Chandler Dean, a senior at the Westfield School, has a testimony that will make you cry.
Chandler was 12 years old when his family’s house burned to the ground. In the years since, his father was diagnosed with liver cancer and had to go on the transplant list, his grandfather was diagnosed with bone cancer and died Christmas Eve, and Chandler was involved in a car accident that severely damaged his hand in November.
The way the truck flipped, police marveled that Chandler lived through the wreck. Doctors weren’t concerned about him continuing to wrestle for Westfield. They were concerned that he would lose his hand.
Through it all, Chandler says that God has prevailed in his life.
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“It is God,” Chandler said. “God is the reason I am still here. God put the transplant on time with my Dad.”
Chandler says that no matter what happens in life, staying true to God’s will is the key.
“You have to believe that God has a plan for your life and that he will be there through it. Through the tough times, God will help you,” Chandler said.
Chandler, a state championship winning wrestler who has also won region three times, is the first wrestler in Westfield school history to commit to wrestling on the college level. He is active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and will be speaking at this year’s Fields of Faith.
Chandler first shared his testimony with his youth group at Southside Baptist, then at a school assembly a few weeks ago.
Fields of Faith is an annual event that will be held Oct. 26 at Herb St. John Field at Perry High School. The community is welcome to attend. Live music and food starts at 6:15 p.m.; the program starts at 7 p.m.
Along with guest speaker Brent Taylor, local FCA members like Chandler will be speaking to the crowd. Coaches from area high schools also will be speaking.
Daryl McElwain, director of the Flint River FCA said that student speakers are chosen by their coaches.
“We don’t tell them what to say. We do encourage them to talk about their life before Christ, how they met Christ and their life since they met Christ,” McElwain said.
Bronson Sanders from Bleckley County High School will be another one of the students speaking at Fields of Faith. Bronson, a three-sport athlete who participates in cross country, track and tennis at Bleckley County is a senior.
“I have plenty of problems like everyone else does,” Bronson said. “But being a Christian you instead look to the brighter side. It is about God handling things for you, how you can’t get through it alone, but as a Christian you have God to turn to always.
Alline Kent can be contacted at 396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org