Recommitted Life Leads to New Ministry

Student launches Athletes in Action at Ferris State University

  • by Bill Hunt

Sarah Boruta loves basketball. It led her to become the student manager of the women's basketball program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich. But she never dreamed her love for hoops would lead to a radical life change.

One Sunday during her sophomore year, Sarah attended church because "it was the right thing to do." There, she heard women touring with Athletes in Action, Cru's sports ministry, talk about God's work in their lives. That afternoon, when AIA played her Lady Bulldogs, Sarah witnessed something new on the hardwood.

"I saw their love for God shine on the court," Sarah says. "You could actually see that they were playing for Him. It made me realize that I wanted that same thing for my life."

A few months later, Sarah recommitted her life to Christ, and before the school year ended, she recruited golfer Raquel Hansen to help her launch AIA at FSU.

Now about 15 students, including three women from the basketball team, attend weekly meetings to study the Bible, and a monthly event draws around 50 students. "AIA helped me to compete for God, not for self or my score or the coach," says Raquel. "It doesn't matter what I shoot when I have that foundation in Christ."