Reaching Student Athletes

Each year, USC serves dozens of pre-game meals through our Beautiful Feet ministry. These meals are prepared by volunteers, parents and community members. What makes these meals special, however, is that before each meal the high school athletes hear a Christ-centered message. After nearly four years of serving meals, USC is seeing more and more athletes seeking answers about salvation.

Last week, the athletes watched a video featuring the testimony of Tyrone Flowers. Tyrone grew up in a primarily low-income, urban neighborhood like many of our students. But his story took a tragic turn when he was shot by a fellow athlete his senior year of high school. The shooting made him lose use of one arm and he was not able to walk again.  Even though he could have been angry at the world and his shooter, he forgave his shooter and used his story to share the power of Christ.

After the video, Pastor Chuck Allen posed this question to the team: “Why are you here?” He used Tyrone’s testimony to challenge the boys in their walk with God. After the talk, eight boys surrounded Chuck to learn more about salvation through Jesus Christ.

Pastor Chuck Allen was so moved by this experience that he contacted Tyrone Flowers to ask if he could meet the boys in person. Last Friday, the entire boys’ basketball team got the chance to meet Tyrone and ask him any questions they had about his life and his walk with God. The head coach of the basketball team told us that the boys don’t come to USC each week for the meal – they come for the message of Christ.

Scripture: Mark 11:25: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Other News:

  • 17 students from the USC will be volunteering at Metro Lutheran Ministries and visiting a
    Senior Living Center next Monday, February 18.
  • Thank you to Lawrence Wesleyan Church for designating USC to be the recipient of the proceeds from the 2013 Serve Banquet.
  • Students from the University of Phoenix will be volunteering at the USC this Friday, February 15.

Prayer Requests and Needs:

  • Pray of our Life Enrichment mentors as they teach about purity and marriage to our after-school students this week.
  • Please pray for the USC as we share the Gospel with students and parents on Wednesday evenings at Soul Food Discipleship.
  • We are still in need of healthy snacks for students in our after-school discipleship program. Please contact Alex Mathew at [email protected] if you can donate snacks.
  • Please continue to pray for us as we finalize plans for our Benefit Dinner on April 11 at the USC.