WOODWORTH – Holding a $20 bill, Warren Morris reminded approximately 600 first through sixth grade boys and their adult leaders that each person is significant to God.
By Brian Blackwell
WOODWORTH – Holding a $20 bill, Warren Morris
reminded approximately 600 first through sixth grade boys and their
adult leaders that each person is significant to God.
“We all mess up,” the former Louisiana State
University baseball star told participants attending the late March
Royal Ambassador Congress at Tall Timbers Conference Center in
Woodworth. “Because of that, we think we’re worthless. But God looks at
us with value no matter what we do.”
Morris was the featured speaker at the recent RA
Congress, a weekend that featured camping, car races and missions
In his message, Morris reflected on his days as an RA at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria.
After high school graduation, Morris attended LSU and eventually landed a starting role on the baseball team.
His faith helped Morris persevere through a hand injury in 1996 – the
same year he hit a game-winning homerun in the College World Series
“I got to the point where I wondered if I’d play
baseball again,” Morris said. “One night I got all alone on my hands
and knees and prayed to God ‘Whatever you want me to do, I’ll give you
“The whole reason I was able to stay who I was
through the good and the bad is because my value isn’t who I am or what
I’ve done but whose I am.”
In addition to Morris, the RAs participated in
bonfire devotions, breakout sessions with missionaries and numerous
During the campcraft competition, RAs tested their skills in such
events as knot tying and wood cutting. Participants also had a chance
to showcase their abilities in RA Olympic events such as BB gun and bow
and arrow shooting.
Throughout the weekend, participants attended
breakout sessions featuring missionaries from Louisiana and beyond.
The lineup included Joe McKeever, director of missions at Baptist
Association of Greater New Orleans, and David Abernathy, director of
Rolling Hills Resort Ministry in Ruston.
RA Congress ended with derby car races, the
highlight of the weekend. Participants competed in a series of heats
with a goal of placing first in their respective grade level.
The champion from each grade then advanced to the
overall finals to determine the top three overall winners. They were
Haylan Ostrander from Kingsville Baptist Church in Pineville, first
place; Christian Boudreaux from Kingsville Baptist Church in Pineville,
second place; and Harrison Nugent from Calvary Baptist Church in
Alexandria, third place.