Former NBA player Wayne Simien speaks at chapel

By JASE BRANDT, reporter
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Wayne Simien, formerly of the Miami Heat basketball team, spoke at the Wednesday morning chapel.

“In Ephesians 2:10, it says that God has good works prepared in advance for us to do,” Simien said. “So, it’s time for us to wake up, put that bookbag on, to be filled with the Holy Spirit and go and say, ‘Hey, God, who do You have me to talk to today? What do you want me to say today.’ It’s an adventure for sure.”

Continuing with Sterling College’s theme of “Practically Speaking,” Simien’s message was entitled “Saved From, Saved For…,” which focused on the notion that the reason Christians are saved is so that they may further the Kingdom of God.

“When I read the Gospel and Acts, they were goin’ after folks. I got a backpack with a Bible and iPad, and I got a team of people. We go, and I’m on campus every single day doing a variety of things.”

Simien grew up in Leavenworth. He played basketball throughout high school before playing for the University of Kansas, earning multiple awards in both. He came to play in the NBA by way of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, with whom he won a championship the following he. In 2009, Simien decided to retire from basketball and pursue Christian ministry.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story said Simein played for Kansas State University. This was incorrect. He played for the University of Kansas. The story has been corrected. We apologize for the error.

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