Impact World Tour coming to Jackson County
A unique ministry is coming to Jackson County in two weeks that will feature freestyle motor-cross, hip-hop dancing and other sports stunts and feats of strength.
Impact World Tour, an outreach of Youth With A Mission, is bringing its Team Xtreme International and GX International live-action programs to local schools April 14 - 18 to reach students and families with a positive message.
Performances have been set for 8 p.m. April 14 at Jackson Heights, 7 p.m. April 15 – 16 at Royal Valley and 7 p.m. April 17 –18 at Holton High School. All performances will be held in the gymnasiums at each of the schools. The events are free and open to the public, said Tim O’Byrne, pastor of Holton First Baptist Church and one of the organizers for the event.
In addition to the evening performances, members of the tour will showcase their talents at a school assembly at Royal Valley on April 13 and for the WILD 1’s after school program that Wednesday.
During the Team Xtreme International program, performers will shatter concrete bricks and ice blocks with their bare hands and forearms, blow up hot water bottles, snap steel handcuffs in two and bend steel bars around their necks and between their teeth, according to information provided by Impact World Tour.
Members of Team Xtreme have been traveling around the world performing these feats while motivating young people with wild stories and important lessons, it was reported.
The GX International performance includes aggressive skating, hip-hop dancing, freestyle motor-cross and biking. Team members come from Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South America and the United States to perform.
Local pastor O’Byrne said that each performance runs between an hour to an hour and a half and that community members throughout the county have been planning the event for six months.
O’Byrne said he has seen Team Xtreme perform and that several other church leaders in the county had heard of the tour and were interested in bringing them to Jackson County.
Community meetings were held throughout the past several months to seek financial and community support. Four committees – hospitality, logistics, prayers and links (local Christians trained to meet with anyone with questions about Christ at the end of each show) – were formed to help with the event, O’Byrne said.
“The program is known for really strengthening rural communities,” he said.
Impact World Tour was formed in 1993 and has traveled all over the United Sates and 14 other countries.
All performers on the tour, as well as staff members, are volunteers, and they raise their own financial support through friends, families and local churches.
For more information, visit www.ywamcampaigns.org or call Pastor O’Byrne.