He ain't heavy ... he's my brother
What lengths would you go to, to make sure somebody else knows God? Would you - literally - carry them to Christ?
Community Prayer Breakfast day three speaker Adrian Despres said Wednesday sometimes, that's what it takes. The chaplain for the University of South Carolina football program, Despres tried out his theory, for demonstration purposes, on Clinton High student-athlete Tristan Smaltz, during the prayer service in the Red Devil gym.
Taking Smaltz in a shoulder-carry to midcourt, Despres said other times, it's not enough to carry - you have to jump up and down and shake the Christ into some people.
"The worst thing is some sissy Christian," Despres said, at the event sponsored by the Clinton Family YMCA and the Clinton High/Clinton Middle Schools Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapters. "Stand up, if you want to believe, it's like a jump (spiritually speaking, into faith). Those of you who are Christians, but you haven't been leading people to Christ like you should, stand up.
"It's time for Clinton High School to punch Satan right in the mouth. The enemy hates you, it does not want you to give your life to Christ."
In his closing prayer, Despres asked the Lord, on behalf of CHS, to "bless our socks off."
He has served as chaplain for the Gamecock football team since 2000, and has speaking engagements around the world. Despres followed day one speaker and youth minister Jason McLeod of Laurens, and day two speaker DeCole Shoemate Robertson of Greenwood, assistant women's basketball coach at Lander University.
Day four speaker will be James 'Mitch' Mitchell, director of football development for Duke University. Day five speaker will be Chris 'Shep' Shepherd, founder and CEO of Keep the Change Inc. Breakfast is served at 7:15 am in the CHS cafeteria, and high school and middle school students and teachers who chose to attend the program, along with community resident attending the event, take a short walk to the Red Devil gym for the 8 am prayer and inspirational gathering. The prayer breakfast is being staged this week during Clinton High's FLEX Time, a built-into-the-school-day time for clubs and organizations to meet and conduct activities.
This is the 38th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast.