WHEATON — A strength team with a message of hope to light the world will be coming to Wheaton's Body of Christ Ministries, 501 S. Gillman, for two days.
John Jacobs' Next Generation Power Force Team (NGPT) will be there at 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public.
While busting wooden baseball bats and blowing up hot water bottles to bursting may seem to be a painful way to make a living, Jacobs and his Next Generation Power Force Team use these and other feats of strength to proclaim the message of the love of Jesus Christ to people of all ages, with a particular emphasis on the young.
"Not just physically strong, but more importantly, spiritually strong, the team's mission is to see the lost saved, the broken hearted healed and the depressed encouraged with Christ getting all the credit," a press release on the event states.
"It is a platform of athletes who come from all walks of life," said Shawn King, a member of the team. "We have wrestlers, we have a lady on the team who was in Special Forces, we have middle of the road guys, we got all kind of guys that people can relate to."
King himself played football for LSU, the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts. His brother, Jerome King, also played for Louisiana Tech and the Chicago Bears. Also included with the team is Paul Rogers, who is the 2009 Florida Master's Strongman Champion.
"All team members have a strong desire to proclaim the truth in God's word in order to help people become more than conquerors in Christ by changing their personal image from the inside out as a result of letting Christ live in and through them," the press release stated.
"We get in there and tell them real life stories about trials and triumphs to get to where we are at," King added. "Go through the pain that we had to endure and then ultimate messages about Jesus Christ."
King has been with the team for about seven years.
"They came to my hometown, I met a couple of them in the weight room, I had just gotten saved and asked God to give me something to do for them," King said. "I ran into two of the kindest spirits that I have ever met. To make a long story short, about two weeks later, John Jacobs asked me if I wanted to go out on a trial run with him. It really changed my life. I understand what it does for people, that is why I love to do it, it is fulfilling work. It makes the world a better place."
Founded by Jacobs more than 30 years ago, the power team has held crusades in 40 countries and more than 30,000 public school assemblies in the U.S. The team has been featured in People Magazine, on CNN, and almost every major television network. In fact, in 1999, after Chuck Norris attended one of NGPT's crusades and was saved, CBS did an entire episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" featuring Jacobs and the Power Force Team. Last year alone, more than 40,000 people came to know Christ through their crusades and school assemblies.
Page 2 of 2 - King is pleased to come to Wheaton for this event.
"It is a powerful program and I really believe in it," he said. "You have the power to choose right or wrong. People don't hold your future, God does."
For more information, please call the church at 652-3709.