Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hope Tour 2012: Biker Chick for a Day

Magnificent Hope made her way to Colorado after leaving Amelia Island, and rode with Dianne E. Butts on her motorcycle on the Christian Motorcyclists Association’s annual “Run for the Son.”

Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) is an interdenominational motorcycle ministry aimed at telling motorcycle enthusiasts and others along the highways and byways about hope and salvation in Jesus Christ.

Every year on the first Saturday in May, the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) has its one and only fundraiser for the year. In the biker world, a ride is called a “run,” and the “Run for the Son” raises money for Christian missions.

Last year in 2011, Run for the Son raised over $3.7 million. The money is divided between four Christian evangelism organizations:

  • 40% stays here in the United States to be used by CMA for missions, which includes printing Christian tracts and other materials to give away to bikers and those we meet when we ride. It also helps fund CMA’s work at biker rallies like in Sturgis, South Dakota, in August, the Daytona rally in Florida in March, and many, many other biker events across the nation throughout the year.
  • 20% is given to the Jesus Film project, which takes the story of Jesus to people all over the word in their own language;
  • 20% goes to Brother Andrew’s Open Doors ministry, which provides Bibles to people in countries where access to them is restricted;
  • 20% is used by Missionary Ventures to give transportation (usually a motorcycle) to Christian Pastors in faraway lands who Pastor multiple churches but have no other transportation to get to them. CMA has also provided boats and a horse.

For Run for the Son, bikers ask friends to sponsor them for a 100 mile ride. On Saturday Magnificent Hope rode with Dianne to Westcliffe, Colorado, and met many of Dianne’s biker friends and members of Dianne’s chapter, El Shaddai Warriors.

Those are the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background. Hope knows a little Spanish, so she knows that in Spanish “sangre de Cristo” means the “blood of Christ.” Dianne’s friend explained that in the light of the morning sunrise, often the mountains appear red, reminding us of the blood Jesus Christ shed to pay for our sins, which is the magnificent hope we have in Christ.

Hope thought the view of the Sangres from Westcliffe was an absolutely magnificent sight!  The locals can tell you the names of all those “fourteeners” (mountain peaks that reach above 14,000 feet elevation above sea level). (Dianne was sorry they didn’t get her motorcycle in the photo!)

That’s Dianne’s husband, Hal. He rides a 2002 Harley Ultra. Dianne rides a 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan.

Together, Dianne and Hope raised $140.75 for Run for the Son (but Dianne gets the t-shirt). According to the mission organizations that get the money, for every $3 raised, one person comes to salvation in Jesus Christ.

[ED. NOTE: That's almost 47 people, in case you wondered! What a worthy cause - Dianne, thanks so much for sharing it with us. I wanna bike!!]

Bio: Dianne E. Butts’ book co-authored with Renee Gray-Wilburn is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Obstacles to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ, releasing from Pix-N-Pens Publishing in August 2012. Dianne’s latest book, Deliver Me: Hope, Help, & Healing through True Stories of Unplanned Pregnancy just won a “Book of the Year” award from Christian Small Publishers Association. Dianne writes frequently for print magazines, www.FindingGodDaily.com and www.TheChristianPulse.com.

Be sure to check back Friday for the first installment of  "Where in the World is Magnificent Hope?" - and your first opportunity to enter our Magnificent Hope contest for your chance to win!

1 comment:

Dianne E. Butts said...

Saturday was such a beautiful day to ride in Colorado. (The next day we got rain and snow! That's springtime in Colorado.)

Hope was such a good passenger on the back of my motorcycle. I hardly knew she was back there!