Published: Jul 12, 2006 12:34 PM
Modified: Jul 10, 2006 01:01 PM
Two years ago, a member of Faith Force, a Burlington-based ministry group, left one of its motivational speeches with a present.
Following a routine assembly at an area high school, Faith Force athlete Mark Kerr was approached by one of the students in the crowd.
The young man looked Kerr in the eye, told him he had planned on killing himself that night, then placed the bullet he had planned to use in KerrÂ’s hand.
After hearing what Faith Force had to say, the young man said he no longer needed the bullet.
After seven years of performing feats of strength and giving motivational speeches at school assemblies and churches, the athletes of Faith Force know just how powerful their unconventional approach to preaching can be.
This group of former football players, martial artists and bodybuilders grabs the attention of its audience by breaking through concrete walls and bending steel bars. Faith Force then gives the audience a positive message that can change lives.
Kerr, along with Faith Force founder Jeff Terrell, will be taking the unique form of ministry to Good Hope Baptist Church tonight, Wednesday, at 6:45 p.m.
Faith Force will perform various feats of strength during its hour-long performance and preach ministry as part of Good HopeÂ’s Son Seekers family night.
Son Seekers is a weekly program for youth that presents the teachings of the Bible with special guests and activities. While the program is usually just for kids, this week people of all ages are invited.
Â“TheyÂ’re kind of our biggest guests,Â” Son Seekers Director Sherry Dekker jokingly said of the 285-pound Terrell and the 290-pound Kerr. Â“TheyÂ’re going to be loud and theyÂ’re going to break things ... TheyÂ’re going to make a mess and do things that you typically wouldnÂ’t see in church.Â”
Dekker hopes that Faith ForceÂ’s universal appeal will bring new people into the church and expose current members to a positive message.
Â“ItÂ’s a great outreach,Â” she said. Â“I hope it will bring people from all around. Their ministry is good for all ages. The children will love to see it, the youth I think will really like it and the adults will as well.Â”
While Faith ForceÂ’s speeches are not limited to religion, this weekÂ’s program will focus on the groupÂ’s faith.
Â“TheyÂ’re going to talk about making big choices,Â” Dekker said. Â“TheyÂ’re big guys and they make big choices. Everyone has to make big choices in life and one of the biggest choices being whether to follow Christ.Â”
Along with the message, visitors can expect to see Kerr and Terrell perform many impressive feats.
Â“We perform different feats like breaking handcuffs, lifting 300-pound logs, breaking walls of concrete with strikes from our elbows or hands, bending steel bars and blowing up hot water bottles,Â” Terrell said.
Â“The purpose isnÂ’t to show how strong we are but to show the strength that God has given us.Â”
Terrell believes that everyone is given a special talent in life and that they should use that talent to glorify God.
Â“God has a purpose and plan for everyone and everyone has different things that theyÂ’re good at,Â” Terrell said. Â“I believe that heÂ’s given us our strength for a reason and we should use it to give him his glory.
Â“WeÂ’re able to use the talents and abilities that God has given us for a bigger purpose Â— for something more than just ourselves, something that can impact someone elseÂ’s life. The feats will never change someoneÂ’s life but the message of the gospel, what theyÂ’ll hear, something they may hear that night, something that someone might say the night we do our event could change someoneÂ’s life forever.Â”
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