Power Force Members Visit PES

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Members of the Next Generation Power Force ministry team Shawn King (left) and Jerome King, are assisted by volunteers at PES during their performance Monday morning. The former NFL players, and brothers, performed feats of strength at two assemblies at Piggott Elementary to the delight of the students.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The Oasis Church, at St. Francis, hosted a special visit by John Jacobs and his nationally known Christian-based strength team on Sunday. The group will also visited Piggott Elementary School on Monday and did a special performance that evening at the Piggott Community Center.

The longtime evangelist from Dallas, Tex., and former professional weight lifter, spoke at the church during the 10 a.m. services on Sunday. His traveling strength-team ministry, Next Generation Power Force, also performed at the church Sunday evening.

Monday morning two members of the Power Force visited PES, where they did two performances for the students. During the assemblies the duo did several feats of strength, including bending steel rods, breaking baseball bats and tearing a phone book in half with their teeth.

Former NFL player Jerome King, a member of the Next Generation Power Force, bends a frying pan during one of two assemblies held Monday morning at PES. He, and his brother Shawn, performed feats of strength in bringing a message of positive living to the students.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

The two team members who visited the school are actually brothers, Jerome and Shawn King. Both are natives of Louisiana, with Shawn playing college footbal for LSU while Jerome played for Louisiana Tech. Both also had NFL careers, as Shawn was a second round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers and spent four seasons with the team, then spent three more seasons as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. He later played in Europe and in the Arena League.

His brother, Jerome, was drafted by the Chicago Bears and spent two seasons on the roster, then later played in Europe and the Arena League as well.

During the assembly they provided a message of positive thinking, and acting, to the students in an engaging and entertaining performance. The team members also took the opportunity to invite the students, and their families, to the Monday evening performance at PCC.

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