The Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) has been raising millions of dollars for mission trips for two decades, and Saturday, May 5, its members will celebrate their 20th annual Run for the Son, a sponsored bike ride to pay for their ministry.
They are a nondenominational Christian organization that raises awareness of the Gospel in the motorcycle community
both in the United States and abroad.
We bring Christianity to 22 countries around the world, some where religion is not allowed, CMA member Danny Couzzourt said.
Joining the national association will be dozens of Romans, members of CMA Chapter 670, the Soul Seekers. We try to reach out to motorcyclists who do not know Christ, Danny Couzzourt said. Some people have never known religion.
We just give them a choice, and if they are interested, we can provide them with information or a Bible, Elaine Couzzourt said.
To raise money to continue their mission, CMA members collect sponsors and ride to spread the light of Jesus to every nation. This year, members from Rome and Marietta will head to DeSoto Falls State Park for a time of prayer.
Money from sponsors will be split between purchasing Bibles for missions outside the United States, purchasing motorcycles for those leading those missions, supporting a movie called Jesus Film, as well as missions in this country.
Danny and Elaine Couzzourt got into CMA last year. After a battle with colon cancer and then depression, Danny Couzzourt had moved away from the church. But at a bike rally he met one of the Soul Seekers and found a path back to spirituality.
Ive come out of my depression and back in the church where I belong, he says of the CMA. I enjoy my relationship with Christ, and I have always enjoyed riding bikes. This gives me a chance to witness to others.
Bike rallies may not seem an ideal planting ground for sowing seeds of any theology, but Soul Seekers believe these grounds are ideal.
Weve been there, Elaine Couzzourt said. We can relate to these people. We dont approach them as a Christian; you approach them as a person, and if they are looking for help, we can offer it.
This year the CMAs national goal is to raise $3.5 million. Roman bikers have a more modest goal of $6,000.
Anyone interested in participating can meet at Lowes in Rome at 10 a.m. with kick stands up by 10:30 a.m. Your transportation need not have a kickstand; cars and trucks are also welcome to ride.
The Soul Seekers meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Landmark Restaurant in Rome. Visitors are welcome and dinner is at 6 p.m. The meeting is held at 7 p.m. For additional information contact Gary Zimmerman at 770-748-7062 or Harold Stanley at 706-629-7061.
RELAY FOR LIFE AUCTION/DINNER
Coming off the heels of a full weekend of fun courtesy of the Cedar Valley Arts Festival, Cedartown and Polk County residents have yet another chance to get out of the house and enjoy themselves.
This Friday, the City of Cedartown will host their fifth annual Relay for Life benefit auction. Themed, A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship, the auction will feature a sit-down filet mignon dinner.
The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. at the Cherokee Golf and Country Club and tickets can be purchased at City Hall for $25.
The event is sponsored by Shepherd Tree and Sweeping Service and R.J. Wood and Company.
Cedartown City Manager James Stephens may be able to feel the summer sun a little better if he loses out on a bet. Stephens agreed to shave his head at the benefit auction for a $1,000 donation to the Relay for Life campaign.
Donations to the fundraiser can be made at City Hall.
Coming up on Saturday and Sunday, the fourth annual Old Mill Pond Native American Festival will be held in Aragon.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and grand entry will take place Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Pets are welcome, but must be on a leash. Admission is $3 per person, children under 10 admitted free. For more information, call 770-748-8816.