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A message to Metter youth
Rally brings inspiration from Anthony, Jennifer Beckham
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Jennifer and Anthony Beckham, a husband and wife ministry duo, spoke Wednesday at the Metter Youth Rally. - photo by CRYSTAL WALKER/Staff

      METTER - Husband and wife ministry duo Anthony and Jennifer Beckham were guest speakers at Wednesday night's Metter Youth Rally, as church youth groups from across the county gathered.
      Metter Church of God youth opened with their "Get to know Him" skit, followed by an interpretive movement and skit using Christian artist Brandon Heath's "Give Me Your Eyes."
      The Beckham's met with middle and high school students during the school day Wednesday to present an abstinence program where guys and girls split into respective groups for the talk.
      The youth rally that evening allowed the couple to share more intimately about their past experiences and their purpose now of being missionaries in America's public school system, said Anthony Beckham.
      Through Jennifer Beckham Ministries, the author and former Disney princess encourages young people to "get over yourself and on with your destiny," a motto for which her recently published book was named.
      Recounting her dream-come-true of becoming a Disney princess at the age of 18, Beckham also shared her struggle of overcoming bulimia and finding true purpose in her life.
      Although she wore the shoes of Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, Beckham said she didn't feel like a princess, until she heard the Gospel message of Jesus Christ during a Billy Graham event she attended while working for Disney in Tokyo, Japan.
      "God turned my misery into a ministry," she said.
      Along with her husband Anthony who uses his ministry Power Unlimited as a platform to present to youth his challenge of "living life on purpose," the two said they spoke to more than 165,000 young people last year alone.
      Beckham performed power feats of tearing a phone book in half and folding a frying pan into a burrito Wednesday night as he encouraged Metter's youth to "be everything Christ commissioned [them] to be."
      The New Life Baptist Church Praise Team, Letters to Rome, provided music throughout the evening.
      The event was free and was sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Candler Family Connections, and Candler County Youth on Mission.

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