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Elim Baptist Church sends two to Pinewood Derby
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Austin and Holden hold up Ribbons each received at the Regional AWANA Grand Prix. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
Elim Baptist Church sent Austin Burgess, 5, and Holden Riddle, 8, to the Regional AWANA Grand Prix in Richmond Hill on April 5.  
On March 12, the boys were among 26 competitors in the race at their home church. Riddle's car finished second, and Burgess' car had high enough scores to qualify for the regional.
There were 79 entrants with three divisions at regional; Sparks were kindergarteners through second graders, TNTs were third graders through six graders and Open for any age.
First Baptist Church of Richmond Hill hosted the event and besides Elim, there also were competitors from Northside Baptist Church in Brunswick, Calvary Baptist of East Dublin, First Baptist of Screven and Calvary Baptist from Jesup.
The hosting church's children's minister Ray Fowler organized the event and said, "This is the second year we have done this and it is a fun event designed to be an outreach to the community. We want it to bring in friends and family of the racers who enter their cars."
Before the races Fowler opened with a devotional.
"God is concerned about our character," he said, "on whether we stay on the right track he has set for us-when we get off that track, the Bible gives us the guidance to get back on His path."
During the races each car ran four heats with the slowest time eliminated. Judges combined the racers' three scores for placing.
The Pinewood Derby was sponsored through AWANA, which is a children's ministry focusing on Bible teaching, scripture memorization, positive role models and recognition for accomplishments.
Fowler summed up the goal of the outreach by saying, "Don't leave today's event by winning the race here, but losing the race that counts, that being a relationship with Christ."

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