CMA National Run Report.
Well it’s all over now folks.
A HUGE Thank you to the team who worked together to make this years National Run come off so well.
THURSDAY:This day saw over 20 CMA members from around our country do the International Training and earn the right to wear the patches if they so desire.
FRIDAY: Saw the National Executive have a meeting in the morning, while Dereck & TJ took a few riders up the mountain and down to Moolooaba for a ride and after 1pm CMA bikers from around Australia checked in for the National Run at Watson Park. There was about 80 participants from every State except the Northern Territory. Welcomes followed dinner and the State Reports as well as fellowship.
Saturday: Devotions by Danny and Suzie and at 10am saw over 40 bikes and 4 cars join us in THE NATIONAL RUN winding our way through the back blocks and going past busy areas like Shorncliffe, Sandgate, Brighton, Woody Point, Redcliffe and having a picnic lunch in Scarborough. However it rained a bit and so we broke into 2 groups after lunch and both groups did a short ride back to Watson Park. We had a few CMA Qld members join us who weren’t at the National run which added fellowship to the ride.
After dinner we were entertained by the Old Boys Gospel Band who really put on a great show for us followed by worship songs to finish with. We had a freewill offering to raise funds for their work in Prison Ministry and gifted them $1072. They were blessed as much as we were blessed by them. Walter from the Bikers Church in Redcliffe gave an inspiring message. Supper and fellowship followed and ended a great day.
SUNDAY: At 10 am we gathered to worship our Lord together under a wonderful worship team from Bracken Ridge Baptist Church. Dave Woodwood from the Door of Hope Church in Maryborough gave a moving message and we shared communion as well as heard a testimony from Dan McGinty from NSW CMA. Chris Pilgrim, our National Coordinator handed out the patches to those who had done the International training on the Thursday as well as a few who had completed it earlier in the year. An offering raised nearly $900 for Bike 4 Pastors.
Morning Tea followed church and then the State photos as well as one HUGE group photo of all who attended.
Free time after lunch saw some go for a ride, some watch the Moto Grand Prix and others rest or socialise at the coffee shop that our wonderful ladies on the Qld team had set up.
That night after dinner, there were various awards given out as well as an award for the best photo on the way to the National Run.
Later that night we watched a movie on the big screen God’s not Dead 2 before supper and turning in.
MONDAY: The official close of the National Run at breakfast time with quite a few people heading off home leaving about 20 riders for the post run ride. Rain saw us asking God WHY??? We rode to Ricks Café in Palmwoods for a coffee and the continued up to Noosa as the rain only got a lot worst. After lunch we all headed back and decided we weren’t riding on Tuesday if the weather was going to do the same to us again. That night we watched The Shack on the big screen before supper fellowship and bed.
TUESDAY: Raining AGAIN we decided to get into our cars and took everyone up to Montville for coffee and a look around, then down to Secrets on the Lake for lunch on Baroon Pocket Dam. Very enjoyable and memorable for all. Back to camp for free time and after dinner the movie Wild Hogs was played and there were laughs all around.
WEDNESDAY: After breakfast we cleaned up and saw our interstate riders head off in various directions. A smaller team stayed to clean the venue and thank our hosts. We all agreed that Watson Park proved to be a wonderful place to hold the National Run.
FINAL WORD: I cannot thank enough the team who worked together to make this all happen. Hundreds of hours was spent by a dedicated few and I feel we, as QLD CMA, can say that this years CMA National Run was a great success. My sincere THANK YOU to a team who all worked well together and did their part in pulling it all together. I Praise God for a great weekend and when asking Him respectively later, Why all the rain LORD, all I heard Him say was My ways are not your ways. I believe our God blessed this weekend even with the rain and many people from across our CMA family were blessed this weekend through time together in fellowship. I heard a well respected leader from South Australia say that this was the best National Run he had been to so far.
Praise God ALWAYS and for EVERYTHING. He makes all things work for His good purposes.
God bless you all from all over Australia, and I thank you for attending. Looking forward to the National Run in Tasmania in 2018.
Stephen Boevink. Qld President, CMA.