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May 10, 2013

Wheeling in the good news

BEEKMANTOWN — Adirondacks’ Forgiven, Christian Motorcyclists Association Chapter 1172, hopes to attract many riders for its second “Run for the Son” on Saturday.

The event benefits the national association’s ministries.

“‘Run for the Son’ is the only fundraiser the CMA puts on annually, usually in May of each year,” said Basil “Matt” Matthews, president of Adirondacks’ Forgiven.

“We will ride 100 miles normally and ask for donations or sponsors. Some people give 50 cents a mile. It’s tax deductible, and we do provide a receipt.”

Last year’s “Run for the Son” raised $3,961,295 across the nation. The distribution of proceeds is: 40 percent for home missions; 20 percent for the “Jesus Film” project; 20 percent for Missionary Ventures; and 20 percent for Open Doors, a covert initiative that assists persecuted Christians in more than 50 countries.

“The ‘Jesus Film’ project translated the life of Jesus Christ under the book of Luke,” Matthews said. “It’s a film of his life and death on the cross and resurrection, explaining the Christian doctrine of salvation. That goes throughout the entire world and is brought into very remote areas. They bring in screens and generators and play old-fashioned tapes.”

Established in 1983, Missionary Ventures, an interdenominational mission, provides modes of transportation to Christian leaders globally.

“What that organization does is buys dirt bikes, small motorcycles, sometimes small boats and donkeys for means of transportation for these very remote local pastors in Third World countries to establish other churches,” Matthews said. “Rather than the walking that is usually done, we have the means to assist them with that. 

“Open Doors is an organization that provides Bibles to ‘closed countries’ — Bible-smuggling operations in some of these communist countries or in the Middle East where it is prohibited.”

The Christian Motorcyclists Association was established in 1975. There are more than 1,100 chapters nationally. “Run for the Son” is a 25-year-old benefit. Adirondacks’ Forgiven organized in August 2009.

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