Lady Lions Basketball Ministers at Pregnancy Center
Waxahachie, TX – March 25, 2011 – Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Lady Lions basketball team had the opportunity to minister at Heartline Pregnancy Center in Warsaw, Indiana on Wednesday, March 16. The team was attending the 2011 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I Women’s National Championship.
The NCCAA sends the winners of their six regional tournaments along with two at-large teams to form an 8-team tournament. They were named the #1 seed at nationals based on their 21-12 record and their exhibition win over NCAA Division I Texas State University.
The day before the tournament NCCAA requires all teams to participate in community service. As host, Grace College led the teams in a time of worship and devotion before everyone dispersed to their service project. Senior Forward Chelsea Jones summarized, “Andria Harshman, Grace College’s Volleyball Coach, challenged us to use basketball as a platform to share our faith in the community.”
SAGU served at Heartline Pregnancy Center, a Christian organization committed to helping young mothers continue their education. Senior Guard Rachel Harris blogged about the testimony of a young lady that Angie, the center’s director, had shared with them. “They just had a young lady come in who was pretty sure she was going to get an abortion. They did a sonogram with her and she began to cry. Seeing the baby inside of her was not just cells that were assembled together…it was a life!”
The ladies assisted the center’s daycare program with playtime, exercise and crafts. Jones recounted, "The kids didn’t want us to leave. Some of the 5 and 6 year olds even convinced their mothers to take them to our last game against Emmanuel College." She expressed how the center’s prayer emphasis and dedication to the women is succeeding. “Angie told us that about 90% of these ladies are graduating high school and going to college.”
For more about SAGU’s Lady Lions Basketball NCCAA journey, read Harris’ “Dear Diary” blog.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.