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Captain Rex bringing Christian message and adventure to Abundant Heart Ministries

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

GRANITE SHOALS — It’s time to weigh anchor and get the main sail ready as Captain Rex’s Treasure Adventures sets sail for Abundant Heart Ministries for a three-day port of call. And it’s a regular kids’ crusade.

Captain Rex, a TV personality known for his upbeat Christian message for kids, will drop anchors Sept. 5-7 at the Granite Shoals church, 7222 RR 1431.

“It’s really an exciting show,” said Cricket Keasler of Abundant Heart Ministries. “It’s a traveling ministry right now, but they are in the process of filming the next season of the TV show.”

At the helm is Captain Rex played by youth minister Brandon Sanders. Captain Rex once sailed the high seas in search of ships to plunder and treasures to steal. As a pirate, Captain Rex didn’t pay heed to rules. And you certainly wouldn’t find him in any church pew come Sunday morning, or at any other time for that matter.

But during his travels, somebody introduced Captain Rex to Jesus’ love, and it turned his heart.

Now, instead of sailing the high seas looking for plunder, the captain shares God’s love and grace. And he does it through an incredible stage show complete with his sailing buddies, including a rather large parrot.

“He uses a lot of skits and music,” Keasler said. “It’s a fun, upbeat show that the kids really enjoy. But parents will like it, too.”

Captain Rex’s Treasure Adventures gets under way at 7 p.m. Sept. 5-6 and 10:45 a.m. Sept. 7.

While Abundant Heart Ministries is hosting the captain and his crew, Keasler said the church hopes other churches take the opportunity to bring members, kids or just have a presence. One of the things Keasler and her husband, Ray Keasler, of Abundant Heart Ministries hope is people who might, for whatever reason, don’t attend a church will at least check out this show.

If those people decide they want to give church a try from this initial experience, Cricket Keasler said if there are several churches on hand or members, then they can reach out to these newcomers.

“This isn’t about us or any one church,” Kealser said. “It’s about giving people a place to come and hear a great message and enjoy themselves. And afterwards, if they aren’t currently going to a church but are interested in giving it a try, they can visit with people from a number of local churches. They may not be drawn to ours, but they may connect with another one.”

In the end, Keasler said hosting Captain Rex’s Treasure Adventure is all about connections.

“This is just a way for families to come together, churches to come together and others just to have a good time,” she said.

Admission to the shows is free.

daniel@thepicayune.com