Whether you’re a novice or a pro, the Black Pearl Skate Park is considered one of the best in the world and it’s every rider’s dream to ride there. From the pool to the wall, this park has it all and it was the scene for the afternoon events for the Do Something World Festival skate and bike demo. Hundreds of onlookers watched in awe as the demo team, comprised of professional skaters and bikers from all over the country performed aerial feats and gravity-defying stunts.
Pro BMX rider, Jon Greer said, “This is an amazing park and an amazing opportunity to share Christ with the crowd through our demos and testimonies. We were so excited to be a part of the Do Something World event.”
In spite of the intense heat, the team performed six demos throughout the two-day festival. 360s, frontside grinds, and kickflips all were used for one purpose-to share Christ. After each demo, the team would share their testimonies and the Gospel with the crowd. The team recognizes that God has given them the ability to ride and they are committed to using it to impact the skate/bike culture as well as the many youth that look up to them.
This is not just a one-time Do Something World event for these skaters and bikers. Some of them were a part of a 2008 Jamaica event in Montego Bay, also presented by Miles Ahead. Each of them are committed to doing something in their community throughout the year. Leading Bible studies, building skate ramps in their yards, speaking at youth events, the team takes every opportunity to use the platform God has given them through their skating and biking abilities to reach others for Christ.
For Steve and Rod James, the leaders of the Skate Ministry at the Rock Church, the Do Something World Cayman festival was an extension of what they were already doing in San Diego. The James brothers led the Sports Team throughout the week in Cayman. Each day, the Sports Team would conduct skateboarding, volleyball, basketball, and soccer clinics at local schools. Over the course of the week, they visited twelve schools, spoke to about 1200 students, and saw over 250 come to Christ! They would share their testimonies with the students and teach them the character qualities necessary to be a successful athlete.
Professional skateboarder, Steve James shared, “I am looking forward to using the talent God has given me as a skateboarder as a platform to share Christ with the students. Whether it’s at a school assembly or at the Black Pearl skate park, I want to take what I am doing through the Skate Ministry in San Diego and share it with the Cayman youth pastors so that kids all over the world can come to know Christ.”
At George Hicks School, one of the coaches asked them to speak to the toughest gym class. He explained to them that the students consistently have discipline issues and have no home structure. The Sports Team was not originally scheduled to go to the school, but they made time because of the coach’s request. In addition to sharing his testimony, Steve James shared about the discipline necessary to be an athlete and a student. The team saw 26 kids come to Christ at George Hicks.
From demos to clinics, the Do Something World Festival demo team and Sports team used their talents to make the Gospel come to life for the people of Grand Cayman.
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