God is bringing miracles to the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team in Storrs, Connecticut.
In June 2016 Azurá Stevens decided to transfer from Duke University to the University of Connecticut after her sophomore year to further her collegiate basketball career and to renew her relationship with God. She became a disciple of Jesus in high school and was a faithful member of the Triangle Church of Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina for years. However, at the time Azurá was struggling in her righteousness and needed to relocate. At Duke she was an All-ACC First Team NCAA basketball player.
Last Year on Easter Sunday, one of her teammates named Gabby Williams attended the Greater Hartford Church with her for the first time. God had been working in Gabby’s heart (Gabby is a First Team All-American, Defensive Player of the Year, two-time National Champion and currently the captain of the UConn women’s basketball team). Shortly after this, Azurá shared her repentance story at church and invited her entire team to attend the service. Over half of the team was in attendance and seeds were planted in their hearts. God used Azurá’s past sin, repentance and vulnerability to move people’s hearts and inspire them.
During the summer (offseason for a basketball player) Gabby, as well as a few other girls on the team, began coming to church regularly and studying the Bible with Azurá and a few other members of the church. During this time Gabby grew in her faith, deepened her relationship with God and started to connect with Azurá on a spiritual level. By the time the fall semester started Gabby repented of her sin, made Jesus the Lord of her life and was baptized into Christ on September 1, 2017.
Through Azurá and Gabby, the church has been able to influence many of the people involved in the athletic program at UConn. Even though our church that meets on the campus is relatively small (43 members), it’s having a big impact. God has opened many doors and continues to build our faith. We give him all the glory.
Gabby is a senior and plans to play professional basketball after this season. Wherever she goes she intends on being a light to her teammates and looks forward to being part of the church and advancing the Kingdom. In an ideal world she would play professional basketball with Azurá when she finishes her career at UConn. She’s a talented athlete but more importantly an incredible person, woman of faith and sister in Christ!
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Reported by: Disciples Today