With the ball tampering scandal and all the drama surrounding international cricket, it’s easy to be disillusioned. For one cricketer who is a man of faith who is Marnus Labuschagne who plays for Queensland as well as the Brisbane Heat. On the bottom of his cricket bat he has the verse Isaiah 40:31, which says “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” A great verse for any cricketer. Marnus that playing elite cricket as a christian can be challenging. He says that the environment that you’re surrounded with isn’t really ideal at times. And you tend to be away from home a lot, but God has used him in many ways to shine a light on the cricket field. Including opportunities to pray for the team before they go out on the field. He’s also part of a WhatsApp group called Front Foot Faith which has got about 30 professional cricketers around the world who share the christian faith. He said that it’s important that cricket doesn’t become the centre of your life. That you’re not putting anything ahead of God. And he knows that his talent is a blessing from God and his relationship with God should always come first. With that kind of attitude I think that he’ll go a long way. Lets pray for cricketers like Marnus and other faith based sporting heroes to be an example to the next generation.
Marnus Labuschagne is a South African-born cricketer who made his debut for Queensland during the 2014 Sheffield Shield season. He also plays for the Brisbane Heat. Listen in to hear about his faith & the importance of prayer in his life as an elite sportsman. He also shares how his mother has been particularly helpful, leaving Bible verses around the house and even writing them in his cricket shoes.
Andrew L’Almont was born in Sri Lanka, where his grandparents had been Christian missionaries. At the age of 13, with his mother and sister, he emigrated to Australia in 1969. He spent 2 years living on the streets of St.Kilda, before a sporting scholarship to Melbourne High School gave him an academic education and opened the way for him to play rugby for Victoria and district first level cricket for Prahran. Moving into the finance sector, Andrew worked for the Australian divisions of 3 English banks, before establishing Ray White Financial Services in Australia in 1993 & Harcourts Financial Services in 1998. After relocating to New Zealand, Andrew took a position on the Baptist Savings board and as marketing manager, conducted more than 400 financial wellness seminars, with over 12,000 people attending. Now back in Australia, Andrew shares about his heart to share the gospel & his work in Christian radio.
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