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RA Congress to include COMBAT Karate demonstration

By Staff, Baptist Message

WOODWORTH – More than 400 first through sixth-grade boys and their leaders are expected to participate at the annual RA Congress, set for April 8-9 at Tall Timbers Baptist Conference Center.

On the busy-every-minute schedule: pinewood derby, soapbox derby, RA Olympics, campcraft, and missionaries, plus headliners Combat Team of Tulsa, Okla.

“Children learn and remember the principles the team teaches, but most importantly, many many children have come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior,” said Cheryl Baker, children’s minister at Brookside Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla., according to the website.

Combat Team is a Christian martial arts demonstration team founded in 1997.

“We open our program with an exciting introduction of the team … [and] then explain what COMBAT stands for: Confidence, obedience, motivation, benevolence, attitude, teamwork,” says CEO Brian Bryan, an 8th degree black belt, on the website, “and how it can be incorporated into their lives. …”

High-flying kicks lead to the message that prayer works and God answers prayers. Crushed stacks of concrete demonstrate that no problem is too big for God.

“I pray that every boy in Louisiana who doesn’t have a dad, will have an RA leader to stand in the gap,” said Ricky Boone, RA consultant for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. “I pray that every RA leader brings every boy he can find to RA Congress.

“These boys will get a glimpse – maybe more than a glimpse – at RA Congress of what life under God’s direction is all about, of the purpose they’ll have throughout their lives as God’s Royal Ambassadors.”

Cost for RA Congress is $55/person based on multiple occupancy, with t-shirts for an additional $10, if pre-ordered by April 1. Registration deadline is April 1. Download forms online at Specifics on registration and activities can be found in the 2011 RA Congress Handbook. Call LBC men’s ministry for more information: 318.448.3402.