Even though the campus at the University at Buffalo looks like a ghost town, ministry continues to roll on with student athletes and coaches. Actually, the quarantine policy has allowed me to spend more quality time with them because our schedules are not so demanding on both sides. I’ve depended on the good old telephone; FaceTime has helped immensely with doing one-on-one mentoring and discipleship. They are telling me their faith journey has deepened because of the quarantine and because they have a lot more free time. I know, without a doubt, that this more open schedule has led to many deep and eye-opening discussions centered around the Lord and His Word.
Our Monday night campus-wide meetings are now on Zoom. They last approximately 90 minutes with plenty of discussion wrapped around a particular biblically-based topic. We have also started a Bible study with the Women’s Basketball Team over Zoom. While many of the girls have expressed interest in the past, it was always a challenge to find a meeting time due to the girls having different workout and class schedules. This past week we had our first scheduled Bible study with almost half of the team signing into Zoom! The Head Coach called me to express how much the girls need this time and how grateful she is that I am meeting with the girls.
While cancelled seasons and online classes have been a source of stress and frustration for student athletes, the Lord has provided a way to connect more frequently and deeply with athletes and their coaches at the University of Buffalo. To God be the glory!
Cal Kern and his wife Sherrie are SCORE missionaries living in Buffalo, NY.
Cal serves as the Chaplain at the University of Buffalo.
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Pictured below: Two Women’s Basketball Team athletes (taken pre-quarantine) who attended the Zoom Bible study this past week. Cal doing a FaceTime mentoring session with a football video coach who recently came to the Lord.