There is one thing that continues to become clearer to me through the years of working for FCA, and it is the fact there is nothing more important than the influence one life can have on another. Character Coaching for the Westminster Football Program has provided me that opportunity for the past 7 years. My goal is to be available and to build a rapport with each player, but reality is you cannot be everything to every player so I pray that God would work in their hearts in His timing. One of those players who I gravitated to was Zane Lewis, but never really realized what God was doing in his heart through FCA until years later. Take a moment to read FCA’s impact on Zane’s life:
“From the bird’s eye view my family seems like a ‘Perfect Christian Family’. Truthfully that’s not us, but that’s ok. We struggled with money a lot, we lost two of our houses and had to move twice between my 8th grade year and freshman year of high school. After that my brother had a child after he got out of college, my nephew is a huge blessing and I love him with all my heart. But it was hard time because we just moved into a smaller home and my sister had to leave college because we couldn’t afford the tuition for her school.
While all this was going on I was just starting high school. I was starting on varsity as a freshman and I was one of the most popular people in my school. Something still felt off, and only one person noticed that. His name was Brandon Johnson. Brandon saw that I had my popularity mixed up with my purpose and I had put football before faith at times. He noticed that I had knowledge of the gospel and ask me to come out to FCA. For the first few weeks of the school year I kind of avoided it. I went one time and I was hooked. I began to look up to all the leaders and I tried to live like them. I was in the presence of God more because of FCA but I still struggled with being popular. It wasn’t until my sophomore year when Brandon asked me to be a leader for FCA. I did my first lesson on forgiveness it was then I realized that I had a purpose. Other than being cool and playing sports, I was a child of God which is the best thing that could be said about you. I wasn’t perfect in High School, but my faith was growing.
Before I knew it, I was off to college and football camp started at Shepherd University. I received a preferred walk on spot and was determined to make the team. Unfortunately, that was my only focus, I suffered a shoulder injury the first day and my chances of staying on the team were slim. I called my dad crying and he gave me advice to go back to Christ and read the book of James. I grew a closer relationship with Christ, and He blessed me with the ability to come back earlier than expected from my injury. I practiced well enough and prayed hard enough to make the team. My teammates, Jared and Ponce, invited my roommate Jonari and I to FCA and a few weeks later Jonari gave his life to Christ and now we are both leaders in FCA at Shepherd University!
I am blessed to say FCA has been with me every step of the way from High school to college I have made so many friends and I have seen Gods work firsthand, whether it be with me or a loved one. I also have a relationship with Christ that can never be broken because He gave up His life for my sins. Thank You FCA and Thank Lord Jesus!”
Zane’s journey hasn’t been perfect, but that is OK because his Savior is. Zane is able to grow in his faith in Jesus, and also been able to share it with his teammates and classmates at WHS and now Shepherd University through FCA.
-Brandon Johnson, Carroll County, MD, November 2019
Posted on Wed, December 4, 2019
by Amanda Ganger