By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
WOODWORTH – First through sixth grade boys will have an opportunity for an up and close encounter with a 10-foot robot at the upcoming Royal Ambassador Congress.
Scheduled for March 21-22 at Tall Timbers Conference Center, RA Congress will feature Gigamaxx, a giant robot who will be focused on what it takes to be transformed into a follower of Christ. Louisiana Baptist Convention President Steve Horn, who serves as pastor of First Baptist Lafayette, will interview Gigamaxx and there will be a time for each RA Lad and Crusader to have interaction with the robot.
The robot will coincide with this year’s theme, Be Transformed.
“We only have one opportunity to reach these young men and we need to do all we can to make an impression on them of the importance of following Christ,” said Gibbie McMillan, LBC men’s ministry and volunteer strategist. “Traditionally we have RAs from 25 plus chapters from across the state of Louisiana, therefore we must make the most of this time. We will be extremely fast paced for about 20 hours and hopefully they will go home excited about their experience at Congress.”
In addition to Gigamaxx, RA Congress will also include Pinewood Derby and soap box races, camp craft skills competitions and presentations from missionaries.
The missionaries coming this year include David Smith and his wife, Gay Lynn, who are retired International Mission Board missionaries from Turkey; Mike Hudson, a Southeast Asia missionary with the IMB; and Christine Gill, wife of First Baptist Lafayette youth minister Brad Gill.
The cost for RA Congress is $55 per person, based on multiple occupancy. T-shirts are available if preordered by March 13, which is also the deadline to register for the conference.
For more information or to download a registration form, visit louisianabaptists.org/racongress14.