Members of the Orangeburg Prep football team spent some of their morning practice time this past Saturday unloading trailers full of blankets bound for humanitarian relief efforts in war-torn areas of Africa and the Middle East.
“It would have taken eight man hours to accomplish what these 45 guys were able to do in 20 minutes,” said OPS assistant coach Dr. Sam Lambrecht.
The boxes of emergency blankets were stacked onto pallets and will be shipped overseas through Global Aid Network (GAIN), the humanitarian arm of Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ.
The local charitable effort was coordinated by Marvin Bozard, field strategist for GAIN, and Randy Boland of Bowman, who regularly spends hours volunteering for the ministry.
“Sometimes you just have to chuckle at the way God answers prayers,” Bozard said. “When I called Sam Lambrecht presenting the fact that we had a semi and another large trailer loaded with boxes and I needed help, I was thinking he would connect with some Orangeburg church partners we had worked with in the past, hoping to get eight to ten people to show up.
"Having the entire football team made light work out of a potentially hot, laborious job. Teamwork makes a difference on the football field as well as on the mission field.”
For more information about the GAIN ministry, go to gainusa.org, and for more information about Orangeburg Preparatory Schools, go to orangeburgprep.com.