I recently embarked on a journey with FCA’s Area Director for NYC and great friend Pastor Frank Reynoso on the Campus of Fordham University. It all began when I received a text from Pastor Frank at 6 am one Sunday morning asking if I could fill in and share at an 8 am Fordham chapel service. Excited for the opportunity, and with permission from my wife of course, I shared at chapel and then accompanied the team and coaches to breakfast where I met Coach Perkins who coaches the cornerbacks in Fordham’s football program.
Coach Perkins and I continued to keep in touch through morning motivational messages I would send my contacts. One day out of nowhere, Coach Perkins texted me and asked if we could start a Bible study with some of the other Fordham coaches. Pastor Frank and I agreed with the plan, obviously. And we started the Bible study with four coaches, eventually gathering with eight men seeking the Lord together.
During the last session after our ending prayer before the coaches were sent out on their recruiting assignments, Coach Smith, one of Fordham football’s defensive coaches, stops us from exiting and asks to share something. It might have been the first time we heard him speak, so we were all wondering what he wanted to say. After the group gave consent, he said, “I was at church this Sunday and the reading we read reminded me of our meetings here.”
He continued by opening his Bible and reading from Acts 2:42-47: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
It was truly a God moment and it was evident that God is at work within our Fordham University Community.
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
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