Conversion stories can be very unique. Some people find Jesus at the bottom of a bottle. Others at a church alter. For former Major League pitcher Chris Carpenter, he found Jesus in the middle of nowhere.
“I was in the middle of nowhere an hour and a half from where I was supposed to be. My phone was dead and I had no way to get home,” Carpenter says in a new video for Sports Spectrum. “I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing.”
His multiple attempts to reach a cab company were unsuccessful.
“I was struggling at home, I was coming to the end of my career, I was struggling with alcohol, I was struggling with everything,” he says. That’s when he broke down.
“I literally raised my hands into the sky and asked God for help. I said, ‘I don’t know how you can do this, but I need to get home and I need to be saved.'”
That’s when God showed up, albeit looking a little different.
“Fifteen minutes later a cab showed up,” he explains. “It was a man, his wife, and their dog. I rode home with the dog in the back seat.”
“Anybody that doubts there is a God, I know I can’t anymore.”
Watch him tell the whole story below, including how it was there persistence of a teammate that finally got him to the point of surrender: