Dedicated, honest, trustworthy, sensitive, caring, driven, and loving.
You’d probably never guess who I was describing.
Unfortunately, we live in a society full of stereotypes, bias, and judgment. We have to learn to not judge a person or group on their appearance alone. People have a variety of interests and hobbies – that’s the beauty of our country. We are able to have the freedom to be who we want to be while doing the things we enjoy.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bikers? I’m not talking about the guys and gals riding 10-speeds in the bike lane, I’m talking about people that have a passion for the open road, powerful bikes that take an incredible amount of skill to maneuver, and, yes, leather jackets and tattoos.
There are many people who would pass a group of bikers and think they’re up to no good. They most likely don’t understand their way of life.
I can honestly tell you, in this case, they’re very wrong.
Growing up, I was taught to have an open mind. I knew there were many different types of people in the world and it didn’t and still doesn’t bother me a bit.
I came across an organization a few months back and immediately stopped. Impressed is an understatement. I saw a group of bikers covered in tattoos, sitting on their Harleys. It wasn’t their bikes or tattoos that attracted my attention though, they had a huge patch across the back of their vests – BACA.
Bikers Against Child Abuse is an international organization whose members base their entire existence on protecting children, showing them that someone is there for them day or night.
The children they serve have no reason to fear their violators any longer because they are protected by the group for a lifetime. BACA members know their lifestyle is a lifetime commitment. Do you want to know what’s even more amazing? They don’t mind one bit.
The creed they follow gives an idea of just how much their mission and the children mean to them.
I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past has prepared me, my present makes sense, and my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by the faith in my works, and lean on the strength of my brothers and sisters. I love with patience, live by prayer, and labor with power.
My fate is set, my gait is fast, my goal is the ultimate safety of children. My road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are tried and true, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I wont give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and showed up for all wounded children. I must go until I drop, ride until I give out, and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, for He will see my BACA backpatch and know that I am one of His. I am a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse, and this is my creed.
Founder, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc.
Sure, when I first met a few of the members, the initial impression was bikers, tattoos, tough, no-nonsense – and, for that, I fell in love with them. Don’t you see? Yes, they enjoy all of these things without a care in the world that it may offend someone, because it works toward their benefit and the benefit of the children. Their appearance, club and way of life is what enables them to protect the children and provide the security and comfort each one of them so desperately needs.
The BACA mission is not one made for someone with commitment issues, or other objectives – it’s one set in stone.
BACA MISSION STATEMENT
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner, however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.
Yes, they’re a motorcycle club, but, forget what you may have heard, forget what you’ve seen on TV.
This is a group of people putting their lives on the line in the name of protecting and empowering our future adults. It’s admirable beyond belief.
Members meet once a month and hold fundraisers to spread awareness and raise funds for the organization.
They will do whatever it takes. People unfortunately turn the other cheek when it comes to difficult situations. What they don’t understand is that this is a problem that won’t go away. We need to work together in order to give these children a voice and to let them know there’s nothing to be afraid of – they can speak up and allow someone they trust to help change their situation. BACA of NJ does just that – trust, anonymity, support, and a lifelong relationship. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Community superheroes? For sure. I’m proud to have BACA of NJ as a partner with CASA of CGS. With them, we’ll be able to reach our arms further to fight the abuse and neglect and hold our children up high so that they may embrace their future.
Learn more about BACA by visiting their website, http://bacaworld.org/
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