Summer can be a busy time for us with our families; however, the ministry of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders continues in earnest. In 2011 God birthed Crossover Athletics at H.I.S. BridgeBuilders to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple and teach life lessons to youth in Bonton through sports. Brandon McCain leads Crossover Athletics for H.I.S. BridgeBuilders.
Bonton youth are confronted with many challenges. Those challenges range from single parent homes, to dealing drugs, to gang violence, to very high dropout rates. The dropout rate in Bonton exceeds 50%, but during the last two years we have experienced an 89% graduation rate for those that participate in Crossover Athletics.
Shaquille is one of the many kids Brandon has helped. Before he got involved in Crossover Athletics, Shaq was dangerously close to succumbing to the call of street life, as he was already involved in violence and drugs in high school. Shaq was clearly on the road to dropping out of school and failing to attain a diploma. All of this changed, however, when a friend invited him to join his Crossover Athletics basketball team. The team’s prayers intrigued Shaq in his early days at Crossover Athletics, as he began to think more deeply about his own purely nominal faith. This interest culminated with Shaq giving his life to the Lord at a basketball camp, where the Holy Spirit spoke through Brandon about Christ and touched Shaq’s heart. This decision served as a turning point in Shaq’s life.
Crossover Athletics was used by God to miraculously change Shaq, who has left fighting and selling drugs and recently graduated high school. He has plans to enter the military at the end of August. He also plans to return to warn kids of the dangers of the street and to share his story of change through Christ.
Crossover Athletics is cultivating the next generation of godly men to make a difference in their neighborhood. With Brandon closely walking beside the Crossover Athletics youth, and implementing a consistent program of accountability and discipleship, many kids, like Shaq, have begun to experience drastic change in their lives. The power of grace has made them new creations and has started to break the cycle that has trapped Bonton for generations.