One Year Ago Today…

Its hard to believe that so much time has flown by since June 10th, 2008. That day I stepped aboard a plane bound to the Laguardia airport. Little did I know what was about to happen.

I had 3 new friends with me. I had just recently met them at a short briefing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

We got on board the Delta flight to LGA from Raleigh Durham. Little did we know what significance that flight would mean.

On board the plane there were two ladies sitting in the row behind us. They were very nicely dressed in outfits with plenty of pink touches to their wardrobe. I noticed one of the women had shorter hair. My mom is a breast cancer survivor, so I take notice anytime somebody is wearing pink attire or ribbons.

We were so focused on the adventure ahead of us we quickly began settling in. My main focus was capturing the moments before my new friend Sarah Sugg’s very first flight. I was thoroughly documenting the exciting occasion. I had just recently discovered the amazing world of twitter and wanted to have video blogs of the experience to keep my supporters updated at home.

During the flight the ladies struck up conversation with two of my friends Sarah and Katie. They were having polite conversation about the girls shoes… One of the ladies particularly liked the girl’s Chacos. (I have no clue about girls shoes… Chacos, Chicos, Amigos?)

During this conversation the four of us began to realize who the pair was…

It turned out that pair was no other then Kay Yow and her assistant on their way to New York City for media work with Comcast sports!

It was pretty exciting at the time. After we got off the plane Sarah (an attendee of NC States Campus Crusade for Christ) quickly got on the phone to tell her friends that she and the coach had been on the same flight to NYC!

But then the real adventure began…

I can simply not sum up in this blog post everything that encompasses living in New York City to work as laborers for Christ.

However in January of this year the experience on the plane quickly rushed back into my memory.

When Kay Yow passed away earlier the year my mind was really opened to the character of this fine lady. I knew she was a great person. Everybody on ESPN and every single network acknowledged her greatness.
However – Little did I know until I started watching You Tube videos and reading about her what a woman of God she was.

What is so amazing about her is how she recognized open door opportunities to share her faith. She never screamed her faith at people… she didn’t bang people over the heads with a bible… she didn’t abuse her place as a great leader that people would listen to… she just watched for open door opportunities to share her faith.

From her ESPY speech when she accepted the award “most of all to the glory of God, her Lord and savior” to the 25 minute video that was played at her funeral when she explained that “it’s been a wonderful journey, especially since the time I accepted Jesus as my lord and savior”

How appropriate… At the time that I boarded that plane for NYC I never would have guessed that God would have appropriately placed us on the plane with one of his faithful servants who also in her own special way shared Christ to people in places that the majority of people in the bible belt never would venture.

Yesterday several of my friends from ECU embarked on the same adventure that my crew did last year. Keep them in your prayers as they get out of their comfort zones and share Christ with one amazing city.

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2 comments

  1. Dorothy Gale · June 11, 2009

    So, super cool that you were on the plane with Kay Yow. Wanna know something weird? She was my sorority sister. Well, obviously not at the same time, nor did we ever meet, but once upon a time, Dorothy was a Delta Zeta at Ohio State…and I read the newsletter recently and found out that so was Coach Yow! Anyway, when are you going to be in the city? I'm planning a trip next week…would be cool if you were there too.

  2. Kim · June 12, 2009

    Brad–that is one of the coolest stories. Thanks for sharing and thanks for all that you do!!

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