JINOTEGA, Nicaragua (BP) -- Barrett Jones, a 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound football player for the University of Alabama would stand out anywhere.
But his love for God and his commitment to sharing the Gospel also make him stand out from most of his peers.
"I don't want to be known as a football player who happens to be a Christian, I want to be known as a Christian who happens to play football," said Jones, an All-American for the 2011 national champion Crimson Tide.
A longtime member of Bellevue Baptist Church of Cordova, Tenn., near Memphis, Jones organized and led a team of 31 of his friends and family members on a mission trip to Jinotega, Nicaragua, during his spring break, March 11-16.
The team participated in several nightly revival services at Shalom Baptist Church in Jinotega and visited three public schools and an orphanage. At each location, they gave their personal testimonies, presented the Gospel story and interacted with the children by playing sports and games and simply reflecting God's love.
The 21-year-old Jones made his priorities in his testimony at the revival service at Shalom Baptist on March 13.
"Tonight, I want to talk to you a little bit about what I'm really passionate about," he told the crowd, "and that's not football -- it's Jesus Christ."
This is the third mission trip Jones has organized and led -- the past two spring breaks he has taken mission teams to Haiti where they constructed bathrooms for refugees, painted a school building and built a basketball court. Read More