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Local Organization Blesses the Bikes of Thunder Beach

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Thunder beach draws thousands of motorcyclists to the Bay County area twice a year.

The rally last three days and is spread out over nine different venues throughout Panama City Beach.

Amid the chrome and roar of engines members of one organization use their passion for motorcycles to connect with other bikers.

Members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association(CMA) do more than just ride.

"Our main purpose is to witness to bikers, where the bikers are like at the rallies and poker runs," said Ken Thorndyke, member of CMA.  

"We are a ministry and we want to reach out to these bikers," said Francis Barrett, chapter president.  "..the bikers that are coming to rallies who may not know Jesus."

At each Thunder Beach rally, they perform bike blessings for anyone feels the need.

"Basically we like to send the folks out with a prayer and the blessing, so they are covered," said Thorndyke. "We do bike blessings in the spring and in the fall. It's an individual opportunity to get with the bikers, stand by their bike, pray with them, bless their bike and just see if they have any prayer needs."

The group is part of a bigger organization that performs ceremonies like these all over the US.

"We all love to ride and we all love the lord.. so, we just combine those two into a ministry," said Barrett.

They set-up stations, at each of the event venues, to lend a helping hand.

"We are here to minister to any body and everybody whether its sunscreen, First aid for muffler burns or whatever," said Thorndyke. "It's like the patch says we are here if you need us."

Some bikers, like Jon Spears, depend on this sort of thing year after year.

"Well I always come out to the blessing of the bikes, I have been in a couple of accidents but I always come out pretty good," said Spears. "I have always been blessed."

The CMA also raises money for charity throughout the year and is always looking for new members to help out.

If you are interested they meet every second Saturday of the month at the Egg and I, on Thomas Drive. The meetings are at 9am, they welcome anyone to attend.