You’ve been hearing me talk about GameTime a lot lately. The event is now over and was awesome!
The sports and cheer camps, along with a kid zone, happened in the afternoon. It was such a joy to watch the athletes working with the kids – they had so much fun! Our counselors were excited to be there, and did a great job connecting with the kids during the Gospel presentation. There were about 72 decisions for Christ that afternoon!
The evening portion of the event took place in Neyland Stadium. It rained for just a couple of minutes at the beginning of the evening, but it quickly dissipated after everyone prayed. There was a local brother-sister group (Charles & Taylor) that sang first to get things started. Chris Walker and Nick Reveiz, both UT football players, gave very stirring testimonies of what Jesus has done in their lives. Superchick followed with a great performance – you could tell that they were excited to be there. Chaplain Roger Woods got on the stage for a few minutes during the offering time.
Group1 Crew gave a very high-energy performance and had encouraging words for the youth in attendance. We heard two more athlete testimonies after that: Tabor Spani and Sarah Van Sickle. Sarah is the athlete who God originally gave the vision of GameTime to. She spoke with much passion as she shared what God has done in her life and the promises He’s given her. As she was sharing about God’s promise to someday fill Neyland Stadium with worshippers (even if it takes years), a brilliant rainbow appeared across the sky over the stadium. The rainbow continued to arch across the sky as Dr. Pete Sulack gave the Gospel message and the call to respond. We saw about 56 people respond to this call to give their lives to Christ. The Holy Spirit’s presence was so thick in that place. Israel Houghton & New Breed band led the entire stadium in worship to a worthy and gracious God.
GameTime was an amazing event where Jesus’ name was lifted high. I feel so privileged to have been a part of it.