Saturday, June 24, 2017
Held at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
Sharing the gospel and our lives is not a part-time or once-in-a-while kind of initiative.
Just ask Wayne Simien. When the University of Kansas decided to retire his college basketball jersey, with more than 16,300 Jayhawk fans present, Wayne didn’t shy away from sharing the gospel and his life:
But what I really would hope that my legacy here would be is not just someone who grabbed a bunch of rebounds and scored a bunch of points. I hope I will be remembered as someone whose life was miraculously transformed by Jesus Christ during my time here. As long as my jersey remains up there, may the name of the Lord Jesus Christ be lifted high above it.
And he has spent his life working to that end, retiring from professional basketball and serving as a missionary who responds to the Great Commission every day.
In Cadence communities around the world—in high-profile situations and quiet moments alike—miraculous transformations are also happening. It’s the kind of ministry that can only happen when you’re committed to sharing the gospel and your life.
Growing up near Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Wayne Simien thought he was Army bound. But as he grew in stature and skill on the basketball court, his path took a different turn when he earned a full scholarship to the University of Kansas.
At KU, he was a collegiate All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year, NCAA Student Athlete of the Year, and became one of the all-time leaders in points scored and rebounds claimed. He was a first-round draft pick in 2005 by the Miami Heat and went on to win the NBA World Championship with the team in 2006.
Wayne currently serves as a college campus minister at his alma mater with his wife Katie and their five children. They have a passion to reach, equip, and send out the next generation for Christ.