Christian biker hits road for God

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
Jarrad Smith and Carlos Parisella.
Camera IconJarrad Smith and Carlos Parisella. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

A Cuballing biker is back on the road to redemption after quitting his criminal past and joining a Christian motorcycle group.

Carlos Parisella said he had never considered Christianity until he received a message from the Black Ops Ministry group.

“I have a bad past,” he said.

“I’ve been in jail several times, I was addicted to meth, drinking heaps and always ended up getting into fights.”

Mr Parisella said he had tried to change his lifestyle before, and even created his own motorcycle support social group last year. That group, Devilcity 666, had a strict “no drugs, no guns” policy.

“It just went pear-shaped, really,” he said.

“I had to shut it down because the people that got involved started having conflict. But the people I’ve met through the Christian group are different. They make me feel better, they don’t do drugs or drink — it’s changed me.”

Last Disciples MC member Jarrad Smith, from Melbourne, said the club strived to be “a threat to none and friends to all”.

Mr Smith, who is better known as “Solja” in his community, came to Cuballing last week to visit Carlos and do a Disciple Run.

“We are not a club, but a Christian Men’s Group,” he said.

“We all ride cruiser motorcycles and choose to wear black-and-white clothing, which to us represents the solidarity of the Bible.”

Mr Smith said he had battled with addiction himself, but being a part of LDMC filled a void in his life.

“The definition of addiction is dependency and I’ve learned now to be dependent on God,” he said.

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