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October 2014 News

Roma town turns up for Project X

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
JC Epidemic freestyle motocross wow hundreds at Project X Roma. Photo: Ian Anderson

Following the success of their first outreach in Chinchilla last year, the Project X crew last month took their festival-style evangelism further west to the town of Roma.

The crew, made up of young adults from different Toowoomba and Brisbane churches, joined with local Roma young adults, chaplains, and pastors to put on a free afternoon of action sports, gaming, art, craft, and Roma’s very own X-Factor competition.

Prizes were awarded to the best young talent, with kids and teens singing, dancing and rocking out the X-Factor stage.

The highlight of the event was the freestyle motocross and BMX shows from JC Epidemic. Huge crowds turned out to see motorbikes flying and flipping through the sky.

“We had a lot of events going on in Roma that weekend, that we had to compete with,” said Roma State College Chaplain Adam Kingston, “but to see the number we had coming through the gates was overwhelming. I didn’t think it would be anywhere near that big.”

Pastor Mark Westbrook from Heart Church, Roma said he too was overwhelmed with the number of people who turned up for the event.

“To see over 600 people turn up from the community to hear the Gospel has just been amazing,” he said.

During the second JC Epidemic show, the captive audience heard a powerful testimony from one of the riders, who finished with a clear explanation of the Gospel and a challenge for people to respond.

26 young people answered the challenge, many for the first time ever.

“For the amount of people who haven’t heard the Gospel before... for them to hear that message...for us as a Church community...that’s amazing,” said Ps. Mark.

“I’ve lived in Roma for 14 years,” said Adam Kingston. “I believe God can use you more in one day with an event like Project X, than you could do in 14 years. It’s that good.”

Along with all the fun and activities like graffiti art and a Bella Chicks zone for the girls, there was also an area where people could go to ask questions and receive free Bibles.

During the afternoon, over 65 Bibles were given out to young people eager to get their hands on the youth-themed Bibles.

“I think one of the great things about working with the Project X crew was the lead up to the event,” said Ps. Shane Wallis from Roma’s Life Christian Church. “Just how they got us Pastors together praying with each other and for the event.”

“The Project X crew have been praying for our town for nearly 12 months,” said Ps. Mark. “They’ve served us and loved us, and that has been the key.”

“I believe the spiritual atmosphere over this town has changed because they’ve spent that time connecting with us and that time in prayer,” he said.

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