The redeemed Christian Motorcycle Ministry visit the
Wakatipu Retirement Home in Queenstown last week. Pictured
on the bike is Margaret Smith, with bike owner and ministry
president Amos Ale-Perese. Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
When you think of men on motorcycles you don't often
associate them with retirement home visits or church call-ins,
but one group of men recently travelled from Auckland to
Dunedin doing exactly that.
The Redeemed Christian Motorcycle Ministry have so far raised
$2300 towards the cost of six motor scooters for use by aid
groups in Burma.
A varying number of motorcyclists - between 10 and 30 members
- started in Auckland and called in at churches in Levin,
Nelson, Greymouth and Queenstown, preaching their Christian
message and informing listeners about the atrocities
committed under military rule in Burma. Christian Motorcycle
Ministry president Amos Ale-Perese said the men had also been
sharing their stories about why and when they became
The ministry essentially, but not exclusively, comprises
those who have turned to God at some stage of their life and
On Thursday night ministry members spoke at the City Impact
Church, and later accepted a donation of $1140, which Mr
Ale-Perese said was extremely generous of Queenstown people.
The men rode to Dunedin the next day to speak at the Newlife
Ministry member Harry Manihera said the group hoped to raise
up to $6000 for the scooters. He said the group aimed to
affect people's lives at a local and national level and that
travelling on motorcycles was a really effective way of doing
Queenstown's branch of the ministry began only last October
and the men would like to see a branch opened in Dunedin.
Mr Manihera said all riders were welcome to join them -
Christian and non-Christian, male and female.
He said a lot of the growth of the group had been from gang
associations, some of whom had been in prison.
''A lot have come out of prison and a lot had turned their
backs on their families and on God.''
''We're about family. We're about Christian faith and we're