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
MARCUS AND FAMILY RESPOND TO INITIATIVE
Marcus* is a free bird in the neighborhood. Mom has struggled with addiction for years, as does his uncle now. Marcus was a terror at school, being suspended several times for being incorrigible. Marcus never had a daddy. He never played sports but dreamed of being Michael Jordon. Marcus is 11 years old. One day one of the church volunteers saw Marcus crossing the railroad tracks and called out to him. Marcus tentatively came over to him. The man asked him, “would you like to play basketball?” A dream came across Marcus’ face: “Yes” he yelled! The practices and discipline were difficult for him, yet he stuck with it as the coaches continued to train and encourage. Frustration and broken promises had been his constant companions all his life, it seemed. Each time he made a breakthrough in his game, his coaches and teammates cheered. Marcus began to open up, and in time dedicated his life to Christ (in a team huddle!). He still has his struggles, but both his behavior in school and his grades have improved. And in his family, his mom and uncle have been affected by both the love that has been shown to Marcus and by the changes they have witnessed in his life. Both his mom and uncle are now attending church and enrolled in a small group learning about Christ.
*Not his real name
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