Wyoming’s Jennifer Nichols Takes Bible Verses To The Olympics
In a story that is close to home for me, Jennifer Nichols, a resident of Cheyenne Wyoming will be taking a tiny book of Bible verses with her in her quiver of arrows as she goes to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London. This is the third time that Jennifer has been an Olympic Archer representing the United States and the state of Wyoming. Here are some excerpts from the story I found in USA Today.
With a tiny book of Bible verses in her quiver and an Olympic caliber bow drawn between her hands, American archer Jennifer Nichols, 28, recites some inspiring words quietly to herself. ”Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.”
Instead of war, Nichols, a devout Christian, is training for Olympic gold, which eluded the Texas A&M student at the 2008 Beijing Games, where she placed 24th. Nichols, who will compete in her third Games, qualified for the Olympic women’s team event with Khatuna Lorig and Miranda Leek in June. The Americans had to win three consecutive matches at the final Olympic qualifier to claim a spot in London.
I take comfort in knowing that I’m a here because the Lord brought me here and having a purpose in what purpose he has for me, not necessarily knowing where he’s going to take me, but the excitement of knowing that there is a plan. I’m excited to be able to offer whatever I can to be able to glorify the Lord in what I do.
I memorize a lot of scripture to recite while I’m shooting. I carry a little book in my quiver that has Bible verses that I memorize as I’m walking back and forth to the target. And sometimes I’ll recite them while I’m on the line shooting. It plays a large part.
I met my fiancé while attending Texas A&M. We were both going to the same political science class. One day I saw him sitting outside the library and I was carrying a box of doughnuts, and I thought, ‘This is my perfect opportunity to actually meet him,’ so I offered him a doughnut, and we just went from there.”
Nichols of Cheyenne, Wyo., will marry her fiancé on Sept. 1.
Let’s all remember to pray and support Jennifer as she represents Wyoming and our God in the Olympics
Let’s hear a cheer for Jennifer and home grown Wyoming. Okay, I know I am being a little home town here, but honestly, how often do we get to cheer about anything coming from Wyoming? We are the smallest state in the U.S. and we do not have 1 professional sports team of our own, so please indulge me a little bit. However I would like to encourage all of you that are believers to pray for Jennifer as she goes to the Olympics and represents Christ. Spread the news about her and let others know of her faith and dedication to Jesus and how she recites these Bible verses.