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Power Team bending steel and spreading the Gospel

by Jennifer Biller

STAFF WRITER

They can snap police handcuffs, bust through walls of ice 8 feet thick, and bend steel with their teeth.

They are known as John Jacobs and the Power Team and they will be in Shinnston this week at the Jewel City Church.

The team will hold nightly performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. There will be an additional performance on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Two-dollar donations will be accepted at the door.

The Power Team features professional athletes and power lifters who use the shock value of their demonstrations to gain young people's attention. Then they deliver an inspirational Christian message of hope that speaks out against crime, drugs and alcohol, said associate pastor John Pigott.

"They perform enormous feats of strength. They can take an iron skillet and roll it up like a burrito with their bare hands," Pigott said.

The athletes' message encourages people to recognize their importance and not give up on their goals and dreams.

The team has been featured in People magazine and on the television programs "Walker Texas Ranger" and "Entertainment Tonight".

They also have their own weekly television show called "The Power Connection" on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

The group has appeared at more than 7000 public schools and performed in more than 40 countries.

"They are presenting a motivational message and preaching the gospel," Pigott said. "This is for the community and they will be available to talk with people."

For more information call 592-5755.

Staff writer Jennifer Biller can be reached at 626-1443.

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