A Coach’s Influence

“One coach will impact more young people in one year than the average person does in a lifetime.” – Dr. Billy Graham

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This week, local soccer coach Ramon Reid shared his testimony at Corona del Mar Middle School. He described growing up in a home that never talked about God and his absolute devastation when, at eleven years old, he learned his parents were getting divorced. Without anyone or anything to turn to, Ramon felt hopeless and alone. He explained, “I didn’t want to live anymore, but I also didn’t want to die, so I needed something to live for.”

At this point, an older cousin invited him to attend a Christian summer camp and, for the first time, Ramon was touched by the power of the Gospel. Even though he was scared, Ramon made a decision to follow Christ and has been walking with him since that day.

Ramon now coaches soccer in Orange County and has the opportunity to encourage and sumport countless students on a daily basis. He gets to model Christ’s abundant love for his athletes and stand in the gap for those that may be experiencing their own struggles and trials. Speaking at FCA huddle, Ramon had the unique opportunity to articulate the faith behind his heart for young athletes and was able to minister to students through his story. Some of Ramon’s players were at huddle that day and were able to witness a man they respect and admire use his influence to point to Jesus.

The impact of such a moment is greater than we can ever comprehend, but to even glimpse significance of Ramon’s story and influence was a blessing beyond compare.

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