The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 6, 2013

Easy Riders: Couple receives custom motorcycle from ministry

PALESTINE — Rarely does a witnessing tool come in the form of a giant custom motorcycle — but for Timothy and Elaine Triplett of Palestine — it has.

The Tripletts were chosen to receive a custom bike made by War Eagle Motorcycles in Florida with a 127 cubic inch (2080cc) Ultima engine — worth close to $40,000 —  from a ministry they have supported for more than 30 years.

The bike was originally donated to Canaan Land Ministries, based in Autaugaville, Ala.

“The leadership, led by ministry founder Mac Gober, prayed about it and felt God say ‘sow it to their partners’ — the people who give regular donations to their ministry,” Timothy said.

During the Canaan Land Ministries’ “8 Days of Glory” conference held in October 2012 — well-known evangelist and guest speaker Kenneth Copeland drew the Tripletts’ names from a fish bowl of partners’ names.

“It was exhilarating,” Timothy said when they learned they won the bike.

“We felt very touched — like we were chosen for a reason to receive it,” Elaine added.

Though the Tripletts won the bike in October 2012 — it just arrived in Palestine this week.

“They had separate titles for the engine, transmission and parts. They had to go through a lengthy process to get a VIN (vehicle identification number) assigned to the bike,” Timothy said.

About the Ministry

In 1981, Canaan Land Ministries was founded by Mac Gober, a Vietnam veteran and former motorcycle hoodlum. Since then, Gober has helped hundreds of men turn lost and broken lives into productive and fruitful lives.

“Mac came from a broken home and had a rough life. After the war when he came home, he wasn’t treated very well and was an outlaw biker — who wasn’t with the Hell’s Angels but associated with them,” Timothy said. “I think about his testimony and how changed he was by God. Jesus really turned him around in the right direction.”

 Canaan Land is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian home. Men 18 years and older can apply to become students in the one-year residential program. Some men come to Canaan Land as an alternative to prison.

 Judges, district attorneys and probation officers work closely with the staff to help some men re-establish their good name. Some men come to Canaan Land as drifters or from broken homes, and others are recommended by pastors or friends. Most of them are battling substance abuse, alcohol or some other form of harmful addiction.

“I first heard Mac Gober speak in 1981 at Maranatha Church in Mont Belvieu. I really felt that God wanted me to support this ministry,” Elaine said, explaining how she first became involved with the ministry.

When Timothy and Elaine married, they agreed to continue supporting the ministry together.

“For 30 years we have been regular contributors,” Timothy said.

The entire program is totally free to the students and his family. The only responsibility the men have for one year is to get their life straightened out. Those who never graduated from high school can study to earn their G.E.D. Others learn skills to become carpenters, electricians, lawn maintenance, etc.

“It’s an isolated, Christ-centered environment away from the things in life that were sending them down the wrong path,” Timothy explained. “We’ve heard numerous success stories where after going through the program, wives got their husbands back serving God and children got their fathers back.

“We’ve heard graduates most commonly say that it saved their lives, restored their marriage or the relationship with their kids. It’s a wonderful ministry.”

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