Thursday, October 14, 2010

First Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA

Last night I spoke at First Baptist
Church in Shreveport to softball
teams in the area. There were
Jr. High, High School and College
athletes at the dinner.

We ate, I spoke about the Olympics
and what it takes to be successful.
I also shared about my faith and
how people have impacted me and how
I strive to impact others.

Some of these athletes know all about
success on the softball field:
East Texas Baptist University Softball:
They were National Champions this past year!

A picture of the
2010 NCAA Division III National Champions!

Evangel Christian Academy
Varsity, JV, and Jr. High Softball Teams

After I spoke I signed autographs and we
took a bunch of pictures. One girl (after
being persuaded by her teammate) told me,
"When I was 11, you signed a card for me
at a Baylor softball game and you wrote
Philippians 4:13 on it." She said, "I
wasn't really into reading the Bible
but I looked it up and later I got
more into the Bible. Now that is my
favorite verse."

She probably has no idea how much of
an encouragement that was for me to
hear! So grateful, honored and humbled
to speak and share in Louisiana. I knew
I was in the South because after I spoke,
a boy named Chad asked me to sign my
card to him by putting "You Guys". At
first I didn't get it until it hit me-
they say "Y'all" here!

Thanks to Ronnie Joe and everyone else
that helped to put this event together.

Also a special thanks to Jimmy Watson,
a writer for the Shreveport Times for
interviewing me. Click HERE to see
the article. I learned that Jimmy and
his wife lost their house this past Dec.
in a fire, so please pray for them. He
told me it is very hard, but his faith is
getting them through. The bigger picture
always comes into play as I travel and
meet people!

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