Hard Work & Miracles & Coach of the Year Award
Faithfulness in difficult places often looks like, as one writer has said, a long obedience in the same direction. That phrase best sums up missionary Kay Bennett’s ministry to the marginalized in one of America’s most challenging cities. And, As March Madness bounces into action, the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Southwest Region has announced its selections for the 2022-2023 men’s basketball honors. Among the recipients are Spurgeon College coach Billy Livezey, who was named Coach of the Year. Two players on the team also received national honors.
Faithfulness in difficult places often looks like, as one writer has said, a long obedience in the same direction. That phrase best sums up missionary Kay Bennett’s ministry to the marginalized in one of America’s most challenging cities.
Bennett, a missionary with the North American Mission Board (NAMB), has served through the Baptist Friendship House for more than 30 years. She works among those society routinely overlooks, believing that the Gospel message can transform any person’s life.
Through their ministry, the Baptist Friendship House gives out food, clothing and hygiene kits in backpacks that help meet the needs for those in the community.
Bennett first met a young woman named Yvonne Schaad in 2006. She visited the Baptist Friendship House when they were handing out food. For 10 years, Schaad would attend a Bible study while continuing to struggle with alcoholism and live on the streets of New Orleans before things began to change.
The overwhelming love Schaad experienced from Bennett and others at the Baptist Friendship House played a huge role in the transformation that led to her turn from his past and trusting Jesus Christ.
Now, she has been sober for several years and regularly comes to the Friendship House to serve and minister to the homeless. With the help of Bennett and her staff, Schaad completed her GED and is working.
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As March Madness bounces into action, the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Southwest Region has announced its selections for the 2022-2023 men’s basketball honors. Among the recipients are Spurgeon College coach Billy Livezey, who was named Coach of the Year. Two players on the team also received national honors.
Livezey, who completed his first year as head coach at Spurgeon College this year, led the men’s basketball team in a historic season.
Spurgeon College President Jason Allen says he’s happy to see Livezey receive the recognition he’s due.
Before joining Spurgeon College as head coach, Livezey spent seven years in college athletics and has been a part of six conference championships and four NCAA national tournament appearances.
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