Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials
INITIATIVE – A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed by Pastor Ralph Godfrey
Senior Pastor, New Life Temple Church, Cincinnati, OH
October 29, 2001
JOE AND THE INITIATIVE OF HIS COACHES
Joe* is a young man 12 years of age. Raised in a single parent home and surrounded by many negative influences, he sat on the brink of troubled times. Never given attention by a loving male, he longed to be coached and encouraged. Although he was large for his age he was never encouraged to play sports. His mom attended church, but Joe was slowly drifting away from the care that could be provided there. Coaches of our basketball teams approached Joe and asked if he’d like to play basketball. “Yes” was his resounding response! The first days of disciplined practice were difficult. While encouraging Joe, the coaches took the opportunities as “teachable moments” to focus on the bible-based character qualities of endurance, courage and practice. As time went on the physical training and love shown by his coaches and teammates began to transform Joe. The coaches who Joe now looked up to began to ask more of Joe. “How was school? How was he getting along with others and at home? Joe willingly began to share his struggles of school, home and neighborhood. The coaches continued to praise, pray, encourage, and admonish Joe, and Joe responded. In the final game of last winter’s season, Joe scored 37 points! And at school, Joe is now getting straight A’s.
*Not his real name
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