Steel.

One of their members is named Jorge Villarreal "Shultz," who has seen something special in the Soldiers for Christ.

"Just because they're a Christian group doesn't mean they go around pointing fingers and telling people what's wrong with them," Shultz said.

The Soldiers say they want their message to be clear.

"With our appearance, we can convey a different message of life and hope for a person who dresses like we do," shared Camacho. "But if you approach him in a suit and tie, he won't pay attention to you."

Hear it from another Soldier for Jesus.

"I think Jesus was never like that," said Orlando "Lobo" Marin. "He was never closed-up inside four walls. He was always going everywhere, and that's the way we are. In our case, we've in a church on wheels."

Although anyone is welcome at their meetings, not all can war the three-part badge that identifies the Soldiers.

Those who want them have to prove their faithfulness to God over time. And just as it is earned, it can also be lost.

Today, several members are receiving the first part of their badge. Others, like Javier Ordenana,are getting the third and final emblem.

He says he has drawn closer to God through the experience of riding a bike.

"As they say, one with the universe, but not just that; it's God's creation and being in touch with it," said Ordenana.

With testimonies like these, the Soldiers believe that their mission is more needed now than ever before.

"while many of us are getting spiritually fat in church, there are souls that are being lost every weekend.

And so it is that on or off the highway, these soldiers focus on only one objective, which is bringing others to Jesus.

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