Stand For Life Touring College Campuses, Rangers Rookie Proclaims Christ & Churches Can Lead a City of Prayer
Pro-life advocacy ministry Stand For Life is touring college campuses to engage students, churches and communities in building a society that values and protects all of humanity as created in God’s image. Jason Holly, the youth minister at First Baptist Church in Elizabethton, Tennessee, remembers when Texas Rangers rookie outfielder Evan Carter was a boy playing in the local Grasscutter football league for 6-8-year-olds. And, in 1988, 75 New York City churches gathered to pray. Eventually the number grew to 2,000 churches.
Pro-life advocacy ministry Stand For Life is touring college campuses to engage students, churches and communities in building a society that values and protects all of humanity as created in God’s image.
California Baptist University (CBU) is the next stop on the tour that launched Sept. 26 at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, continues with Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and ends with Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn.
The tour is designed to educate, equip and join university communities in building a society where everyone has inherent value and is treated with dignity based on Scripture, said Stand for Life CEO Elizabeth Graham.
Jason Holly, the youth minister at First Baptist Church in Elizabethton, Tennessee, remembers when Texas Rangers rookie outfielder Evan Carter was a boy playing in the local Grasscutter football league for 6-8-year-olds. Holly had a tiny Superman logo printed specifically for Carter.
Rangers fans are starting to agree with that assessment. Carter started the 2023 season in the minors and is finishing in the World Series. The 21-year-old became the youngest player since Mickey Mantle to bat third in a World Series lineup in Friday’s opening game.
He made an immediate impact for Texas, doubling off the wall in the first inning to drive in the game’s first run. Carter has reached base safely in all 14 games he’s played in this year’s postseason.
He’s been seen on TV recently sporting a t-shirt that says Jesus Won. It’s printed in partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Proceeds from sales of the shirt benefit Central Cares, a program from Carter’s home church in Tennessee that helps provide for children in impoverished situations, and to help provide an environment for young baseball players in their community to succeed.
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In 1988, 75 New York City churches gathered to pray. Eventually the number grew to 2,000 churches. In the years during and following the prayer gatherings churches like Times Square Church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Redeemer Presbyterian emerged to reach thousands of people for Christ in New York City.
In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman writes, “Amazing things occur when churches pray together for their city.”
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