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Riding for the son: In a Christian motorcycle club

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Mounted on their metal horses, they race down the highway en route to a service at the nearby church.

Heads turn and people look up from their phones as the CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) drives to a small non-biker church for Sunday non-denominational service to spread the Word of God.

Motorcycle gangs and clubs are often associated with the tough, often banned, motorcycle clubs like Hells Angels, Bandidos and Warlocks.

A CMA member and his friend pray during a weekly service in Midrand, Johannesburg

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Members of the CMA Chapter Midvaal ride with other club bikers from their church in Vereeniging to a township church in nearby Sebokeng, Johannesburg

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A pastor prays at the funeral service of legendary local biker ‘Crusty’ Barnes at CMA church in Midrand

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A CMA member known simply as ‘H’ displays his Christian rings and armband during the annual CMA National Rally in South Africa

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In contrast, the CMA, founded in 1975 by Arkansas Pastor Herb Shreve, aims to bring the word of God to the biker communities they ride with.

Established in 1980, CMA South Africa has more than 1,000 members in most cities across the country. It is a multi-denominational, multi-ethnic ministry and uses “friendship evangelism” within the biker community to try to reach bikers who may need help and who can ultimately give their lives to God and become members.

Members of the CMA Midvaal Chapter listen to a chapter member preach at their biker church in Vereeniging

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Three members of the CMA embrace during the annual CMA rally

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Township residents watch as members of the CMA’s Midvaal Chapter ride out of their church

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A CMA member sits astride her motorcycle as she prepares to ride

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Her ministry also includes praying for safe driving, new bikes at the club, supporting motorcyclists and motorcyclists in the hospital, and traveling to motorcycle rallies to offer support at their stands.

By taking the Bible to the streets and to fellow motorcyclists, the CMA seeks to bring the Word of God into an often misunderstood and feared culture.

The newly patched CMA member, Pastor Dr. Danny Molapisi (left), raises his arms in prayer at his local parish church in Sebokeng Township

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Pastor Mozzy Delpeche leads a rider into a bath as he baptizes her during a weekly service at the CMA Midvaal Chapter in Vereeniging

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People raise their hands as they pray

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CMA members say goodbye to a family as they begin their 700km drive home after their annual rally

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A member jumps to raise hands during a church band performance at the annual CMA South Africa National Rally

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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