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FCA Staff Impact: Jason Warnock and The Power of Prayer

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FCA Staff Impact: Jason Warnock and The Power of Prayer

Written by Sarah Roberts

Billy Graham is quoted as saying “a coach will impact more kids in a year than an average person will in a lifetime.” FCA Staff serve their state in four areas: Coaches, Campus, Camps, and Community. We know the heart of this ministry is ministering to and through the coaches on our campuses. We understand the influence they have and the struggles they deal with in their schools and on their teams. We consider it an honor and privilege to come along side the coach to give encouragement to them and prayer over them.

Here is a story that shows the heart of a coach in the western part of Oklahoma who is using his role as a coach for God’s Kingdom…

(Told by Jason Warnock, FCA Staff in Western Oklahoma)

I went to speak at a huddle the other night. After the athletes left, the coach walked me out to leave. As we walked out, I began to share with him that he had been on my heart, and I had been praying for him. He stopped and looked at me and began to pour out his heart; for over an hour we stood there encouraging one another.
One of the cool stories he shared with me, and I asked permission to share with others is the following: He has been coaching for years and getting close to retiring, but he said this year has been one of the toughest. His son is on the high school team, and he has watched him face adversity through injury, other players, and other coaches. He has not stepped in and showed any favoritism. He said that football teaches so many life lessons; so, instead of getting frustrated and bitter at the circumstances, he decided to put it into God's hands. He is not doing it with just one prayer. Every morning before the sun comes up, he gets on his bike and rides around his city to every single house of coaches and players. He prays over each and everyone of them. He truly wants those on the team to be successful, and he said if it takes him getting up every morning and praying for them that is what He is going to do.

We are so thankful for coaches like this that are fighting for their players in prayer on and off the field!


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