Encouraging Testimonies

A Very Special Life

In a supermarket, Kurtis, the stock boy, was busily working when a new voice came over the intercom asking for a carry out at check register 4.  Kurtis was almost finished, and wanted to get some fresh air, and decided to answer the call.

As he approached the check-out stand, a smile caught his eye. The new check out girl was beautiful. She was an older woman (maybe 26, and he was only 22) and he fell in love.

Later that day, after his shift was over, he waited by the punch clock to find out her name. She came into the break room, smile softly at him and took her card and punched out, then left. He looked at her card, BRENDA. He walked out only to see her start walking up the road.

Next day, he waited outside as she left the supermarket, and offered her a ride home. He looked harmless enough, and she accepted. When he dropped her off, he asked if maybe he could see her again, outside of work.

She simply said it wasn't possible. He pressed and she explained she had two children and she couldn't afford a baby-sitter. He offered to pay for the baby-sitter and she reluctantly accepted his offer for a date for the following Saturday.

That Saturday night he arrived at her door only to have her tell him that she was unable to go with him. The baby-sitter had called and canceled. Kurtis simply said, "Well, lets take the kids with us."

She tried to explain that taking the children was not an option, but again not taking no for an answer, he pressed.

Finally Brenda, brought him inside to meet her children. She had an older daughter who was just as cute as a bug, Kurtis thought, then Brenda brought out her son, in a wheelchair, he was born a paraplegic with Down's Syndrome. Kurtis asked Brenda, "I still don't understand why the kids can't come with us?" Brenda was amazed. Most men would run away from a woman with two kids, especially if one had disabilities. Just like her first husband and father of her children.

That evening Kurtis and Brenda loaded up the kids, went to dinner and the movies. When her son needed anything Kurtis would take care of him. When he needed to use the rest room, he picked him up out of his chair, took him and brought him back. The kids loved Kurtis. At the end of the evening, Brenda knew this was the man she was going to marry and spend the rest of her life with.

A year later, they were married and Kurtis adopted both of her children and since, they have added two more kids.

So what happened to the stock boy and check out girl?

Well, Mr.& Mrs. Kurt Warner now live in St. Louis, where he is employed by the St. Louis Rams and plays quarterback next week in the Super Bowl.

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Through Jesus Christ, Kurtis has continued to demonstrate the love and wisdom of God among his teammates and before a watching world. A recent article in The New York Times (1/30/02) titled, "Warner Keeps Faith from Dividing Rams," shows his faithfulness as a witness of God's love:

Kurt Warner was asked a simple, but potentially touchy, question yesterday. Why does it seem that the subject of religion has left the St. Lois Rams relatively unscathed, even though it has often divided countries families and many an N.F. L. locker room.

Warner, the affable Rams quarterback and born-again Christian, who is at the epicenter of what some on the team call the most spiritual team in football, did not flinch when answering.

"I think because ... players on this team are open about their faith," he said. "It doesn't segregate the team." ...

As the quarterback, and this year's most valuable player in the N.F.L., he commands a natural position of leadership that would be compromised if he were unable to find the right balance between his beliefs and his responsibilities as a player. ...

"Sometimes in a locker room, you see a real religious guy, a guy who preaches, and players run the other way," Herrings said. "That's not the case with Kurt."

Warner is also not a hypocrite, players said. In the N.F.L., there have been any number of instances of players who are, boasting of religious beliefs but hardly abiding by them in their private lives.

"Kurt is the real deal,"  Herring said. "Everyone knows that."

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