The summer of 2012 will be a significant season for the Ambassadors.
I will never forget standing in front of a packed house at Council Road Baptist Church at Justin's funeral. I remember many faces as I had the opportunity to communicate the gospel while we celebrated Justin's life. Though none of us in the room could fully understand the purposes of God that day, we all continued to trust and rely on Him to help us through the pain in our hearts.
At his funeral service, I clearly remember God leading me to make a promise to the Lord and to his family that for the rest of my life, I will tell Justin's story and point people to Jesus.
In those moments at the funeral, I did not realize that God would lead me to write a book called "A Life Worth Following" and He would lead us to start a baseball team called the Ambassadors. This summer, June 3, 2012 will not only be the 10th anniversary of Justin Sullivan's death but it will also be the beginning of the 5th season for the Ambassadors.
Though I will never be able to understand all the complexities of life and death, one thing that I do understand is that God is strong, God is faithful and His purposes are good.
Today, I was reading in the book of Acts and God spoke to my heart in chapter 13 through a captivating and inspiring verse.
“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed." Acts 13:36
Today, I am inspired by David. Even though he made many mistakes in his life, the scripture says that David served God's purpose in his own generation and then he died. I am also inspired by a kid named Justin that grew up in my student ministry at Council Road who did the same thing. David as a shepherd, soldier and King of Israel served God's purposes in his generation and then died. Justin as a son, student, and the first Ambassador baseball player, also served God's purposes in his generation and then he died.
I am not trying to be morbid or scare anyone but there is a reality for everyone reading this blog today. There is going to be a day when each one of us will also walk through that door of death. Though it will come in different ways and at different times, we would all be wise to evaluate the way we are living today. Right now, are you serving God's purpose in your generation? In this moment, do you find yourself following God's plan for your life and living for something greater than yourself? Do you have a genuine faith in God that impacts the way you live? Are you serving His purposes during your generation?
As of right now, we are only a few months before the start of this season and God continues to bless us. We are close to having a full roster. (Though we can always use more pitching.) We have a full schedule. We have amazing coaches. We have a yellow bus. We have a tremendous plan for ministry. And, most importantly, we have a clear plan to communicate the gospel to everyone we meet.
What we need now is your help in connecting with some of God's people who can partner with us to complete the funding for the summer.
We are asking the Lord to send us 300 Ambassadors who would give $300. Will you be one of these 300?
If you choose to join us, your investment will be used to change the lives of 24 players and 4 coaches, sending them across the United States and to the Dominican Republic to share the gospel with thousands of people through the game of baseball.
I have no doubt that it was the Spirit of God leading us to form this baseball team. Since we started, God has blessed the work of our hands and opened a door to the baseball community that is truly supernatural. It has definitely been an adventure that has proven to be bigger than any of us could have ever imagined.
Please join us by spreading the word about our ministry and by being one of 300 people partnering involved in sharing the gospel on and off the baseball field.
You can make a tax-deductible donation on-line at www.alifeworthfollowing.org or you can send a check to P.O. Box 720782 OKC, OK 73172.
Thank you and God Bless.
Fri, February 10, 2012
by Chris Wall