Updated: 07/26/2014 6:10 PM
Created: 07/26/2014 4:30 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
Motorcycle clubs often have rough-and-tumble reputations, but one left Duluth on Saturday on a mission of good will. Northland members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association helped feed starving children around the world.
About a dozen bikers rode 150 miles to Coon Rapids where they spent the day packing meals for starving children. Their passion for God called them to help out, and the journey lets them appreciate their other passion, the open road.
“Here's an opportunity that you're going to see bikers go out and do something good and do what God's called us to do,” CMA member Mark Rhodes said.
He said the club helped pack over 23,000 meals last summer, and they want to top that for the Feed My Starving Children organization.
“6,200 children die every day from starvation, and I just can't sit here and let that happen and not do something about it,” Rhodes said.
Jerry “Tripod” Griffith is a member of another religious motorcycle club, Seed of Abraham. He said it helped him clean up his act, and now helping others warms his heart.
“I wanted to get back on my motorcycle and I was afraid to because of all the other stuff I used to do, but riding for God and the right reasons made a whole different world for me,” Griffith said.
Changing the perception of bikers is an extra benefit for member Mary Jane Anderson.
“Quite often, I get that look like, 'Mary Jane grandma here you are a biker?' You know, so maybe I shock people. It's a good feeling, definitely a good feeling,” Anderson said.
They all said the rumble of a bike is the sound of freedom, and there is no denying the blessing of the wind and sun on your face.
“I do a lot of praying when I'm on my bike. It's so great to be out there in God's world,” Griffith said.
This is the second year the bikers have helped prepare meals, and they said it will likely become an annual event for the club.
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