By John Oxford



MOULTRIE -- Two area churches will be hosting special events over the upcoming weekend. Both events will feature, among other things, motorcycle stunt riders.

Lakeside Assembly of God will be holding its second annual "Jammin' For Jesus" rally Saturday at their church, located at 1824 Camilla Highway. The day's events will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no cost to attend the event.

"Jammin' For Jesus" will feature motorcycle events, five musical acts, six speakers, raffles, cake and merchandise auctions, a bike show and bike games. The bike show is being sponsored by Warriors for the Cross Motorcycle Ministries, and the bike games are being sponsored by the Emmanuel Riders.

All cakes being auctioned will be homemade, and merchandise being auctioned includes pictures, jewelry and a Mag-Lite flashlight, among many other donated items, coordinator Donna Wilson said.

Speakers Lem Joiner, president of Emmanuel Riders of Thomasville, Lakeside Youth Pastor Robert Baker and Pastor Keith Plymel from Schley Baptist Church will be preaching for about one hour each, Wilson said.

Advocacy Center's board of directors chairman the Rev. Hugh Ward, vice-chairman Sandra Rogers and director Jeri Croyle also will be briefly sharing information about the center.

Organizers hope to raise $10,000 from the raffles, auctions and donations to benefit the Children's Advocacy Center of Colquitt, Inc., to buy medical equipment for their examination room, Wlison said.

Wilson said anyone wishing to make donations to the Advocacy Center can make them at the event. Those wishing to donate by check are asked to make it out to Lakeside Assembly with "Jammin' For Jesus" in the memo line.

Motorcycle events at "Jammin" For Jesus" will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration for the bike show being held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. There will be a $10 registration fee to enter bikes into the show. The main events, including concerts and speakers, begin at 1 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.

The same weekend as "Jammin' For Jesus," Grace Independent Baptist Church is hosting motorcycle stunt rider Todd Bennick Saturday and Sunday. The stunt show will be held on Highway 133 South near Spence Field. There will be a $5 charge per person to attend the show, but Pastor Ken Weaver said everyone will be amazed by this stunt rider's jumping skills.

"It'll definitely be worth the money to come see him," Weaver said. "He'll sure take your breath away."

Bennick will be jumping over some 10 school buses at 5 p.m. Friday for the finale of a youth camp. He will also jump at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and again at 1 p.m. Sunday. Following his jumps, Bennick will be sharing his testimony.

Bennick is a former top 10 supercross motorcycle racer who began racing at age 13 and started racing professionally at age 16, Weaver said. He "got right with the Lord" at 18 years old and gave up professional supercross, but God opened up the opportunity to reach young people with his skills when he 27 years old, he said.

As a freestyle motorcyclist, Weaver said Bennick performs jumps and tricks on his motorcycle as he flies through the air. He hopes to reach young people to show that serving God with your gifts and talents is a true joy.

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