Adam Soldati

Adam SoldatiOlympic Diving Coach Adam Soldati      

My name is Adam Soldati, and I am the Head Diving Coach at Purdue University. 

In the athletic world, often Christians think that glorifying God happens when we accomplish something spectacular or earn a high achievement from the podium, if we point to the sky or kneel and pray and give God the glory.   Now there is nothing wrong with this.  We have seen this made famous by guys like Tim Tebow. I have come to believe that the most powerful, awe-inspiring, exhilarating event that makes God and His grace shine the brightest is not the winning of an Olympic gold medal.  I don’t believe that God’s glory and greatness is most visible in beating the Chinese on the biggest stage in the world.  God’s magnitude and strength and supreme power is most visible in a changed life.

Upon reflection of all that has happened in the past four years at the Olympic Games, it leads me to a whirlwind of thoughts, memories, and emotions regarding the Gospel and God’s grace in changing lives—including mine.

About three years ago, my wife and I were approached to serve in the college ministry.  It was a natural fit for Kimiko and me because of my job as the Purdue diving coach.  What I didn’t expect was how much joy and growth I would experience in investing in the lives of others.

For me, my full time job is a diving coach, but my calling is to live out the Gospel and invest in others.  Therefore, I am not a diving coach who happens to be a Christian, but rather I am a Christian who happens to be a diving coach.

In a society that idolizes athletes, the sporting world can be very evil. Student athletes who are living for the wrong things often despair and engage in destructive lifestyles.

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As I served in the college ministry, I began to realize how much I didn’t know about helping students.  So I took counseling training as well as sitting under Pastor Aucoin’s teaching and discipleship. Kimiko and I begin to pour our lives and the Gospel into the many students God brought our way.  One of the first to respond to the Gospel was David Boudia. When one looks at David and sees all that this young man has accomplished, I believe that God is most glorified in how He has taken a life of total despair and darkness and turned it into a life of growth, love, and joy. This is amazing about this story and how God’s glory is most visible to a world and people that are desperate for a Savior.

We have seen many come to know Jesus and start growing in the Gospel. We have found a new love for housing students and sharing not only the Gospel but our own lives with them. This is why we are so thankful for the church’s plans for Faith West and the opportunity to minister to young people like David.  We know now that God may choose to give one of these students an international platform, like David, for Gospel ministry.

I want to encourage and challenge you to never underestimate the power of the Gospel to radically change a life.   The articulated Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). We must believe what Jesus has promised, and that He is also able to perform so we can be bold in our faith and trust. Our God is a saving God through faith and trust in Jesus. Our lives can and will be changed, and to Him be the glory.

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