September 15, 2010 8:52:00 AM
As a follower of Jesus Christ, Stirling Foxworth strives to make a difference in people''s lives.
According to Kevin Johns, Foxworth is accomplishing his objective as a senior on the Mississippi College men''s soccer team and in the Christian community.
Johns, Mississippi College''s coach, has coached Foxworth for four years and seen him mature into a leader on and off the field.
Foxworth, a 2007 graduate of Starkville Academy, is an outside back who has helped Mississippi College to a 2-1 record, and he''s on the leadership committees of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Reform University of Followship on campus.
"He''s a fabulous leader on the team and he''s a solid soccer player," Johns said. "He also does a lot for our team off the field. We''re a Christian school, a strong Baptist school, and he''s a good leader in that area. A lot of the kids go to him for advice and look up to him.
"He''s done everything I''ve ever asked of him. He always asks if there''s anything he can do to help the team. He leads Bible study with the group and he leads a lot of our devotions before games."
Defenders don''t accumilate eye-opening statistics, but Foxworth has contributed in helping Mississippi College shut out Spring Hill 4-0 and Berry 1-0 after a season-opening 2-1 loss to Birmingham-Southern.
The Choctaws play their first American Southwest Confence game of the season on Thursday when they travel to Richardson, Texas, to play Texas-Dallas.
"(The season) is going real well," Foxworth said. "We''ve had three non-conference games that we''ve played well in. We''re going to continue to improve. We''re pretty confident about conference play starting now."
The 6-foot-2 Foxworth''s role is to let his teammates know where everybody is on the field and to help stop the other team from attacking the goal.
Although he also played on the back as a junior last season, he did assist a winning goal against Delta State and attempted four shots with three coming on goal.
Foxwrth said he hasn''t taken on an additional leadership role this season and that he''s the same leader as in the past.
"I may be a little more outspoken than I have been in the past and I don''t even know if that''s true," Foxworth said. "Last year and the year before I kind of stepped up into that role."
While Foxworth enjoys being a leader on the soccer field, his life''s calling is being a Christian leader.
He spent the past summer in the Republic of Botswana in South Africa, helping spread the word of God.
"The purpose in going was to work alongside with the people of Botswana and help with their church planning," Foxworth said. "There''s an entire region in Botswana that never heard the Gospel. There were no churches there and there''s churches in all three villages now."
He is the son of Randell and Jean Ann Foxworth, and he was born in Papua New Guinea in Southeast Asia, where his parents were doing missionary work.
Foxworth''s major is Christian Studies and he would like to follow in his parents'' footsteps and do missionary work or start a seminary when he graduatess.
Foxworth said he owes his life to Christianity.
"It''s my base for everything," Foxworth said. "It''s my reason for living. When I look at the Bible, I believe wholeheartedly that what it says is true. My purpose is to share that truth and love with everyone."
For now, Foxworth''s mission is to help the Mississippi College soccer team be the best it can be and help students learn the word of God.