Riders organizing a new chapter of CMA
Members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) ride not only for the love of riding, they ride with a mission. The Association serves as an outreach for bikers that want to ride and witness for the Lord.
CMA is an international organization that began in Arkansas in Hatfield, near Mena, in the mid-1970's. It is a non-denominational service organization that has different ministries included prayer warriors, children's ministry, first aid team, a mechanics team, a jail ministry and more.
Several local riders including Harley and Rena Bradley of Blytheville and Ray Dill of Manila, have been associated with the Jonesboro Chapter, "Fault Line Riders" for several years.
They are interested in starting a new Chapter in the area and will have an organizational meeting Thursday at Kelley's Restaurant, Highway 18 bypass, in Manila. Eating will begin at 6 p.m. and a meeting will follow beginning at 7 p.m.
"Anyone that would like to know more about CMA, or would like to be a part of a Christian group is encouraged to attend the meeting," Bradley said.
Some Chapters are made up of particular types of motorcycles. Bradley explained that the new Chapter being formed will be open for all types of motorcycles. Being a biker is not a requirement.
Mrs. Bradley pointed out there is a need for people and if they prefer to drive vehicles, they can join the work of the CMA.
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley helped start the Jonesboro Chapter and several area bikers have expressed their desire to start a local chapter.
CMA members choose a team they would like to serve on and earn their colors. Mr. Bradley is on the prayer team and Mrs. Bradley is on the music team.
"We especially enjoy reading Bible stories to the children when we get together.
Bradley said when the CMA attend meets with secular clubs they are usually asked to take care of the gate.
"Most respect our organization and the work that we do. We do not get into doctrine we are a Christian group that want to use our riding for the Lord," Bradley said.
The CMA raises money each year to provide motorcycles for pastors in the Third World Countries that need a way to take their work to the people in the remote villages.
Mr. Bradley is the Mississippi County Tax Assessor. He has been riding motorcycles since he was a young teenager. Mrs. Bradley has been riding with her husband for several years and recently got her own motorcycle. She said she is still a little nervous riding on her own.
"We realize that people can't go to every meeting but the CMA gives people the opportunity to give as much time as they can," Bradley said.
For more information about CMA, interested persons may call Bradley at (870) 763-1839 or Dill at 561-3717.