Lady Raiders Speak the Power of Prayer to Levelland Youth - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/4/03

Lady Raiders Speak the Power of Prayer to Levelland Youth

In downtown Levelland, there's a special ministry called Oneighty. It's a place where teenagers come together each Wednesday night to make a 180 degree turn towards their relationship with God.

In Levelland, a couple of special Lady Raiders shared their testimony and how their lives are impacted each day by the Power of Prayer. Lady Raiders Natalie Richie and Cayla Petree are taking time off the court to minister to young people about their most important coach of all, Jesus Christ.

"We're in a neat position, being Lady Raiders, and being involved in the spotlight. We're in a position where we have an influence on a lot of kids, and I wanted them to know my story and my walk with God," says Lady Raider Natalie Ritchie.

"God's like our coach. He wants us to be successful. He wants us to be blessed, and you're gonna go through some things, and they're gonna be hard for you, but he's gonna help you, and through prayer and faith, you're gonna be blessed, too," says Lady Raider Cayla Petree.

Cayla is all too familiar with the Power of Prayer. She suffered a serious knee injury before coming to Texas Tech, and she feared that her future in basketball was over. Until, that disapointment gave way to divine intervention.

"I was supposed to go to Stephen F. Austin, and then that scholarship got taken away, and I got hurt and I had to take a different route -- but I ended up in a better place to present God to other people," says Cayla.

Both Cayla and Natalie share their personal testimonies, inspiration for these young adults, and knowledge that prayer can make a difference.

"In any situation, before a game, you just ask God to give you wisdom in different situations and thank him for all the blessings that he has. For any kid out there wanting to know about God or trying to pursue him, just go boldly in your faith and he'll bless you," says Natalie.

"I could be driving down the street and see an ambulance and I feel like I have to pray for those people, and I try not to pray for myself all the time, I try to pray for other people," says Cayla.

"I think it's real important for kids to know that it's great to pray to God and just have that one on one relationship with him," says Natalie.

"I just wanted to tell them that God is good, and if you keep him first in your life, he's gonna bless you, and you're life's gonna be so much easier with him," says Cayla.

"Oneighty" ministry is part of the South Plains Church of Levelland. The youth group meets every Wednesday night at 6:00.

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As for Natalie and Cayla, you can see them on the court this fall playing basketball as seniors for the Lady Raiders.

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