Keeney is a member of an organization known as the Christian Motorcyclists Association- an international group of bikers dedicated to making a difference in their communities while spreading the word of their faith. The group annually participates in a fundraiser called “Run for the Son” to help fulfill that mission and the local Lake of the Ozark C.M.A. chapter “Fishers of Men” raised $5,000 a year ago.
Glen Keeney lived up to his word.
Keeney is a member of an organization known as the Christian Motorcyclists Association- an international group of bikers dedicated to making a difference in their communities while spreading the word of their faith. The group annually participates in a fundraiser called “Run for the Son” to help fulfill that mission and the local Lake of the Ozark C.M.A. chapter “Fishers of Men” raised $5,000 a year ago. This year, the goal was $10,000 and Keeney promised to shave his head and beard once that mark was met.
Well, the clippers came out during the group’s monthly meeting in June because the group raised over $15,000 during the course of the past year.
“It was pretty exciting to get rid of it because it was hot out there. I’ve been married 29 years, have not had it off since then and my wife did not like it off,” Keeeny joked about his beard.
“They (C.M.A.) loved it. They say that every dollar we raise, one soul gets saved so 15,000 souls might have been saved.”
According to the organization’s website, the C.M.A. started in 1975 as a nonprofit to help spread the word of Christianity to bikers and is now in 40 different countries with 1,365 chapters in the United States. The first “Run for the Son” event had a goal of providing a motorcycle to a pastor in Guatemala and has now provided transportation to more than 13,900 pastors, evangelists and Christian workers around the world. Keeney noted the organization has even bought a camel for one preacher.
The website also stated that by partnering with like-minded ministries, the fruits from “Run for the Son” has seen the message spread to 194 countries with over $78 million being raised that has resulted in 28.4 million salvations over the past 32 years. It notes that a C.M.A. member is spreading the message of Christianity to someone every 44 seconds and it leads someone towards the faith every 48 minutes.
Keeney said his chapter stays busy with different things like helping different clubs and charities, hosting cookouts, bible studies, church visits and prison runs as well where the bikers hand out Bibles and preach Christianity to inmates as well. The group raises funds at different events around town, including auctions, and has also received donations from churches with the goal of hitting the mark before that first Saturday in May.
The “Fishers of Men” also help out during big events like the annual Bikefest in the Lake area, host a cookout during the Dogwood Parade in Camdenton and participates with the Patriot Guard holding flags up during the funerals of service members.
If anyone is in need, Keeney and the bikers will do what they can to help.
“I like the brotherhood. If a person is down we pick up for them and help someone in need,” Keeney pointed out among things like preaching the gospel, helping someone on the side of the road, buying diapers or simply just giving someone a little bit of money whenever he can.
To Keeney, a motorcycle represents the bond he had with his brother James before he passed away. Keeney and his brother had looked at different biker organizations and none had the right feel until they came across the C.M.A., about nine years ago. Keeney started going to meetings, liked what he saw and currently serves as the Lake area chapter’s Vice President.
He has been paying it forward ever since and encourages anyone who may be interested in joining or attending a meeting to come by. The group meets in the basement of Central Bank the first Thursday of each month around 6:30 p.m.