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When a Detour is Your Destiny

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He was Bound for the NFL When a Detour Changed His Life

Darryl Eubanks was on a hard-fought path to the National Football League, and was not looking for a detour. He had a successful college career playing for Carson Newman College, where he was honored for athletics, academics and leadership, despite a few injuries. 

He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, where college football players perform in front of the league’s coaches, general managers, and scouts.  If selected to play, Darryl planned to use the stature of the NFL as a way to do God’s work. So, what could go wrong with a plan like that?

Taking a Knee

Right before the Combine, Darryl tore his meniscus and could not play. For the first time in his life, he had no set plan for life. He had job offers, but nothing that felt right. Then, a friend recommended him for a job at Bethel Bible Village.

“Bethel found me,” Darryl says humbly. “And this felt like God’s calling.”  For the past 16 months Darryl has been inspiring teen boys as a House Parent in Bethel’s Stanley Cottage, using God’s word, football and music to make an impact.

Facing a detour in your own life?

Darryl’s video blog is a great testimony to how God can work anything – even a career-ending injury – for good.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28 (NIV)

We are  thankful that God led Darryl to Bethel. He is truly making a difference.

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