Katie Lamb, Riverdale High School Softball FCA Character Coach, recently was overjoyed when she and Coach Bingham witnessed the baptism of best friends Brooklynn Ott and Sydney Williams.The athletes have been best friends for the past nine years.
Katie says her favorite part of serving as a Character Coach is seeing the "Ah Ha" looks on the girls' faces when they understand what Jesus has done for them. She has served as their FCA Character Coach for the past two years and enjoys sharing her testimony with them.
"Living my life for God is the best way to live," she says. "Nothing can replace the love, peace, comfort, joy, and community that comes from living my life for God."
Eric Ott, Brooklynn's dad, played a big part in the girls' transformation as well, says FCA area representative Chad Degnan, who also serves as their youth pastor at the church where they attend and were baptized.
"Eric is their travel softball coach and three years ago they thought he had cancer," says Chad. "He walked up in front of the church and said, 'I need to teach my children about Jesus and literally transformed his life for his children. They often miss church on Sunday because of travel ball. On those missed Sundays, the kids do a 30-minute devotional in the hotel as they travel."
The day of the baptism, Sydney's mom shared in Eric's excitement that their daughters had decided to follow Christ.
"There's no way to describe how special this day has been and how proud I am of my Sydney Grace," she posted. "She gave her life to Christ and was baptized this morning. The day was made more special because she shared it with her best friend of nine years, Brooklyn, who was baptized as well."
Brooklyn and Sydney are both juniors at Riverdale and have been starters on the varsity softball team since they were freshmen, says Katie. They both have been awarded post season awards and they both stay busy with travel softball as well.
Character coaches like Katie Lamb play quite a role in helping busy athletes like Brooklyn and Sydney take the time to learn about Jesus and the saving grace he offers to all if they'll only ask. Katie says her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11-13 which states,
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
After sharing Biblical promises like these with the athletes and teaching them about Jesus' saving grace, Katie says her favorite moments are "seeing the 'ah ha' looks on the girls' faces when they understand what Jesus has done for them."
Katie has been married to Shane Lamb for 11 years when not at Riverdale sharing Christ with the team, Katie can be found being a stay-at-home mom to Nate,10, Rebecca, 8, and Britta, 6. She played volleyball in high school and MTSU and her favorites include:
Candy: Dark Chocolate
Movie: Love Actually
Thing to do: Shopping
We appreciate all of our Character Coaches like Katie and the special bonds that they make with these student athletes to help them understand more about God and His love for them.