Super strong ministry tells kids to follow dreams

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's about more than tearing a license plate in half or bending steel rods. Members of a local ministry say by displaying great physical strength, they hope to encourage young people to follow their dreams.

On Thursday, Feats of Strength Ministry took the show to a summer camp in Gulfport.

Kathy Bertram is one of the performers.

"We're going to take this perfectly good frying pan, place it in our grip and attempt to roll this up into the size of a little burrito," she told the audience, some of whom were a little doubtful.

Eleven-year-old Mia Fontenot was one of the skeptics. Asked if she believed someone could roll a skillet or tear a phone book in half, she said, "Sort of. Not really."

However, the nay sayers were quickly proved wrong.

Thirteen-year-old Sterling Jones said, "It was amazing. I could not believe it. It was hardly believable."

The unbelievable demonstrations of strength mesmerized the children at the Fitness Academy Nutrition and Sports Summer Camp.

"It's hard to get a young person's attention today," said Bertram. "So use the feats of strength, breaking a baseball bat, ripping phone books, blowing up hot water bottles and crushing cans. That's just a way to get their attention."

The ministry teaches children about finding inner strength to make good choices and never give up on their dreams, even when other people doubt them.

"To motivate them," said Ron Gross, another performer. "To encourage them. To let them know that there are people out there that still care about them, love them, and want them to achieve whatever it is that they want to achieve."

Mia Fontenot said she learned a very important lesson from the show.

"If you try hard enough, you can do anything you want."

The Feats of Strength Ministry performs for schools, churches and community groups for the cost of materials. For more information, email

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