ANDERSON — Irene Silva remembers hanging out with 20 of her fellow motorcyclists on their cycles outside a church in New Castle. Some were dressed in their usual biker gear — complete with leather chaps — when two elderly women came walking out of the sanctuary.
They took one looked at the group of bikers and ran back into the church.
“They thought we must be (biker gang) Hell’s Angels,” the Anderson resident said, laughing. “They didn’t realize we’re Heaven’s Angels, because we came to pray for their church.”
It’s just one way she and other members of Prodigal Posse, East Central Indiana’s chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA), are breaking biker stereotypes.
The group combines two of its members’ greatest loves: motorcycles and God.
One way they’re doing it is with Run for the Son, a ride that raises money for the national organization. On May 3, CMA chapters across the country will host rides to raise money for three ministries: Jesus Film Project, Missionary Ventures and Open Doors.
The 2013 Run for the Son raised more than $3.9 million nationally, according to CMA’s website. Silva said Indiana ranked No. 2 in fundraising last year, behind Texas.
Prodigal Posse’s 2014 Run for the Son will start at 10 a.m. May 3 at Acceleration Power Sports, 3165 Indiana 9 N. Registration starts at 9 a.m.
The ride costs $15 per driver and $10 per passenger unless they raise $100 to donate.
It’s usually a 100-mile ride, and the group will take a break and meet up with some other motorcyclist groups at Gaither Resource Center in Alexandria for about a half hour. The ride will conclude in Muncie.
Prodigal Posse meets the third Sunday of each month, except April’s meeting is this Sunday because of Easter last week. Instead of a church, they always meet at 4:30 at Arby’s, 8989 S. Factory Shops Blvd., Daleville.