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Church shows love for Barstow; Famed actor to share testimony
BARSTOW • Pastor Abel Rodriguez and the Victory Outreach Church of Barstow are sharing their love for Barstow on Thursday and Friday night as part of a two-day event called “I Love Barstow.”
The event will kick off on Halloween at 6 p.m. with a Family Fun-Fest that will include free food, game booths, bounce houses, an obstacle course, live music, entertainment and a costume contest.
“We’re preparing about 2,000 candy bags and 1,000 meals for Thursday night,” Rodriguez said. “We’re just excited. The whole month has been called ‘I Love Barstow.’ We’re a church that is here for Barstow; we pray for the community of Barstow. Last year’s event had about 700 people, this year we’re expecting over 1,000 because we have been growing so much.”
Rodriguez said the church has been “outgrowing” its current location and averages about 120 people at its services. They have had as many as 200 people fill the church service.
The event will continue on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., headlined by actor Noel G. and musical act 2nd Chance.
According to Rodriguez, the actor and musician are both active members of the church.
“I have drove past Barstow in the past but have never actually stopped there; I’m looking forward to it,” the actor said via telephone on Tuesday. “It’s going to give my testimony and explain how God changed my life and has guided my life in a positive direction. I’m going to share my life-changing story about having hope.”
The actor, who prefers to be called Noel G., has been cast in films such as Training Day, The Fast and the Furious, The Dark Knight Rises and Bruce Almighty, is best known for his roles as a stone-faced gangster.
Noel G. doesn’t shy away from talking about his past. He shares his story to help inspire others who may feel there is no purpose to life. According to the actor, fortune and fame did not bring him the happiness that he enjoys today.
“Back in those days, I never saw myself a married man,” Noel G. said. “I had dreams of becoming the next Hugh Hefner. Money and women. But now I tour around with my wife, sharing our story. Now my only purpose is to serve God. That’s my only care in life.”
For more information about the actor’s story visit www.godsterz.com. For more information about the Victory Outreach Church of Barstow visit www.vobarstow.com.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.