Athlete Testimonies:

Jeff Francoeur

Joshua 1:9 tells us to be strong and courageous, not terrified or discouraged, because the Lord is with us wherever we go. This verse has inspired Jeff Francoeur of the Atlanta Braves, enough so that he put "Joshua 1:9" on his batting gloves. The verse encouraged him at a time in 2004 when Francoeur did not even know if he would play baseball again. Now he shares it as an outreach by throwing his gloves out to kids at games.

Francoeur has more potential than he may even know. According to veteran Braves pitcher John Smoltz, he has the ability to become the next baseball great. Francoeur brings positive energy and his best game each time he plays, winning the praise of manager Bobby Cox and coach Terry Pendleton. He's moved up quickly in his sport, but it's not most important in his life. He learned that sports couldn't fill the void he felt-only a relationship with Jesus Christ could.

Regardless of how much fame Francoeur experiences in this world, he knows it cannot last forever. "[This world] is not our home," he says. "Our home is in heaven, and this is what I want everyone to understand."

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