Don’t miss The Power Team

Christian Alliance bringing muscle-bound crusaders to Civic Center May 7-11

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

May 4, 2008 - They hold your attention with their feats of strength. They capture the heart with their testimonies of salvation. The Power Team, a soul-winning evangelistic crusade, will be at the Civic Center nightly at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, through Sunday, May 11, hosted by the Hopkins County Christian Alliance.

"This is a good demonstration of various forms of evangelism today," said New Beginnings Fellowship Baptist Church Pastor Larry Jordan, a member of HCCA. "We're living in desperate days, and we want people to hear the gospel. This will be a very positive, family-oriented event for our community."

The Power Team, considered the second-most soul winning crusade in America after the Billy Graham Association, has more than 30 years of ministry experience. The team partners with local churches in cities and towns across America to win "lost souls" and build relationships between churches and communities.

This collection of giants -- world record holders, former NFL players, and professional wrestlers many weighing over 300 pounds -- can blow up hot water bottles like balloons, snap baseball bats like twigs, lift telephone poles overhead, rip phone books and license plates like pieces of paper, and smash walls of ice and concrete.

Opening night of Wednesday, May 7, is youth night, according to Jordan, who said they are expecting participation from many local church youth groups.

"We hope every single youth group throughout our community will come out to be a part of youth night," he said.

Thirty area churches are working together to bring this crusade to Hopkins County, according to Joel Tiemeyer, HCCA member and pastor of The Way Bible Church in Martin Springs.

"This is a group of world class athletes who are going to come and visit 21 of our area schools," said Tiemeyer. "Kids see their program at school and then get their parents to bring them out to the Civic Center that night. That's when they are able to preach the gospel."

In addition to their displays of strength, Power Team members share testimonies at the evening programs that are both inspiring and faith building.

Their impact has not gone unnoticed -- they have been endorsed by more than 50 governors, senators, and congressmen for their positive contribution to the lives of America's families.

According to Tiemeyer, he became friends with Power Team member Steve Carrier of Dallas a couple of years ago. Carrier, who holds a world record for breaking baseball bats, visited The Way for three nights.

"We had more than 250 come out on a Sunday night, and 17 souls saved," Tiemeyer said. "It's very high-energy. These guys are living to change the lives of people in small communities."

The message, according to Tiemeyer, is for individuals to become "dream makers, and to avoid dream-takers such as drugs and alcohol."

"Their physical power draws people's attention, but of course the real power comes from God," said Jordan. "This group displays good morals and they're good role models for our youth."

Helping kick off the event on Wednesday evening at the Civic Center will be Sulphur Springs High School's head football coach, Greg Owens.

"I've seen them perform and I think they have an awesome ministry," said Owens. "I'm looking forward to being apart of it. They have a great message."

"Yeah, they are going to do a stunt involving Coach Owens," said Jordan with a chuckle. "I've seen them do it before; I don't know HOW they do it, but it's worth coming out to see. It's going to be very interesting and fun."

Also, there is no admission charge. The Power Team present the event on a love-offering basis.

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