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Jericho Project brings down walls

by Caryn Haller

Shannon LitzKevin Suter bends a bar into the shape of a fish at Valley Christian

In 1 minute, 15 seconds, Kevin Suter bent a 4-foot steel bar into the configuration of an 18-inch fish.


“Our No. 1 purpose in every event is for people to know God loves them,” the 6-foot, 255 pound Suter said. “No matter where they come from, what they’ve done, or who they’ve been in the past God loves them and has a plan for them.”

Suter is founder of The Jericho Project, a Las Vegas-based ministry that travels the United States and overseas performing strength demonstrations and evangelizing.

The Jericho Project is performing Friday along with singer Jacob Thomas at Valley Christian Fellowship in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Suter, 28, and his team break bricks, bend steel bars, tear phone books, break baseball bats, tear license plates and blow fire.

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“We captivate people’s attention, then we share our stories and God captivates their hearts. This is the exact definition of, ‘using the foolish things of this world to confound the wise,'” Suter said citing 1 Corinthians 1:28. “We want people to get Jesus, and not remember us, but what God did while we were there.”

The Jericho Project began in February of this year following Suter’s seven-year relationship with Montana-based, The Strength Team.

“After the first time with The Strength Team I thought it was the dumbest ministry in the world,” Suter said. “I’m not running through 2x4s and breaking things with my head. This is not ministry.”

It wasn’t until after the altar call where more than 500 people received Christ that Suter said his mind was changed.

“I was able to preach and receive the altar call, and I knew this is what I was going to do the rest of my life,” Suter said. “I saw the impact and the need. It just works, and God is all over it.”

According to Suter, the event is geared toward families.

“We know if you can reach the parents, you’ll reach the kids, and if you reach the kids, you’ll reach the parents,” he said. “It’s very real life. It’s us telling our stories. Everyone can relate to the truth, and you don’t have to be a church person to come out.”

For more information on The Jericho Project, visit www.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

Valley Christian Fellowship is located at 811 Short Court, next to the Pizza Factory.

For more information, call 265-4100.

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