One Miracle Out of Hundreds
This marks the start of Spring Semester classes at Trinity Bible College. As students return, together we are celebrating the hundreds of miracles that made this week possible for so many of them.
One of those miracles is Abigail Sailors, who received a $5,000 “waitressing tip” that allowed her to return to continue her studies. Abigail’s story may be the one that caught national attention, but in reality, her story is one of many testifying to how God uses ordinary people to achieve extraordinary results.
All of our Trinity students are here because of the miraculous provision and intervention of a gracious and loving God. Some of that provision comes in the everyday form of steady employment and faithful savings, some through the incredible generosity of others seeking to invest in future leaders, and some through truly astounding circumstances like Abigail’s.
Trinity Bible College is able to open its doors to Abigail and to all our students today and every day because of the incredible and miraculous gifts we receive. A good college education costs money, and every gift - from $10 to $10 million - is a miracle, plain and simple.
If you have given to Trinity recently, THANK YOU for making miracles happen in the lives of our students. If you haven’t given recently, I encourage you to consider becoming a miracle worker for someone today!
On behalf of Abigail and all our students, THANK YOU!
- Category: TBC News
Waitress gets 6,000 check from customer
By: Lauren Fabrizi
A random act of kindness is helping a teenage girl follow her dreams.
Last summer, Abigail Sailors headed off to Trinity Bible College in North Dakota to study psychology and youth ministry, and play basketball.
But after one semester, she made the tough decision to not go back.
"I couldn't really afford it, so I was going to take some online classes and get some generals out of the way," Abigail said. "And all that turned around yesterday."
Abigail decided to save up some money by waiting tables at the Lincoln Cracker Barrel.
Toward the end of her shift Thursday, she met a customer - a complete stranger- who gave her the surprise of her life.
She was presented with a generous $50 tip. Abigail said the man then pulled out his check book and wrote her two checks totaling $6,000.
"I said, 'Are you serious,' and my eyes just filled with tears," Abigail said. "It's always been my dream college to go there and play basketball, and go to a Christian school where I can seek God. For that to actually come true and not have to worry about those finance problems."
One check for $5,000 was written out to the school. The other for $1,000 was written out to Abigail.
Abigail's older sister, Sydnie, said they're both still in shock.
"My sister came home yesterday and was like, 'I have something to tell you,'" Sydnie said. "And I was like, 'Did you win the lottery?' And she was like, 'Well kind of!'"
Abigail said the money should help her with both tuition and basketball expenses for the next few semesters.
As she fills up her duffle bag with all her gear, she looks back on that encounter with tears of joy in her eyes and a smile on her face.
"It forever changed my heart and my life," Abigail said. "And I definitely see life a lot different now. You can always give more."
The man with the kind heart wants to remain anonymous.
Abigail will start classes again in a couple weeks. Her friends and basketball coach said they're happy to have her back.
Nick Lentz Joins the 1000 Point Club
Bemidji, MN: Junior Nick Lentz has been on a tear lately, he found his niche on the offensive end as in the last seven games he has scored 151 points! He has also scored 20 or more points five times in that stretch. Nick came into his junior year with 539 career points, needing 461 to join the 1000 point club. He was up to the challenge as he heading into their last home game of the year needing 52 points to break the 1000 point barrier. Nick had a career night scoring 37 points on 18 for 21 shooting. He then only needed 15 more points Thursday afternoon as the Lions took on Red Lake Nation College in the 1st round of the NIAC Conference Tournament. Nick stepped to the line with 12:01 left in the 2nd half with 999 points; he sank the first free throw and became the 18th Trinity Bible College Lions Men’s basketball player to eclipse 1000 career points. Nick made the next free throw as well and finished the game with 16 points. Nick finished the weekend off by helping the Lions win their 2nd ever NIAC Conference Tournament Championship. He now sits in 17th place with 1035 career points.
Kayla Droste Becomes the 8th Lady Lion 1000 Point Scorer
Bemidji, MN: Senior Kayla Droste headed into the NIAC Conference Tournament this past weekend with one personal goal and one team goal in mind. The team goal was to help the Lady Lions win their 5th consecutive NIAC Tournament Championship and her personal goal was to score at least 25 points to become the 8th Lady Lion to score 1000 career points. Kayla headed into the NIAC Championship game needing 19 more points to get to 1000 and with just over four minutes remaining in the game she got a pass from her sister Janae Droste for a layup which gave her 1000 points exactly. Kayla would finish the game with 23 points, as she now sits with 1004 points. Kayla helped the Lions beat Turtle Mountain 75 to 57 giving them their 5th straight NIAC Conference Tournament Championship.
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Lions Win 2nd NIAC Conference Tournament
Bemidji, MN: The Trinity Bible College Lions basketball team headed into the NIAC Conference Tournament as the #3 seed, which meant the Lions would have to win three straight games to claim the NIAC Conference Tournament Championship. The Lions have only won the NIAC Conference Tournament one prior time in 2011. The Lions were matched up against #6 seed Red Lake Nation College in the opening round game on Thursday February 20th.
The Lions took no time getting out in front in their opening game against Red Lake. They raced out to the lead behind some good three point shooting. Eventually the Lions headed into halftime up 60 to 34. The second half had the same tone to it. With just over 12 minutes to play in the second half junior Nick Lentz step to the free throw line with 999 career points and he sank both of his two free throws as he became the 18th Lions Men’s basketball player to reach the 1000 career points milestone. All 14 Lions would see the floor and all 14 scored as they went on to win the first round game easily 126 to 78. In the win the Lions had 4 players in double figures led by Jaden Shockley who had 25 points off the bench for the Lions and tied a career high 7 made three pointers. Ben Bighorn add 22 points, while Nick Lentz finished with 16 points and freshman Scott Erdahl had a career high 10 points off bench as well.
In the semi-final round the #3 seed Lions faced off against the #2 seed AFLBS Conquerors. The two teams were in a fight from the beginning. The two teams traded leads in the first half until with just over 3 minutes left the Lions took control. The Lions went into halftime with a 38 to 34 lead. The second half was a very interesting and exciting half of basketball. The Lions were able to build on their halftime lead and eventually held a 13 point lead over the Conquerors. However AFLBS would not go away and fought back and they took their biggest lead of 8 points with just over 5 minutes to play. The Lions fought back and took a 3 point lead with just over 45 seconds to go in the game. The conquerors had four three point attempts in the final 45 seconds of the game to tie but failed to connect and the Lions escaped to the NIAC Championship game with the 83 to 80 win. In the win the Lions were led by freshman Friscoe Erdahl who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jaden Shockley added 17 points and 7 rebounds off the bench, while junior Nick Lentz had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
In the NIAC Conference Championship the Lions had a rematch of their championship game from a year ago in which they lost to Turtle Mountain Community College. In the first half the two teams put on an offensive clinic. The two teams combined for 89 first half points. The Lions were able to sneak out of the first half with the one point advantage 45 to 44. In the second half the Lions were able to gain control of the game with the help of some hot shoot by senior Pete Enos who hit three straight three pointers in a two minute span. The Lions lead went from 5 points to 14 points. The Lions held that lead until the final buzzer as they won 95 to 81 giving them their 2nd NIAC Conference Tournament Championship in three years. In the win the Lions had four players reach double figures led by Nick Lentz who had another double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, senior AJ Anthony also had 21 points for the Lions. Friscoe Erdahl had another big game for the Lions with 19 points and 5 rebounds while senior Pete Enos finished with 15 points. Freshman Ben Bighorn add 14 points and 4 rebounds for the Lions.
The win moves the Lions to 16-16 overall on the season, with only the North Central Region Tournament left. The Lions head into the regional tournament as the #2 seed in which they will face the host school #3 seed Faith Baptist Bible College in the first round on Friday, February 28th at 8pm. To watch the games live follow this link: (games will be live streamed by host school Faith Baptist Bible College) http://www.fbbceagles.com/multimedia/livebroadcast
Lady Lions Win 5th Consecutive NIAC Conference Tournament Championship
Bemidji, MN: The Trinity Bible College Lady Lions have had a strangle hold on the NIAC Conference the past several seasons. The Lady Lions headed into last weekend’s NIAC Conference Tournament as the overall #1 seed and the four time defending champions. The Lady Lions drew a first round bye as the #1 seed they then faced the #4 seed AFLBS Conquerors in the semi-final round.
In Friday’s game against AFLBS Conquerors the Lady Lions took no time to show the NIAC Conference teams what they came to Bemidji for. The Lady Lions raced out to an early lead and never looked back. They went into halftime with 42 to 14 lead. In the second half the Lady Lions were able to rest their starters and all 11 Lady Lions got to see the floor. The Lady Lions went on to win 73 to 30 over AFLBS Conquerors. In the win the lady Lions had only 2 players in double figures, led by Kylie Simonsen who tied her career high of 24 points. Kylie also hit a career high of 7 made threes. Joining her in double figures was Janae Droste who had 12 points, while freshman Cheyenne Perkins had a career high 11 rebounds off the bench.
In the championship game the Lady Lions squared off in a rematch of last year’s NIAC Conference Tournament Championship Turtle Mountain Community College. The Lady Lions again came ready to play as they would race out to another early lead. They used their pressure defense to gain a 41 to 28 halftime lead over Turtle Mountain. In the second half the Lady Lions continued to build their lead and with just over 3 minutes to play in the game senior Kayla Droste made her 19 point of the game which gave her 1000 career points. Kayla became their 8th recorded Lady Lions Basketball to reach the 1000 career point milestone. The Lady Lions went to win 75 to 54 securing their 5th straight NIAC Conference Tournament Championship.
In the win the Lady Lions had four players reach double figures led by senior Kayla Droste who had 23 points. Sophomore SaraLi Petersen added 18 points, while Kylie Simonsen had 13 points and Lyndse Baumgarten had 10 points off the bench for the Lady Lions.
The Lady Lions have now won the last five NIAC Conference Tournament Championships 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The lady Lion also had three players named to NIAC Conference All Conference Team, senior’s Kylie Simonsen and Kayla Droste and sophomore Janae Droste.
The Lady Lions are now preparing for their North Central Region Tournament. The tournament is hosted by Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, IA and the Lady Lions are the #1 overall seed and will play #4 seed Faith Baptist Bible College on Friday, February 28th at 6pm. To watch the games live follow this link: (games will be live streamed by host school Faith Baptist Bible College) http://www.fbbceagles.com/multimedia/livebroadcast
Special Chapel Speaker: Huldah Buntain