The National Day of Prayer for College Coaches, headed up by Pastor Tony Evans, kicked off today at 10 am-10:30 am and was also headed by Clark Kellogg.
Evans gave a sermon at the virtual event, where he talked about Jeremiah 29:11, how there is hope and a plan for Christians even amidst the country falling away from God. Calling Jeremiah 29 a "dark chapter," he talked about how it was a dark time for Israel as they fell away from God and began to follow idols instead.
In this dark time, Evans preached, God promised that those who stay true to Him had a future and a hope and that God had a plan for them.
The National Day of Prayer for College Coaches was started by Murray Garvin, the head coach of South Carolina State's men's basketball team, to help bring Christians together through a unified day of prayer amid the pandemic. Talking to Sports Spectrum, he told the publication on their podcast, "I knew that if I was struggling, that other coaches are struggling. I just wanted to do something to reach the masses."
This collective struggle due to the pandemic is what led him to try to put together the National Day of Prayer for College Coaches. As he said to Sports Spectrum, "It was just a tough year. And so when [God] said, ‘Do something bigger than your friends,’ I texted about five people. I said, ‘We’ve got to pray. God laid it on my heart that we need to pray for all coaches.’"
According to the Nations of Coaches website, "Clark Kellogg and Dr. Tony Evans [led] the first National Day of Prayer for College Coaches. Join us virtually as we set aside 30 minutes to come together as a College Basketball community. This moment of prayer is for every coach from every background in every division on every team and for every person who has the heart to lift up college coaches. Let’s join together in faith – for strength, hope, healing, families and the courage to lead."
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.