Last Saturday, John became the new chaplain of the Texas Ranger's baseball team. Actually, he doesn't officially start until next spring, but he has already accompanied the current chaplain to services (four of them) last Sunday. He will get to go to spring training in Arizona with the Rangers, go on one road trip with the Rangers a year, visit three of their farm teams, and conduct chapel services for the Rangers, visiting team, umpires, and security personnel for all of the Rangers' Sunday home games.
John's new position also means a new job for me: leading the players' wives Bible studies. Yikes! It's been a while since I've led a Bible study, but I'm excited about the possibilities.
Yes, Luke (he of the plastered on Rangers' hat) is thrilled! I think that will earn him a few extra cool points during next year's baseball season, don't you?
For anyone who thinks this is some glamour posting, however, think again. After last Sunday, John saw very clearly what a tough job it will be. The chaplains have to follow lots of rules as they deal with MLB players who are used to having everyone wanting something from them.
Public praise for our dear friend Nigel who told Baseball Chapel about John. We are excited, yet humbled, about this new area of ministry for our family!
Oh, and we don't get any free baseball tickets or autographs! :-D Truly, we are to go into this with a servant's heart so that we are not yet another person who wants something from them, but are rather someone with something wonderful to offer.
Do you like John's field ID picture?