One of the great joys of working with college students is their mindset coupled with the stage of life they are in. For the most part they are full of life and energy, and ready to go out and take on the world. In this process it is a great joy to watch they use the gifts God gave them, and to glorify God in different avenues of this world. One such college student is Patrick Ianni, who played soccer at UCLA, and left this last week, during his junior year to play pro soccer with Houston.

Pat is a gifted soccer player, winning the co-player of the year award in the Pac-10 last year.

Pat is not only a gifted soccer player, but is a wonderful Christian man who lives his life for Christ both on and off the field. About a year and half ago I received a call from the Daily Bruin to comment on Pat and his Christianity. They thought it was quite unusual, or different, that an athlete would put in his player bio that he wanted to one day become a pastor.

Check out this article if you want to get a sense of what kind of guy Pat is.

Pat, we were, and are, really blessed to have you as a part of our ministry. We are sad that you are no longer with us each week, but we are excited for Houston, and we will be praying for you.