Power Team to visit Columbia

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 | 1:29 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA - Have you ever seen a man rip a license plate like a piece of paper? How about crush 10 wooden boards with one hit of his hand? You can this week.

First Nazarene Church, 2601 Blue Ridge Road, will host "The Power Team" - a group of people who display power, strength and speed - this weekend in an outdoor tent next to the church. The event will include team members crushing concrete with their bare hands and crushing tons of ice with their heads.

The Power Team is a nationally known group of world-class athletes who have been featured on "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Steve Harvey's Big Time Show." The five-night program encourages audience members to live lives of excellence while challenging them to be the best they can be, according to a news release.

Monte Hanson, the event coordinator for First Nazarene, said the church booked the team last December to spread their good message to Columbia.

"We wanted to do something outside our church building, something the general public would feel comfortable coming to," Hanson said. "This is a powerful event."

Power Team member Jamie Morrison, who grew up in Missouri and has family in Columbia, said churches bring the team to a community to "draw in people that wouldn't normally come to the church."

The Power Team program also encourages children to avoid drugs and stay away from other addictive behaviors.

"It's a great family event that you can take your kids to," Morrison said.

The program starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Donations will be accepted at the door.


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