August 2, 2013

Christian bikers start new chapter

Association forms club in northern Franklin County

MALONE — A dedicated group of motorcycle riders wants more members to serve, inspire and comfort other bikers who may not have, and want, a relationship with God.

The Malone chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association is getting off the ground with six members already reaching out to others.

The group needs at least 11 people to be a full-fledged chapter, said Doug Lamondie of Constable, who along with his wife, Carolyn, is spearheading the local effort.

“We serve the biker community, but we are really out to relieve one heart at a time,” he said. “We minister all over and try to get to any biker clubs around.”

Lamondie said he and the Malone members are being mentored and trained by Christian bikers in the association’s chapter in Plattsburgh, Adirondack Forgiven.

Training involves getting “to know how to greet or get involved with the people. We learn the dos and don’ts on how to reach all of the biking community,” he said.

The couple said their willingness to serve and sincere efforts to get to know bike-club members without preaching to them goes a long way to building trust and credibility.

“We just want to be servants,” Carolyn said. “We don’t push the Bible, our beliefs or religion on anyone. They see our service, and long-term, we might get one or two bikers who want us to pray with them.

“They have to trust you so you can spread the light of Jesus into dark places,” she said.

Doug said a 10-minute conversation about his own testimony about coming to Christ is enough to encourage the people he meets to open up.

“I asked Jesus into my heart, and he came,” Lamondie said. “And the feeling you get, you know you’re loved.”

And his approach to help others find that feeling?

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