Random Acts of Kindness Week

This week is random acts of kindness week. I just happened to have had an email come to me today that left me crying profusely at my office desk. This is a story you have to see. I have copied the email below and included the youtube video link at the bottom. Read, watch and be inspired to show the love of Christ to someone this week. Let it be a catalyst that starts a lifestyle of caring for you and yours.

“There was an unusual high school football game played in Grapevine, Texas. The game was between Grapevine Faith Academy and the Gainesville State School. Faith is a Christian school and Gainesville State School is located within a maximum security correction facility.

Gainesville State School has 14 players. They play every game on the road. Their record was 0-8. They’ve only scored twice. Their 14 players are teenagers who have been convicted of crimes ranging from drugs to assault to robbery. Most had families who had disowned them. They wore outdated, used shoulder pads and helmets. Faith Academy was 7-2. They had 70 players, 11 coaches, and the latest equipment.

Chris Hogan, the head coach at Faith Academy, knew the Gainesville team would have no fans and it would be no contest, so he thought, “What if half of our fans and half of our cheerleaders, for one night only, cheered for the other team?” He sent out an email to the faithful asking them to do just that. “Here’s the message I want you to send,” Hogan wrote. “You’re just as valuable as any other person on the planet.”

Some folks were confused and thought he was nuts. One player said, “Coach, why are we doing this?” Hogan said, “Imagine you don’t have a home life, no one to love you, no one pulling for you. Imagine that everyone pretty much had given up on you. Now, imagine what it would feel like and mean to you for hundreds of people to suddenly believe in you.”

The idea took root. On the night of the game, imagine the surprise of those 14 players when they took the field and there was a banner the cheerleaders had made for them to crash through. The visitors’ stands were full. The cheerleaders were leading cheers for them. The fans were calling them by their names. Isaiah, the quarterback-middle linebacker said, “I never in my life thought I would hear parents cheering to tackle and hit their kid. Most of the time, when we come out, people are afraid of us. You can see it in their eyes, but these people are yelling for us. They knew our names.”

Faith won the game, and after the game the teams gathered at the 50-yard line to pray. That’s when Isaiah, the teenage convict-quarterback surprised everybody and asked if he could pray. He prayed, “Lord, I don’t know what just happened so I don’t know how or who to say thank you to, but I never knew there were so many people in the world that cared about us.” On the way back to the bus, under guard, each one of the players was handed a burger, fries, a coke, candy, a Bible, and an encouraging letter from the players from Faith Academy.”

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6 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, I am crying my eyes out right now. This is sooo precious. There truly are good people who really care about others who have been less fortunate. To those precious souls, you are truly valuable. You do have potential. Do not give up yourselves. You have significance. God made you in HIS likeness…you are all children of the MOST HIGH KING. That makes you a PRINCE…:) and an heir of God, the Father. You ARE loved. Your TRUE Father, your maker, looks at you with pride and so much love, you cannot even imagine….know that you are special and precious in God’s sight…please don’t ever forget that….Love and prayers, Trudy

  2. I wanted to cry like a baby! God’s love always amazes me. I pray that I can always have a heart of God. Thank you for sharing this story. It makes me so happy to know that there are so many of God’s children out there who “Love God Love People”! Lets go out there and show God’s love Fellowship family!

  3. Praise the Lord Kevin, I am so proud of you, I have watched you grow not only into a great young man but, also a a SPIRITUAL LEADER. Jesus has much more for you just don’t ever forget where Jesus bought you from and he is truly taking you places. Love you and God bless you.

  4. This is the second posting I am doing, something regarding my e-mail address. Anyway Kevin I am so proud of you, I have watched you grow into a wonderful young man, a husband, father remember never forget how you got where you are, and Jesus is going to do even much more for you, stay focused adn also remember to get rest because you cannot do God’s work when you are over tired. Love you much, remember Jehovah nissi he is your security, your banner and your victory.
    God bless you
    Sister Dorothy

  5. Such a wonderful story of the Church at its best. I want to share this with all who are turned off by church “as usual”. We can “think outside [our own] boxes” and let God help us get ideas from His “box” as this coach and Christian school did! Thank you so much for sharing this story!

  6. This is such an awesome example of caring and showing others the love of Christ. I pray that I can carry this into my daily life. Thank you so much for sharing this! Bless you!

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