EVEN before this Holy Week, Star’s players already had time for reflection.
The Hotshots a few weeks ago welcomed a US-based sports ministry that conducted bible study after the team’s practice.
Randy Shepherd, a former college player and co-founder of Crossfire Ministry, paid a visit to one Hotshots training session and spread the good news by impressively spinning a basketball on a spoon, a toothbrush, and a cellphone antenna – three representations.
“(With the spoon), I talk about ‘Taste and see the Lord is good,’” he said, referring to Psalm 34:8. “Jesus wants to clean your heart up – the toothbrush, and the cellphone – going around the world to share the gospel.”
“We just want to use our talents to bring glory and honor to God,” the 52-year-old former UNC-Asheville standout added.
The Hotshots practice was one of several stops in a seven-city tour in the country that week by Crossfire, which is made up of former college players and born-again athletes.
Shepherd even gave a pray-over to select Hotshots players, including Marc Pingris.
“Sa panahon ngayon, syempre kailangan rin natin ng mga guidance,” the Hotshots star power forward said. “Ang basketball, mawawala rin sa buhay natin yan minsan eh. Pero si Lord, kailangan steady yan sa buhay natin.”