Monday, June 13, 2011

June 12th Trip to Coffield Unit

Sunday morning the Sports Reach team arrived at Coffield and was greeted promptly by men ready to play and fellowship. It didn't take long to determine that the weather was going to be hot and the competition even hotter. The Coffield Bulldogs were full of pride over their recent victory in an all-unit tournament held recently and their spirits were high. The Lord was able to use our time on the field and around the benches for us to start new relationships and srengthen those made on previous trips. Our own David Hanley shared his inspiring testimony and used that to give the men hope and glorify the Lord for what he has done in David's own life.

By lunch time we were on a first name basis with the majority of the men and what began as playfull trash-talking soon opened doors for the Lord to speak a message of hope and love to the men. Our friend Jacob Lee who recently suffered a major head injury while playing softball spoke about the precious gift of life and the amazing healing powers of our Lord. Josh Gentry used his gift of teaching and revealed some scripture to the men while offering other resources like Bible-Study correspondence courses and prayer ministry.

At the end of the day we had competed in five highly contested softball games and spent three group times either speaking to or praying with the men of Coffield. God has created a unique bond between our team and this unit with some great opportunities for ministry in the near future. We are thankful for the impact the Lord had on the unit yesterday and even more grateful for the blessing we each get to take away from this trip.

East Texas Sports Reach

Friday, June 10, 2011


Hey guys,

Pretty soon they are going to start requiring that you be a certified TDCJ volunteer to enter the prisons for our trips.

The good news is it is now easier than ever! Please click on the link below to fill out the online application, then show up on August 21 at Green Acres for the training. Otherwise you have to do the training at a prison, which is somewhere different each time so the next one could be in west Texas or something.

Here is the link:

As I mentioned earlier this year, this is CRUCIAL for our team in the future. Please clear your schedule and plan to attend.

After 2 years, you will have to renew it, but you can do that online as well! I just finished mine and it didn't take long at all.

Do it now and plan on being at the training on August 21 at Green acres.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Next Trip Is This Sunday

Next trip is Sunday, June 12 to the Coffield trustee camp. If you are planning to go, please let Josh know by this Tuesday.

Also, we are going to do something different for the Thursday night meeting. We are going to have a practice/picnic at The ROC. Bring your family, we will have a pavilion for food if you want to eat together and we can take some BP as well.