Friday, September 11 is a historic day in our country. One for the NYC tragedy that occurred in 2001 and now for the 2015 ATL connection of cultures through the love of the baseball.
Through our partnership with the Braves Jr. R.B.I league (revitalizing baseball in the inner-city), 10 of our boys from inner-city Atlanta played a game against 15 youth from Columbia, South America.
Braves representatives Janet Sevilla and Chase Jubinsky were both in attendance for the once-in-a-lifetime event and left with high praise for our ministry as they proclaimed the night a huge success.
Before and during the game at Maynard Jackson High School, we played the Columbia national anthem, announced the play-by-play action, and played music from Christian hip-hop artists like Lecrae and Toby Mac.
The game itself was a Michael Jackon "thriller".
After jumping to a quick 2-1 lead after two innings, the country of Columbia didn't relinquish their stronghold on the game until the fifth inning thanks to strong pitching from starter Manuel Hernandez.
However, after loading the bases in the fifth Hernandez left the game and our boys took advantage by scoring five runs. Columbia did add another run but never could crack our starter Terrell Glover, a junior from Carver High School, who threw a complete game in seven-innings.
After winning 7-3, we exchanged gifts, hugs, laughs and the gospel with the boys from a crime-infested area of Columbia.
Our director Brent Slade shared John 3:16, with coach Arnie Roberson translating to the team from Columbia. His message was about how we love baseball but we love the one who gives eternal life much more at FCA Urban Baseball.
"Baseball is important but God, Jesus Christ, is mucho importante," said Slade.
Again what opportunity for our ministry to connect the greatest connector of all time, the gospel of Jesus Christ, with the sport of baseball to our boys and also to boys around the world.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16
By- Chris Sherwood, Assistant Director
Posted on Mon, September 14, 2015
by Chris Sherwood