TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Overcoming hardship and gathering in fellowship brought hundreds to the Downtown Ramada Friday morning.
The 53rd Annual Kansas Prayer Breakfast brought in well known names such as Governor Sam Brownback, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli, but it was a former major league baseball player that pitched in with powerful inspiration.
Throughout the ups and downs of his four year pitching career with the Montreal Expos and Seattle Mariners, Brian Holman relied on faith.
"Be bold for the gospel of Jesus Christ," said Holman.
Life threw the Wichita native a curve-ball after his playing career when his adopted daughter passed away from Leukemia and his son fell from a ski lift leaving him critically injured.
Holman said, "Never give up no matter how hard it gets. never give up," telling attendees to find strength in those hard times. "Use failure as fuel, in baseball you fail all the time, more than any other sport. Use failure as fuel," said Holman.
Playing baseball taught him valuable lessons, that you must always believe in yourself, and to live life to the fullest.
Holman said, "Be a team player, life isn't about you, it's about who you can touch and who you can change. Don't allow what you cannot do to dictate what you can do. When you step inside the lines of life, you attack it like your hair is on fire, because you never know how long it's going to last."
Brian Holman also said his son overcame his critical injuries as a child and is now in spring training with the Seattle Mariners.