In a tragic accident last Friday, De’Antre Turman, a junior at Creekside High School in the Atlanta area, was playing in a scrimmage game against Banneker High School when he broke his neck during a routine tackle. De’Antre later died in the hospital from his injuries. His close friend, Jamari Benning, was quoted by the Atlanta Constitution-Journal, “That’s all Tre Tre was thinking about. He always had a goal to always be great. He was never stingy, selfish; he was just a good person and a role model. He never had any doubt in God. He always kept his faith.”
The Christian Post has reported that two days after De’Antre’s passing, Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, announced that the members of an entire high school football team made decisions to receive the Lord Jesus Christ during an altar call. On its Facebook page this past Monday, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church shared, “The greatest miracle of all is salvation. Do you believe God can save a football team? Welcome to the Kingdom Towers High School Titans!” The members of the Towers High School football team, almost all wearing their jerseys, lined up at the altar before moving to the stage during the worship service on August 18, 2013. A video clip of the morning service shared by the megachurch had the caption: “Standing as one, the Towers high school football team comes forth and receives salvation.” In the video, members of the congregation are seen celebrating and worshipping as the young men file one by one up to the stage of the church, along with several others who apparently made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. You can watch the three-minute video clip here. May God bless these young men and their families as they begin their first steps in a new direction. I am reminded of the teachings of the Lord Jesus in Luke 15: 7, where He proclaimed, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” This wonderful news is such a happy contrast to the terrible events in Duncan, Oklahoma, in recent days. And may God give peace to the memory of De’Antre Turman, and great comfort to his family during these difficult days.