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Ty Zimmerman, KSU Football

"I played football at Kansas State and had a short opportunity with the New Orleans Saints in 2014.  I got injured in the pre-season, so my career got cut short.  I had teammates that were really faithful in sharing the Gospel with me. Those Gospel seeds took root around 2016. Anxiety has been my biggest struggle.  I remember sharing with my wife that this has been a struggle for me since high school.  I was in tears.  It was a huge moment for me.  I remember reading 2 Corinthians 12, where Paul talks about this thorn in his flesh.  He pleaded with God to remove it from him.  God's reply to him was, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  And so, Paul's response to that was, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”  I started making sense of this struggle. I viewed it as a disease that I wanted to get rid of. ‘God, take it away!’ He's transformed my mind to understand that my anxiety has allowed me to feel the hand of God in a real way, in a way that I probably couldn't have felt if I wouldn't have gone through this struggle.  I've been in so many opportunities to minister to other people who are going through that currently, especially a lot of high schoolers.   I've been able to connect with them in a way that I wouldn't have been able to if I had never gone through it myself. Trying to explain anxiety to somebody else who has never experienced it is like speaking a foreign language.  God led me into sports ministry. Now I get to work with coaches and athletes and get to share the Gospel with them.  I’ve been full-time with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) for about five years now. One of the most influential, if not the most influential environment in our culture today is sports.  If a coach or an athlete gets ahold of the Gospel, if Jesus gets ahold of them, it's really transformational, not only for their life, but generations to come.  At the end of the day, Jesus alone can save you from your sin.  Jesus alone can truly satisfy your soul.  I've recognized that in a very real way with my own story. And so being able to share that with other people now has been life changing for me.  My name is Ty and I surrender." 

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