Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting two new schools (new to me) that were either wanting to start an FCA Huddle or have been going with no FCA staff presence. In both of these situations I was blessed to meet teachers that genuinely care for their students and want to see them come to know Christ. In both situations I was able to leave one of our FCA Coaches Bibles with the teacher and it was great to see how they were so appreciative to not only have a copy of God’s Word, but one specifically designed to help them grow in their walk as coaches/teachers and reach their students. Coming out of the Christmas season I have given many gifts lately. However, it was so refreshing and just a blessing to me to see true joy that comes from giving and receiving gifts that will make an impact on eternity for Christ. I pray that God will give me more and more opportunities to share gifts of the Gospel!
Next week I will be back in Chicago for Moody Bible Institute’s annual missions conference. This year I am only getting to teach one seminar, but it’s one that I feel is very important. I am teaching on the impact that coaches have in the lives of their athletes. Studies show that next to peers and parents, coaches, have the role of largest impact. With such a great chance to impact the lives of the students it’s vital that our coaches are teaching and showing our students wrong from right and most importantly reflecting Christ to the students. In my seminar I am going to talk with MBI students about the impact coaches have, give both good and bad examples of coaching, talk about how coaches need to reflect Christ, and then give ways and helps for coaches to reach students/athletes for Christ.
I would like you to please pray for me as I prepare my presentation. Pray that I will have the time and the wisdom needed for such an important seminar. Pray that when I give the seminar that I will speak clearly and directly to the students to show how vitally needed good coaches are. Pray that myself and the other KMM missionaries that will be at MBI’s missions conference will be able to effectively communicate the ministry of KMM and that God will use our words and passion to lead students into both full and part time positions with KMM. Our mission desperately needs an influx of passionate youth who are on fire for Christ. This conference can be a great tool for God to draw them to KMM. So please please pray!!!