May 10, 2013

Wheeling in the good news

By ROBIN CAUDELL Press-Republican

---- — 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.

The interdenominational and evangelistic association’s vision is “Changing the world, one heart at a time.” 

“We minister the gospel of Jesus Christ primarily to the motorcycle community,” Matthews said. “We have 40 local members in our chapter. We will travel to the local motorcycle events, rallies and clubhouses. We support many of their benefit functions. We look for the opportunity to build relationships with other motorcyclists and all types of clubs out there. We look for opportunities of mutual respect, love and to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the motorcycling community.”

The chapter’s monthly meetings are held at 10:30 a.m. the last Saturday of each month at Turnpike Wesleyan Church, 2224 Military Turnpike in Plattsburgh. The group’s Bible class meets there also at 6:30 p.m. every other Saturday.

“We go over a book and break down Bible scriptures and how it applies to us individually and as a group,” Matthews said.

Preregistration for “Run for the Son” is from 9 to 10 a.m. at the VFW Post 1466 on Spellman Road in Beekmantown. The ride begins at 10:30 a.m.

“It’s a local loop. We will hit some of the local state and local highways and county highways to make it as scenic and as safe as we can. We have a road captain that plotted the course. We will do a safety briefing on a blow horn and say a prayer over the bikers and our staff who will be leading that ride,” he said.

At noon, a barbecue picnic, weather permitting, will be held at the VFW’s pavilion.

A. Forgiven Band — Holly Parks (worship leader and keyboards), Debra Long (vocalist), William Long (guitar), Richard DuBrey (drums), Dick Adams (harmonica), Douglas LaMondie (guitar) and Daniel Elder (bass guitar) — will perform.

“We will be playing for two-and-half hours, both Christian and upbeat music,” Matthews said.

“We hope for a good turnout. We did this two years ago. We had 120 in attendance. We’re hoping to get between 150 and 200,” Matthews said. 

“We are looking for people to come on board. We have Wesleyans, Nazarenes, Charismatics and Catholics. We’re united. The differences in religious doctrine don’t mean anything. The gospel of Jesus Christ is what we focus on.”

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IF YOU GO WHAT: "Run for the Son." WHEN: Saturday. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. Departure is at 10:30 a.m. At noon, there will be a barbecue with live music by A. Forgiven Band. WHERE: VFW Post 1466, 327 Spellman Road, Beekmantown. ADMISSION: $15 (includes barbecue) for riders. $5 for non-riders. Children 12 and under free. CONTACT: Matt at 534-2556