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Wrestlers honor Laymen Brotherhood

A presentation proclaiming Saturday Laymen Brotherhood Second Chance Outreach Center Day in Bainbridge and Decatur County highlighted a night of professional wrestling to benefit the Christian outreach ministry for troubled youth.

The Rev. Adren Bivins Sr., founder of the ministry, was presented the proclamation from U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr. by the Congressman’s aide Wallace Sholar of Cairo.

In the final match of the night at Hutto Middle School’s Bynes-Greenlee Gymnasium, the Rev. Bivins, who for years was a highly successful professional wrestler known as the Black Assassin, came out of retirement for one match and beat his opponent, the masked Scorpion, by pin.

Through his Laymen Brotherhood Second Chance Outreach Center, founded by the Rev. Bivins and his wife, Sylvia, in 2007, services such as motivational speaking, mentoring and the presentation of Bibles, food, school supplies, shelter, and anger and stress management sessions have been provided to more than 300 families.

The Rev. Bivins says the mission of his ministry is to help young men become the man that God intended him to be.

Special guest at Saturday night’s event was former wrestling champion Chris Sullivan, originally from Bainbridge and an ordained Baptist minister, who served as master of ceremonies and gave a Christian testimony.