During junior high and high school I was really short (under 5 foot as a sophomore in high school) and that caused me to have a terrible self-image. I was very insecure and would constantly worry about what other people thought of me. I'd go to church off and on with my neighbor and his family, but was always too embarrassed to walk down the aisle to invite Christ in my life. However, I often left with tears in my eyes knowing what I was rejecting.
When I was around 15, a couple of young men from a local country Baptist church decided to gather some kids in the rural area where I lived to form a church basketball team. They would bus us to the games, practice and church each week. God really used these men (Ricky & Marvin) to open my heart up more to the gospel. But it wasn't until Christmas of my junior year in high school when I spent quite a bit of time talking to my grandma (who is a strong Christian saint) and after doing some more thinking, it seemed that the only way I could be satisfied with my life was through Jesus Christ. So the week before that Christmas my grandma led me in making a decision to receive Christ as my personal savior. That next Sunday I made a public profession of faith at that country Baptist church and was baptized the following Sunday.
However, it wasn't until my sophomore year in college when I began to really start walking with Christ. And of all places, most of my growth took place in my fraternity house at Mizzou. This is where I started to get involved in Campus Crusade for Christ and was discipled by one of my fraternity brothers. God did an amazing revival in that house. Over the course of those next 4 years, we saw over 50 guys in our house trust Christ and 7 went in to full-time ministry.
Prayer for Fellowship
I look forward to the day when we have hundreds of teenagers that are penetrating middle & high schools all over Springfield, Rogersville, Ozark, etc. with the gospel. There will be future Tigers, Razorbacks, Bears & Panthers that are impacting their collegiate peers with the gospel. Locally & globally there will be thousands of lives that have been “rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” Marriages will be saved. Children will be raised in a home full of grace and truth. Neighborhoods, communities, cities, states & countries all around the world will all be changed by hearing about the person and work of Christ.