Bands & Bikes Fuel Festival Fever

By   •   April 24, 2008

To generate interest among youth, the band Inhabited and a cycling stunt ministry, Chaos on Wheels, have been visiting local churches and schools. We caught up with Inhabited lead singer Sara Acker this week and asked her to share her heart:

When she was 16, Sara went on a mission trip with Teen Mania Ministries that sparked in her a deeper desire to make a lasting impact on the world for Christ. She dedicated the next few summers working on mission fields around the world, including Panama, Belize, Mexico, Honduras and several trips to Russia.

At one point, Sara wondered if she was called to be a foreign missionary, but in 1996, after taking a mission trip to Atlanta, Georgia, she realized the incredible mission field that existed in the United States.

After returning to Houston, she began an inner city tutoring and mentoring program, a weekly street ministry, and used every opportunity to change her world. Sara and her brother formed Inhabited in 1999 so they could use their musical gifts to touch the heart, soul, and imagination of their audience.

And they have. “I have been amazed as God has brought healing to countless shattered lives using Inhabited’s music and ministry,” Sara shared. “It’s been a vehicle to rescue many from depression, guilt, rejection, and blinding addictions.”

Chaos on Wheels

On Wednesday night, we had the chance to watch the amazing antics of Chaos on Wheels, a group of guys who use the sports of BMX/freestyle to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Close to 300 screaming kids crowded the gym at Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville to watch the chaotic bicycle stunts.

“This is so awesome!” said 6-year-old Jeremy Geyer after watching the jumps and 360′s. Geyer and the rest of his Awana group will join the God Rocks choir on stage this Saturday.

Chaos on Wheels began in 1995 as Jeremiah Anderson, founder/rider, began performing bicycle stunt shows to promote his clothing and bike shop. From those shows, he realized a need for positive role models and began using his love for BMX to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with audiences

“I have finally learned that success isn’t about my accomplishments,” Anderson told the audience. “It is about allowing God to use the gifts He has given me to glorify Him. It took many years of failures to finally realize this. I guess I have to learn things the hard way.”

- filed by Janet Chismar

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