The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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July 6, 2013

Easy Riders: Couple receives custom motorcycle from ministry


PALESTINE — Witnessing Tool

Even from the beginning, the custom motorcycle they won has become a witnessing tool.

“After I heard the news that we won, I was going down Crockett Road. I stopped at O’Reilly’s (auto parts store) where I saw a guy with a similar bike. I pulled in and started talking to him,” Elaine said. “I showed him pictures of the bike and he was really impressed. I explained how God had given it to us through this ministry. He knew who Kenneth Copeland was so it got us in an open discussion about how good God is.”

The Tripletts are currently praying for their purpose with the bike.

“One answer is that this is an outstanding witnessing tool. Whenever I am asked about the bike, I can tell them how it came about and have the opportunity to show them the goodness of God.”

As Timothy explained, you can’t out-give God.

“We have given to a lot of ministries throughout our lives. The more you give, you reap a lot back in friendships, satisfaction in seeing lives changed and now we are seeing another return. We know God has a purpose in what he is doing,” Timothy said. “It shows us God’s willingness to meet all of our needs and desires and beyond.”

The Tripletts are members of Faith Community Church in the Harmony community.

Riding Bikes

Not only is it amazing how the Tripletts won the custom bike — it’s amazing the size of the machine that they won.

“I don’t know how fast it goes and I don’t want to find out,” Timothy joked.

The Tripletts see the bike as more of a “show bike.”

Since winning, they have taken a motorcycle class in Tyler to prepare for driving it.

Elaine has rode as a passenger on a Harley Sportster in the past and has rode a Kawasaki 125 dirt bike quite a bit.

“It was a lot of fun, especially going up the ramp — all wheels off the ground,” Elaine said. “I was lucky. I never got hurt or spilled.”

Timothy, on the other hand, has only ridden a Riverside 250cc bike made by Montgomery Ward years ago.

Strangely enough, last summer Timothy told someone, “I would never ride a motorcycle unless God told me to.”

“God doesn’t want us to be afraid of anything,” Timothy said about the irony of how God has provided a motorcycle to him. “We use wisdom to trust Him to do what He tells us to do. The safest place to be is in God’s will, doing what He told us to do.”

Around Palestine, the Tripletts are known for driving their American-made GEM electric cars around the neighborhood.

“Our electric cars only go 25 mph. Then we get this thing that has 30 times the amount of horsepower that the GEM has — quite an extreme from these conservative neighborhood vehicles that are very quiet compared to this very loud, high-powered motorcycle,” Timothy joked.

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