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

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