Around 3 AM one morning in December 2015, his car met a guard rail in the median on southbound I-95.
Kyle was driving from Lynchburg, Virginia. He was tired. He fell asleep at the wheel. After falling asleep at 75 miles per hour, Kyle’s car came to a jolting and grinding stop. He woke up and walked away without a scratch.
In that moment, Kyle Carr felt the Lord’s protection. And he responded.
Raised in a Christian home, Kyle found himself at church each Sunday only because his parents expected him to be there. He was going through the motions, living a life fixated on worldly pleasures.
He left Eastern Florida State College to attend Liberty University on a soccer scholarship. Liberty is a highly-esteemed Christian University, but Kyle spent his time partying instead of praying. God was an afterthought, at best.
But since that December morning on the highway near the Cocoa city limits, Kyle’s life has taken a radical turn ...
For the Lord
Kyle was offered a contract to play professional soccer in the American Soccer League for the Philadelphia Fury. He even spent some time kicking it with the Tampa Rowdies in the United Soccer League.
But Kyle has moved on. He’s given up soccer to pursue a path that leads to vocational ministry.
“Soccer was supposed to get me to Liberty,” Kyle says. He’s confident God’s plan was to get him there with soccer, and now God’s shaping his heart for sharing the Gospel and serving others.
Kyle intends to graduate from Liberty in August 2017 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in Business, Global Studies and Sociology as well as Sports Ministry.
His coursework required he do a sort of “mini internship,” and that brought him to FCA for eight weeks beginning in April. Sensing his heart, we asked him to stick around as our summer intern.
Kyle’s been a huge help in setting up and coordinating events. He was integral to bringing the Gospel to elementary and middle school students when he served as a huddle leader at our Power Camp in June. He’s even helped on the creative side as we map out the coming months for our ministry.
After attending the statewide FCA meetings earlier this year, Kyle was moved by the testimonies and the sacrifices that are being made to bring the truth of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified to Florida’s public schools.
And it’s not just FCA that’s making an impression ...
For the (College) Kids
Kyle also serves as an intern at The Harbor, Calvary Chapel Melbourne’s college ministry on Thursday nights. They are putting Kyle’s head, heart and hands to work. He facilitates the Connect teams, manages their social media presence and is given opportunities to teach.
It’s awesome to see God working in Kyle’s heart. Ask him where he’s grown most on his journey and he’ll tell you it’s in his desire to love on people. He’s excited at the chance to demonstrate the ways of Jesus Christ by putting others first.
At some point after Kyle responded to God’s call, he’d been reading his Bible at the kitchen table for a long time. It was a habit he’d developed. His mom asked him one day, “Are you ever going to do anything else?!”
We’re pretty sure he will.
Kyle doesn’t know exactly where the Lord is leading him yet. He’s taking it day by day until he graduates from Liberty and gets pushed out “into the real world.” But he does seem to be developing a heart for serving others and making disciples – for teaching those eagerly seeking out the promises of God.
We ask that you join us in welcoming Kyle to FCA this summer. We are grateful to have him, and we ask that you pray Kyle remains devoted to God and responsive to His Spirit at work.
When we feel the Spirit of God tugging on our hearts, I pray that we all respond with the same earnestness and devotion as Kyle has.
Kyle is set to graduate Liberty University in August 2017. He received his AA from Eastern Florida State College where his dad, Jeff Carr, serves as the school’s Associate Vice President of Athletics and the Women’s Varsity Soccer Coach. On the soccer field, Kyle racked up First Team All-Conference and All-Tournament team in 2016 as well as NJCAA First Team All-American in 2014. You can reach Kyle at email@example.com.