- Serbian Chapter President of Adventist Motorcycle Ministry Dejan Lukic said one of the most beautiful aspects of this experience was discovering God would use something about which he was passionate, which didn’t need to fit into a traditional mould, to reach others.
- “We must go to them, to the motorcycle world, rather than expecting them to come to us,” said Lukic.
- Club’s first baptism will take place in Macedonia this summer.
11 April 2022 | by Vanesa Pizzuto, from the Trans-European Division website:
It was an unusually cold and snowy day in Belgrade, Serbia. Yet that did not stop a group of friendly bikers from coming out to share the story of their motorcycle club, combining their passion for Jesus, their love for the road, and their penchant for sharing the gospel in creative ways.
Back in 2016, the Trans-European Division (TED) mission board allocated funds to support creative and innovative evangelistic initiatives such as this one.
When Dejan Lukic got involved and founded the first Serbian Adventist motorcycle club, “Three Angels,” he did not know any other Adventist bikers or similar clubs existed around the world.
“But a friend told me about Adventist Motorcycle Ministry (AMM), and I realised I was not alone; we are a much bigger family,” Lukic said. In time, Lukic recruited twelve other bikers, and joined AMM, becoming the president of the Serbian chapter.
Their mission is beautifully simple: share the gospel while doing something they love—riding bikes. They organise rides, invite their non-Christian friends, and allow conversations to flow naturally in the context of a loving, accepting community.
“People who never prayed in their lives before are willing to pray with us. We go to church with them; we ride together; we eat together… We do just that, nothing else. But the Holy Spirit works, and we have wonderful experiences,” Lukic said.
Lukic, himself, had not been a praying man before. But in his early 20s, Lukic found himself in a life-or-death situation. He had borrowed money from a loan shark and could not repay the debt. He also owed money to the electricity company, and bailiffs were chasing him.
His only asset was a car that he had received as payment for an ongoing job as a builder. But then his employer cancelled the contract and demanded he return the car.
Lukic knew he was at the end of his rope, so he prayed for the first time: “If you are up there, God… If you exist, please help me! If you save me, I will serve you.”
The following day, a family offered to buy his car. He sold it and immediately paid the loan shark. He waited for the other people to come and collect money from him, but nobody ever came, said Lukic.
He was even able to smooth things over with the former employer who had given him the car that he sold. “Nobody did for me as much as you have,” Lukic said to him sometime later. “I would never have met God if it weren’t for you!”
The meeting ended with reconciliation and a renewed friendship that lasts to this day.
Lukic became a Seventh-day Adventist about a year after God answered his desperate first prayer. He was looking for answers about the Sabbath, which led him to study the Bible and discover the Adventist Church.
Now Lukic is helping others discover God.
The motorcycle club’s first baptism will take place in Macedonia this summer, in collaboration with AMM Macedonia.
“They [bikers] are very open to talk about God,” said Lukic. “We must go to them, to the motorcycle world, rather than expecting them to come to us.”
Lukic said one of the most beautiful aspects of this experience was discovering God would use something about which he was passionate, which didn’t need to fit into a traditional mould, to reach others.
Above all, Lukic emphasises the privilege of seeing God “working through us and in us. It is something I don’t have words to describe. We don’t do something extraordinary; just ordinary stuff, but God provides the miracles.”
This article has been edited by AT staff.
(Photo: The mission of the Serbian chapter of the Adventist Motorcycle Ministry is beautifully simple: share the gospel while doing something they love—riding bikes. They organise rides, invite their non-Christian friends, and allow conversations to flow naturally in the context of a loving, accepting community. Photo via TED website.)