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POSTED: February 15, 2010 9:53 a.m.
The Power Team is coming to Liberty County on March 4-7 for a community crusade. Each evening at 7 p.m., members of the team will perform at Midway Middle School.
Pastors in the eastern end of the county are coalescing to make the crusade a community event and a success. “It is unifying the community and is a great outreach to the community. It will be a huge. The Power Team is a group of body builders who are based in Dallas, Texas,” said Midway United Methodist Church Pastor Doug Walker, who is coordinating the crusade.
“Pastor Frederick McIver of First Zion Baptist Church in Riceboro is the co-coordinator/crusade director. It is for people ages 9-92,” Walker said.
The Power Team has been featured in several magazines and on television. The athletes have performed in exhibitions of power, strength, speed, inspiration and motivation in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries. Many team members weigh more than 300 pounds and can blow up hot water bottles like balloons, snap baseball bats like twigs and smash walls of ice and concrete.
During the past 20 years, the team has visited more than 26,000 schools. Members believe inspiration and motivation equal academic and personal achievement. During their assemblies, the athletes tackle tough issues, including drugs, alcohol, violence, abstinence, peer pressure and suicide.
“They go into all the schools with a message of staying in school and making the right choices. When I was in Reidsville, we had them to come. We started off with about 450 people, but the last night we had about 900 people,” Walker said.
The Power Team has an upstanding reputation thanks to their proven, effective methods for reaching children. Churches, corporations, cities and clubs have invited the team to help draw people from all walks of life. Members reach communities with powerful, life-changing messages of hope and inspiration.   
As a precursor to the March 4-7 crusade, several events have been planned. At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, there will be a prayer rally at Midway First Presbyterian Church. At 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, St. James Community Church in Holmestown will have a youth rally. And, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, Friendship Baptist Church in Midway will have a rally where Liberty County High School football coach Kirk Warner will lie on a bed of nails.
“It is good to see the pastors coming together. We have been blessed to get the support from the churches and pastors,” Walker said. “Businesses have been generous with their support. The cost of each assembly is $500. We still need financial support. The ultimate aim of the crusade is to reach out to the lost.”
For more information, call Walker at 293-7087.

Anderson is the author of “Lack of Knowledge” and “Dare to Soar.”
 

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