For many athletes, the offseason is a time to rest and recuperate. It’s a time to enjoy having fewer responsibilities. For Minnesota Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson, this is a time to do more.
“My wife Elizabeth and I always had great ideas about getting involved with missions, community, and serving,” says Kyle. “But there were always just that: ideas.”
While attending a conference for Christ-followers in the MLB community a few years ago, Kyle and Elizabeth felt prompted to act.
“During the conference,” Kyle remembers, “there was one day when Elizabeth looked up at me and said, ‘we need to just do stuff.’ We were so inspired by the speakers who were sharing their testimonies of acting out of faith and obedience to God’s call. They were challenging us to ‘step out’.”
And step out they did. Having felt the call of God on their lives, the Gibsons have stepped out into many arenas to share the love of God with others, partnering with multiple Christian organizations, both locally and globally. Within their Minnesota community, they serve at a food pantry and soup kitchen, dishing up meals to the homeless. They are also highly involved in their local FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) chapter where Kyle speaks to young athletes about the love of Jesus and occasionally shares game tickets.
“It’s not just about us doing more,” Kyle says, “it’s about why we are doing more. We’ve been so blessed and now have a responsibility to bless and serve others. That’s what Jesus did and that’s what He calls us to do.”
One way they share their blessings with others is through the ministry of One Child Matters. In addition to caring for their 1-year-old daughter, Hayden, the Gibsons travel annually to the Dominican Republic to visit Abigail Diaz, a young girl whom they have sponsored for the last five years.
“Elizabeth and I are big believers that everything happens for a reason,” Kyle admits. “We have been given a platform to show Christ’s love and I want to do just that.”
With a busy schedule year-round, Kyle finds support and encouragement through the community of Christians around him.
“God is doing amazing work, “Kyle says with excitement. “None of this could happen without the players around me. It’s scary to step out in faith. I can’t do it on my own.”
Being a part of Bible studies within their church as well as with other players and their wives on the Twins, the Gibsons have experienced the importance of surrounding themselves with others who will spur them on in their faith and ministry.
“I don’t want to lean on the blessings that God’s given me, which will not last,” says Kyle, “I want to lean on God Himself. The Bible says in Luke 12:48, ‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.’ I know that I’ve been given a lot, and with that, I have a big responsibility toward God’s Kingdom. As I seek Him and trust in Him, He gives me the faith and strength to obey that calling.”
Kyle is eager to share his purpose in Christ and his faith in the Gospel with all of his friends, family, and fans. Each time he signs an autograph, he includes a reference to Ephesians 2:8-10 which says:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
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