In 1988 Kathy and I were on a holiday in Hawaii.  We had been given basically free airline tickets and all we needed to do was take care of the hotel and food.  Because we were young and poor at the time we were looking for cheap entertainment.  We saw an ad in the newspaper for an event called the Powerteam.  Admission was free and so off we went.  We arrived at an arena jam packed with 6000 people.  What was surprising was that the show was being sponsored by a Honolulu church and the gospel was being presented in a bold, clear yet highly unorthodox way.  The immense athletes on the stage ranging from body builders to martial arts experts were throwing amazing stunts of breaking baseball bats and concrete blocks, tearing licence plates in half and doing things that frankly looked like it must have really hurt.

Throughout the evening these men would pause the carnage and poignantly share the gospel in a relevant and meaningful way.  They would use the sometimes death devying feat as an object lesson of God’s grace or power and so forth.  By the end of the night 100’s of people young and old (but mostly young) lined the front of the stage to give their hearts to Christ.  I remember standing there thinking, if I ever have a chance to bring these guys to Winnipeg I would do it.  22 years later such an opportunity is here and the Powerteam will be in the house all week.

We have the team booked into school assemblies all around Winnipeg where they will challenge the students to make right decisions concerning drugs, alcohol, sex and bullying.  They will tell these kids that ‘true love waits’ and that virginity isn’t a curse to be discarded but a gift to be shared with that one special person on their wedding night.  Then each night from Thursday to Sunday at 7 PM they’ll be doing the big block buster (literally) show right here at Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place.

This is an event for the whole family.  There will be scads of young people obviously, but it is a show that is so good you will want to bring anybody that needs to hear the gospel in a novel and exciting way.  Admission is free and we have lots of parking and room for 2000 people a night.  BTW the show is different every night so you just might want to come to all four evenings.  It’s going to be a great week.  See you at 7 PM.

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  1. Victoria says:

    Pastor Mark,
    Behind every great man, stands a great woman. This, from my own experience I know to be true. The love and support and similar ideals are what makes a marriage fun, confident, and exciting! I wish to thank your wife, for having some influence in who you are today! Lord knows the ladies always fade into the background, but are also making a difference in our Christian lives!
    I am so happy for Winnipeg that you have the Power Team visiting! I hope that you will provide a link for us to watch it on line, as I wish my 3 boys to have the ability to watch it too.If not on the site, maybe You-Tube?
    Enjoy the show, guys and dolls!
    God Bless you!

  2. Betty says:

    Thanks, Pastor Mark & Kathy, for bringing the Powerteam to our church.
    It was exciting to invite, the people to this event with the flyers.
    It is amazing, what the Powerteam can do, with the power God has given them and we heard an awesome message, and Praise God, for everyone, that took Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour.

  3. krista says:

    thank you so much for bringing the power team here boys were so excited to hand out invites to therir classmates , and their teacher !!! awesome message too !

  4. Kendra says:

    I went to this and had to leave after my 9 year old daughter burst into tears about the story of a man who choose the lives of strangers over his own son. I was disappointed that this wasn’t more family friendly and positive. It just proved a suspicion I had all along. Scaring people into belief is wrong.

  5. Mark Hughes says:

    Yes, the ‘true’ story of the train bridge operator that sacrificed his son for a whole train full of unappreciative people was a disturbing illustration to say the least. I am genuinely sorry about your 9 year old, but I hope it does become an opportunity for you to share the incredible and yet disturbing story of the gospel with her about a God who did the same with His son for us.
    Last night 125 people invited Christ into their hearts and 120 of them were under 18 years old. I could not be happier that these crazy body builder dudes have been able to so effectively reach the next generation with the gospel.

  6. Sally says:

    That is awesome Pastor Mark! God uses whatever means He can to reach His people. So glad to hear of more souls entering the Kingdom! Keep up the good work!

  7. Steve says:

    Big bodybuilders snapping hancuffs and blowing up water bottles? Now that’s my kind of church service. I would have loved that when I was a kid. And the story they told about the guy sacrificing his son for the train passengers will speak to people’s hearts.