The Christian community is always searching for innovative, exciting ways to reach out to believers and non-believers alike. Saturday, June 13, New Zion Baptist Church of Kentwood hosted its first “4Wheels 4 Him” all terrain vehicle (ATV) riding event.
KENTWOOD – The Christian community is always searching for innovative, exciting ways to reach out to believers and non-believers alike. Saturday, June 13, New Zion Baptist Church of Kentwood hosted its first “4Wheels 4 Him” all terrain vehicle (ATV) riding event.
About 280 attendees paid a $6 registration fee to ride their ATVs through six to seven miles of wooded area found deep within St. Helena Parrish. They also experienced praise and worship, enjoyed a meal and listened to a gospel presentation.
“We were shooting for about 200 registered guests,” Pastor Richard Sandberg said. “It’s exciting that so many people came and we were given the opportunity to spread the gospel to those who may not regularly attend church services.”
The success of the event was found not only in the number of registered attendees but in the number of lives changed as a result of the day.
“Eleven attendees rededicated their lives to Christ while seven chose to accept Christ,” Sandberg added.
About a three-month planning period took place prior to Saturday’s ATV event. The most difficult aspects of planning the event, Sandberg said, was not knowing how many people to expect leading up to the day, as well as various safety concerns associated with the operation of large machinery.
Sandberg contributed much of “4 Wheels 4 Him’s” success to State Director of Men’s Ministry Gibbie McMillan and New Zion Deacon Aubrey McMillan. The State Director of Men’s ministry’s role was integral to the event’s occurrence, the pastor said.
“One of the most important behind-the-scenes aspects of getting things started was getting the associations and churches on the same page,” Sandberg said.
The pastor placed Deacon McMillan in charge of advertising the day’s activities.
“We placed ads in local and state newspapers, made flyers and visited members of the community door to door,” the deacon said. “I also asked local businesses for donations.”
New Zion members were not the only ATV enthusiasts present. Tangipahoa Baptist Church member David Bridges took part in the experience with his son.
“My mother gave me the registration information and I registered us a week before the day of the event,” Bridges said. “Everyone had a great attitude and really seemed to enjoy everything that took place today. I hope a similar event is held next year.”