Texas State University Basketball

by MIKE YATES, Campus Ministry Intern — We’ve seen some extraordinary things happen with the Texas State University (TSU) basketball team. It seems even more remarkable that the Holy Spirit used me. I’m an Every Nation Campus Ministry intern, which means I’ve just started life in ministry. Nevertheless, it all just sort of fell into my lap.

On July 30, 2012, I went over to the TSU recreation center to meet with some guys, intending to go through the God Test with a friend I had known for years. As a joke, he motioned to a guy on the basketball court and yelled, “Come on over; this brother’s gonna preach to you.” That seemingly random event got everything going. I began praying for the guy who was invited over, Wesley Davis, the starting point guard on the TSU basketball team. Less than three months later, Wesley gave his life to Jesus and joined my Monday night Bible study.

Mike Yates — Every Nation Campus Ministry Intern

Joel Wright’s baptism

The New Testament reveals many instances in which a whole group of people came to Christ through the first person who responded. For us, Wesley was the key that unlocked the TSU basketball team.

One day, Wesley told me that his roommate and fellow basketball teammate, Joel Wright, sent him a text message about getting right with God. Wesley prayed that night with Joel to receive Christ as his Savior. After that, Joel’s first thought was reaching out to his teammates, so he proposed a basketball Bible study on Sunday afternoons and prayer before each game. Our first Sunday basketball Bible study ended with everyone going out to the San Marcos River for Joel’s baptism — all of his teammates watching.

Over the last few month, four other TSU basketball players have come to Christ through the Monday night Bible study — Deonté Jones, Phil Hawkins, Dorsey, and Reid Koenen.


Mike Yates is an Every Nation Campus Ministry Intern at Texas State University.

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