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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Church Basketball

Norm (Josh's Dad), Todd, Dudley, Tan, Rick, Big Josh, Calvin
Just wanted to throw in a picture of the recent CHAMPIONS for the Shepherd of the Hills Basketball Summer League 2007. If you don't recognize me, I am the old guy in the middle.... hahahahaha

Big Joshua (the TALLEST guy) is the Sports Director here at our church. He is doing an incredible job here at church by using the venue of sports to reach people for Christ. In a way, this team has become my small group.

The gentleman on the far right recently lost his 38-year-old sister to a tragic homicide just a few days ago... We gathered around Calvin and prayed for him and his family, as they struggle through these difficult days. It was, for me, the REASON why we have a sports ministry - because not everyone in the picture above is saved. But that night, after the game, everyone was standing in a circle around Calvin, as we lifted him before the Lord. There wasn't a dry eye in the group. As I left the church that night, I prayed that those who did not yet know God would feel the burden and sorrow Calvin felt. Even more so, I prayed they would truly know, through the prayers offered up by the team, that ONLY the LORD GOD can bring comfort and strength, and that TODAY is the day of Salvation!!! Maranatha!!!


Annett said...

I'm a friend of Calvin and that is so sad and disturbing about his sister. But.. I know being a professional athlete myself, Sports can truly be "Ministry"! May God bless the sports ministry at Shepherd as you all have fun, while being a support for one another, and salt and light for Jesus' glory! Congrats on being champs as well!

ndawg10 said...

I had been blessed to be able to pull together a team of players and mostly non-believers with the basketball ministry. (Team Noahs Arcs) We won a championship our first season and with the grace of God I watched my teammates grow together in Christ. It was not easy, but it was worth it all. As a team captain I was able to meet Calvin several times. My prayers go out to him and his family as I have moved to Iowa and I am sadden that I am not able to tell him personally. God has a plan for me here and I know he is watching over my brother Calvin, his family and the Shepherd basketball ministry. God Bless you all and I will continue to send a storm of prayers to my brothers and sisters in Shepherd of The Hills Porter Ranch. I miss you all God Bless.