It was a lot noisier than I imagined! That was my first impression of the 2008 Encarnacion Motorcycle Rally. CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) Paraguay became official in November 2007 when South American coordinator, Hiram Villaseñor came and held the Colors ceremony. Our first activity was participating in the Encarnacion Rally. Hundreds of bikers from all over the country came for the exposition, competitions and fellowship. CMA had the joy of serving the bikers fresh mineral water and keeping the grounds clean.
The folks at the Rally were so impressed with us "newcomers" who were always smiling and picking up trash that we were interviewed by 2 different television stations. Pictured are a few of the members with on of the interviewers and the CMA booth and banner in the background.
We were able to meet some new people, and make inroads with bikers from our neighboring cities. We are also making contacts with Christian bikers in Ciudad del Este and Iturbe that want to begin their own chapters of CMA in other parts of the country. We believe in the vision of CMA: Changing the world, one heart at a time.
CMA has 100,000 members in the United States and chapters in 24 countries. Each year, their "Run for the Son" weekend raises over a million dollars for missions and motorcycles for third world countries. Paraguay has been the recipient of 16 motocycles to date. We are grateful for this incredible partnership. Thanks for praying with us for incredible encounters this year with bikers who need the hope of Jesus.