June Updates

God continued His wonderful blessings in the month of June. We ported in Miami from “Cruise with a Cause” on Saturday, June 4th, which was my youngest Ellie Ann-Marie’s birthday. Shelly and I immediately boarded a plane and was headed to Nashville. Sunday, June 5th, I had the opportunity to speak to all the guests attending the Volunteers of American Charity Golf Tournament with a dear friend Randy Brothers. Then, on Monday, June 6th, we had a great time participating in the golf tournament. This event was a blessing and it was great to get to spend some time with so many great friends.

On Sunday, June 12th , I spoke at First Missionary Baptist Church in Ozark, AL with Pastor Sham Jackson. It was a great service and I was honored to have some of my family there as well. Then on Monday, June 13th, I spoke at the revival at my home church Dothan Community Church with Pastor Charles Lewis. It was a powerful service and a blessing to be able to speak to my home church. On Thursday, June 16th, I headed back to Nashville to speak for a business leader breakfast for the Accelerant Organization. I was honored to meet so many great men and women from the area. God blessed me with a great weekend in Nashville with some great friends. I took part in a softball game and had many other fun times with my dear friend and former teammate Brian Burgdorf and his lovely wife Molly.

May and June were busy months but God truly blessed me and allowed me to travel to some amazing places and meet some wonderful people. God is so Good!

Cruise with a Cause

God had laid on my heart to take my entire family on a mission trip. I was able to connect with Dr. Matthew Dunnaway of Tuscaloosa, who heads up “Cruise with a Cause” to get this rolling. On May 28th, my family and I loaded a 15 passenger van and drove down to Miami for the cruise. We boarded the ship on Monday, May 30th, and was on our way to Montego Bay, Jamaica.

This cruise was so powerful and the spirit on this boat was just amazing. The first night, we kicked things off by hearing Pastor John Hagee speak and his son Matthew Hagee sing. It was a powerful start to a powerful week. There was such an amazing lineup of speakers and artists, ranging from Bishop Paul Morton to Casting Crowns. I was even honored to be a speaker on this cruise.

We ported in Montego Bay early Wednesday morning. I headed out with the men in my group and about 30 other men and women to Kingston, the Capital of Jamaica and also one of the most dangerous areas. We were going to speak with the men and women in the prisons, who are some of the most hardened criminals in Jamaica. After we arrived we faced some difficulty, but were finally able to get in. What we saw will forever change us. The conditions in these prisons are unimaginable. This is nothing like prisons here in America, where you have rec rooms, free time, three meals a day, and all supplies you need. While we were there, they were served a small bowl of something that we couldn’t even recognize. They are not even supplied with items for their basic needs. They have to buy them from the store, but most of them have no family who visits or sends money. Some of them said they just wish they could buy a toothbrush and toothpaste. It really makes you realize what we take for granted. I was able to speak to these men for a minute and then we split off and shared the gospel with them. There were several who gave their lives to Jesus and it was truly a blessing. We brought Bibles with us and they were begging for them. What a shame that here in America we have Bibles so freely lying around, but so many of us do not even take the time to read and study them.

Wednesday night we had Jamaica Fest on the beach, where many of the speakers and artists performed for the people in Jamaica. We had thousands of school supplies that everyone had brought and we handed them out to the parents and kids. This event was very powerful. There were over 60,000 people there! It was unreal and the power of God fell on that beach, changing so many lives that night.

On Thursday, we loaded a bus to visit the schools. My group was supposed to be going to an all girls high school, but after sitting outside the gate for about 45 minutes we were unable to get into the school. God had really spoke to me about how much we were needed in that school, but Satan was at work as well. So we decided to join the rest of our bus at Chetwood Memorial Primary School. As soon as we stepped off that bus, God just truly blessed. Those children had our hearts instantly. We split into separate classrooms and were able to share the gospel with these children. There were over 200 decisions that day! Before we left, we gathered into one classroom and those precious children started singing praises to Jesus with such passion. They were jumping up and down, waving their hands in the air, smiling, and singing at the tops of their lungs. They were just so happy to be praising Jesus. They were packed into a small dark classroom, they had no air, and it was so hot. They didn’t have the supplies that we have here. They played basketball with a bag filled with sand in a broken hoop, but they never once complained. They were so happy just to be there. I learned so much from those precious children and they stole my heart. We returned to the boat to board and depart back to Miami.

It was bittersweet leaving Jamaica, but we will be back. We continued to be blessed by more amazing speakers and artists as we headed back to Miami. On Friday, we had our celebration service and found out there were 22,000 people saved during our time in Jamaica! PRAISE BE TO GOD! 22,000 people who gave their lives to Jesus. This Cruise was such an amazing experience and Dr. Matthew and all the people behind the scenes did an amazing job organizing this event. They are planning another one in 2013 and I highly encourage you to take part in this. You can find out more information by searching Cruise with a Cause on facebook and liking their page.

May Updates

God truly blessed my Ministry and allowed me to travel to some amazing places in the month of May. God is so good and He gave me the opportunity to do real Kingdom work for the Body of Christ.

It began May 6th when I headed to West Limestone High School in Elkmont, AL to speak with their students.
God truly moved and they were a great group of students. Then the next night, May 7th, I spoke at the Men’s Event at Salem Springs Baptist Church. This event was powerful, and the men in this community are such a great group. Sunday, May 8th, I spoke for the congregation at Pastor Kevin’s church of Salem Springs Baptist Church. God really moved in this service as well. Everyone in the community was so kind and welcoming, and I had a blessed three days there.

I was honored to be able to speak at the Baccalaureate service at Ridgecrest Baptist Church on Sunday, May 15th. I love any opportunity that God gives me to speak with students about what God has for them if they align their actions with where they are going. Afterall, they are our future. Later that evening, I spoke at the evening service at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with Pastor Ray Jones. God moved in that service also and the entire day was just a blessing.

Friday, May 20th, I headed to Camp Boothe in Green Pond, AL to speak to the men at the invitation of Dan Pierce. This is such a beautiful place and they are doing a great work at Camp Boothe. The next day, May 21st, I drove to Tuscaloosa for the Annual Gene Stallings Reunion. However, this year Coach decided to turn it into a work day for the community, which was affected by the April 27th tornado. We got there that morning and all had breakfast together before going out to the community of Holt to do cleanup. What we saw was unimaginable; every house in that community we were working in was destroyed. The amazing part of the story is that there is a beautiful church in the community within walking distance of the neighborhood. Even though there were so many houses destroyed, the church remained untouched. We split into groups and began cleaning housing lots. It was such hard work, but your heart couldn’t help but go out to these people as we were cleaning up what was left of their homes, their pictures, their memories…their lives. We all pulled together and had a very successful day helping those in need, but that was just a small part and so much is still needed to help all of those affected by these storms.

April Updates

April was a powerful month and I praise GOD for truly blessing my Ministry. It started off when I spoke to the wonderful volunteers who were part of the Bill Glass Prison Ministry on April 1st. I have had the pleasure of working with this ministry many times in the past, and if you ever have a chance to be a part of this ministry with either your time or donations, I highly recommend it. God has given me a heart for inmates and this is a wonderful opportunity to touch the lives of men and women who are probably at their lowest times.

God’s blessings continued as I went out to speak at Tate Baptist Church in Corinth, MS on Monday April 4th with Pastor Mickey Trammel. What a powerful service we had and God really moved that night. April 8th and 9th I preached at a singles conference with Pastor Avery Henry in Snellville, GA, which is right outside of Atlanta. Both the Friday and Saturday services were awesome. God really moved in the lives of the singles who attended, and I was blessed during my time there.

April 10th I headed to Union Chapel AMEZ Zion Church in Montgomery, AL with Pastor S. A. Fields for the Annual Men’s Day. I was invited to this event by an old rival from Auburn and now dear friend Ron Stallworth. God gave me a powerful message to deliver to these men and God moved in a mighty way. On

April 12th I was invited by another dear friend of mine, Coach Bill McDonald, to be the guest speaker at the 13th Annual West Alabama Leadership Prayer Breakfast in Tuscaloosa. We had a great turnout and this was a wonderful event that I had the honor to be asked to be a part of. After that, I traveled to Jackson, MS to Harmony Baptist Church where my close friend Pastor Ricky serves. The service was incredible and we saw God work in a mighty way.

For Resurrection Sunday I drove down to Mobile, AL to speak at Knollwood Church with Pastor Aaron Fruh. Resurrection Sunday is such a powerful time and God moved Mightily in that service. I had many wonderful emails from the members of Knollwood in the days following, telling how God worked in their lives. It was wonderful! I then headed to Jackson, TN to speak with First Baptist Church of Jackson with Pastor Justin Wainscott. This is the home church of my dear friends Bill and Stacy Klein. We had a great time of fellowship and God truly blessed us all.

On April 30th I was scheduled to speak in Gardendale, AL at Christway for their Heart of a Champion Men’s Event, but as you are all very aware, on April 27th a horrific tragedy hit our great state of Alabama. The tornados that hit all over our state were unimaginable and the widespread devastation was heartbreaking. That very night, I immediately headed from where I was speaking in Jackson, TN straight down to Tuscaloosa, AL. We were supposed to have a Charity Golf Tournament with Coach Stallings that very next day. I knew I had to get to Tuscaloosa…the place that was like home to me, the place where I dreamed of going when I was just a young kid, the place where my dream came true as I played for the University of Alabama, the place where I met my late wife Ellen Christina Bible. As I entered the city that was such a big part of my life, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I didn’t even recognize where I was most of the time; buildings just completely gone, homes just gone, people just lost. My daughter Shelly and I spent the next few days doing everything we could to help. We provided food for the people there and cleaned up some of the devastation. I’ve went back several times since then and just the magnitude of the damage and the time it will take to build the city back to where it was is hard to comprehend. There were so many other areas of Alabama that were destroyed as well. So many people have allowed God to use them to help their neighbor, to donate their time to clean up, to donate their money to provide needs, to donate their clothes and personal belongings to people who walked away with only the clothes on their back. It has blessed my heart so much to see how the people of Alabama and so many other states have come together to help those in need. April 27th will be a date none of us will soon forget. My prayers go out still today for the families who were affected by the loss of their loved ones, homes, churches, workplaces and so much more.

God Bless You!