One Man’s Decision

Chance SangsterThomas County Central High School (GA) senior Chance Sangster would normally be gearing up for his last year of high school football and trying to figure out his future plans, but since going on a missions trip to Las Vegas, Nev., this summer in which he and a team of 30 ministered to the deaf, things have changed.

“It was a truly amazing trip,” explained Sangster. “I learned so much and it really made me think about what career I want to pursue. It really struck a chord with me when we were leading people to Christ.”

A few weeks after the trip, Sangster was contacted by the international director of missions for Silent Word Ministries, Mr. David Bennett, and presented with the opportunity to go on a month-long mission trip to Bulgaria. Mr. Bennett had helped lead Sangster’s group in Las Vegas and had noticed Sangster’s heart for missions work.

“Mr. Bennett asked me to travel to Bulgaria with him this September so he can disciple and prepare me for the actual mission trip that will take place next July,” Sangster said. “I am so excited about this opportunity since this is what I want to pursue in the future and I think that Mr. Bennett will be an outstanding mentor since he has ample experience with international missionary trips.”

After considering the trip, Sangster soon realized that trying to continue his high school football career and prepare and raise funds for the trip was too much. “At first I tried to stick with both football and my decision to go on the trip but after a few weeks of being so busy I realized that this schedule wasn’t maximizing my efforts on the field or in preparation for the trip. I felt God had a different plan for me so I really started to think and pray about what I felt God wanted me to do.”

Sangster felt God leading him toward the missionary trip with Mr. Bennett, which meant he would have to give up his senior year of football.

“When Chance came to me with the news about the trip to Bulgaria I knew God was working,” explained TCCHS head football coach Bill Wilhelm. “I knew that he would have to eventually give up football if he wanted to pursue this mission trip. Although it was sad to think that he wouldn’t be playing for us anymore, I was extremely happy to see Chance growing as a man and choosing to be obedient and follow where God was leading him.”

Sangster football career, which began in middle school, will come to an end as he pursues a different dream – the international missions field and impacting the world for Christ.


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4 Responses to “One Man’s Decision”

  1. doug Scott on

    Chance I’M proud of you. I always Knew you were a special guy and I know God is going to use you to reach many for Jesus Your teammant in Christ, Doug Scott

  2. David Bennett on

    Chance is with me in Bulgaria. We have been here five days now. (Sept 8) It is a real joy to have Chance with me, learning and asking questions. His perspective on this foreign country is refreshing since he sees it from inexperienced eyes. Everything is fun, interesting, and “Amazing, Mr. Bennett!” I thank God for allowing Chance to be here with me. He already has many photos and stories to tell, and we have only just begun. I want to thank the newspaper for writing, posting, and printing this story. Great job, guys. God bless you all.

  3. Candy Sheridan on

    I met Chance a few years ago when he was in middle school and my best friend is in his family. I love their whole family; they are all some of the nicest people you could ever meet and he wasn’t shy or anything like alot of teenagers. When I saw the way he was signing, I was so amazed that a young person could learn it so well. I am 100% deaf in one ear and now 20% deaf in another ear. I was told by an ear doctor to maybe join the Big Bend Deaf Association one day. If I lose the rest of my hearing, I sure hope Chance is someone on the map I can find him to help me! My son also decided to not play football this senior year because he also feels God is calling him to do something else! It was a let down for the team, but he has to figure out his career just like Chance! I know his family is proud as well!

  4. Kathy Benton on

    It has been an awesome experience watching Chance turn into the young man he has become. I have watched Chance from the time he was born. He has come from an amazing family and I am honored to call his whole family my friends. We are all members of the same church and it has truly amazed me to watch Chance as he delivers the message to the deaf that our preacher preaches every time. Chance pours his whole heart into his ministry and I am sure he will do the same on the mission field. Good luck and may God bless you Chance on your future. We love you.


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