Brian Miller Takes Hockey to a New Level
Brian Miller Gives Bibles Covered with Inspiration
The 9-to 16-year-old boys who attend the Hockey Ministries International (HMI) summer hockey camps throughout Canada, learn more than the essentials of backchecking, breakaways, and the box. These young men hear about “a parallel story between a boy getting a penalty and another player serving it for him and Jesus being the one to take our spot for our sins,” Brian Miller, the Waterloo, Ontario, HMI camp director, explains.
In the summer of 2010, the boys at the Waterloo camp received the first copies of the ministry’s custom cover NIV Bible. “The hockey-specific cover is very eye-catching and one of the biggest things for us at the camp is giving all the kids the exact same Bible. When the leader or counselor says, ‘Turn to Matthew 5:5, on page 812,’ the kids who aren’t familiar with the Bible at all or who aren’t used to finding the books of the Bible don’t have to be embarrassed,” Brian says. “Having the same Bible means all the kids can find the same verses easily.”
The hockey-themed Bibles are as cheered as a hat-trick with the campers and Brian and the HMI staff look forward to giving away more of the custom-cover Scriptures with their camp logo in the years ahead. “If you are going to bring kids to a camp and tell them the Bible is the truth and how they will find answers to life, it’s silly to tell them that and send them away without a Bible for themselves,” Brian adds. “It’s also nice having a Bible that doesn’t look like traditional type Bibles because this allows the kids to be more comfortable carrying their Bible whenever, wherever.” For some, that might even mean a little reading time in the penalty box.