By Staff, Baptist Message
WOODWORTH â€“ 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.
â€œChildren 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,â€ said Cheryl Baker, childrenâ€™s minister at Brookside Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla., according to theÂ www.combatteam.comÂ website.
Combat Team is a Christian martial arts demonstration team founded in 1997.
â€œWe open our program with an exciting introduction of the team â€¦ [and] then explain what COMBAT stands for: Confidence, obedience, motivation, benevolence, attitude, teamwork,â€ says CEO Brian Bryan, an 8th degree black belt, on the website, â€œand how it can be incorporated into their lives. â€¦â€
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.
â€œI pray that every boy in Louisiana who doesnâ€™t have a dad, will have an RA leader to stand in the gap,â€ said Ricky Boone, RA consultant for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. â€œI pray that every RA leader brings every boy he can find to RA Congress.
â€œThese boys will get a glimpse â€“ maybe more than a glimpse â€“ at RA Congress of what life under Godâ€™s direction is all about, of the purpose theyâ€™ll have throughout their lives as Godâ€™s Royal Ambassadors.â€
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 lbc.org/TallTimbers. Specifics on registration and activities can be found in the 2011 RA Congress Handbook. Call LBC menâ€™s ministry for more information: 318.448.3402.