So let’s try this again…Mission Monday is a link up with other missionaries across the country, sharing how they are living the mission of the New Evangelization.
Saturday we spent our afternoon at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium, where we have spent many Fall Saturday afternoons over the last three years. Yesterday, however, would be the last time. No, we don’t know our plans for next year…but we do know the plans for the stadium. It will be demolished on Monday. In its 54 year history, there were close to 300 games played, some won, some lost. All loved and cherished by alumni, community members, and fans alike. Monday will begin the final phase of the new stadium project which includes a significant upgrade of seating, an additional jumbo scoreboard, and a turf field. It’ll be neat, but it is sad to see the traditional stadium full of memories go.
How does this relate to the mission? I could write about change…I could write about traditions…but today I just want to write a little about what Andrew (and the missionaries before him) have done for the mighty Jackrabbits, both on and off this field.
Andrew started a Bible study with just a couple of guys on the team three years ago. Attendance was spotty, their prayer lives and frequency of the Sacraments was a little less than stellar. But over time, through prayer and perseverance (and a little coaxing by way of the players’ parents!) these young men have formed a solid study with close to 15 guys attending weekly, being led by one of their own teammates, and even stop to pray with one another prior to each game. God is good!!
Andrew hasn’t missed a single home game in three years, and the boys, along with their parents, attribute his own zeal for their souls to be inspiring as to how zealous they should be not only for the sport they play, but also the seal they should have for glorifying the Lord in all they do.
It’s been fun watching so many of these young men grow up and mature on and off the field, and around our dinner table (and boy, can they eat!!) It has also been such a blessing to watch their relationships with the Lord transform as true sons seeking the Father’s will in their lives.
To end, here’s a few fun pictures with the guys over the last couple years — go big, go blue, go jacks!!