By Russel Boyce
Christian Motorcyclists Association
The Christian Motorcyclists Association have over 1000 members nationally
The Christian Motorcyclists Association started in the UK nearly 30 years ago when an advert was placed in the Motorcycle News.
Since then the club membership has grown to be nearly 1000 strong.
The club is divided nationally into about 22 main branches with new ones being added each year.
The local branch is Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire and it stretches from Boston across to Grantham and up to York and across to Bridlington.
In terms of activities we do many things, from looking after the marshals and enjoying the racing at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, to visiting sick bikers in hospital, to brewing teas and coffees and meeting bikers at large meetings.
Part of our work is to lead church services and we have even been known to visit prisons. Strangely enough, prison is one place where we never get given a hard time, the bikers all say we have earned their respect.
Why Do We Do It?
I am sat on a windswept field having slept in a cold draughty tent getting wet, why am I doing this? If I am sat in a nice sunny corner of the field the answer is easy.
I am confronted by questions to which I do not know the full or meaningful answer.
I am faced with a group of menacing looking bikers, why am I doing this?
The answer is always that we do it to show the love of God exists in a practical face-to-face way. Sometimes we will find ourselves outside the 'comfort zone'.
Sometimes this is a purely physical thing being wet and cold. At other times it is being tested on our knowledge of the bible and its meaning for life. Sometimes the threats and fears come from within our own heads when they really are not there.
We need to remember a few things:
1) We are on a God given task.
2) He will see we are not tested beyond our limits.
3) We need prayer support and good organisation.
4) We need to plan for the maximum effect before the event and make sure everyone knows what he or she is doing.
It is easy for new Christians to get swept up by the enthusiasm of the moment. Equally it is easy for older ones to dampen down ideas with 'it will never work', 'we tried that before', and 'they are not our target group'.
Rob Whittaker a speaker at Capernwray once compared new and old Christians in a church to two teams of horses pulling in opposite directions. The older Christians were the old plough horses pulling the old familiar ways and the new Christians the stallions trying to gallop off, full of energy.
At the same talk he talked about maximising effort and talked about himself as a preacher, finding he was spending all week driving from place to place and finding when he got back to his main congregation he was wiped out. That was until a member who was a professional driver offered to take on the driving, leaving him to concentrate on what he was good at.
Non of us are good at everything. The key is finding people within the branch or the supporting church who can take on the bits that you are not good at.
If they can look after the organisation or the prayer support, this leaves us free to do the bit we are good at - meeting and talking with bikers.
A point I have made before within church is that you don't always need to be a hardened biker to make a cup of tea or to care for someone who is tired or distressed. You just need to listen.
Let us all listen to others, be alert to talents around us, and we can harness from others. We must remember why we are doing our evangelism in the first place, then we will be more effective.