NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Glory gang ministry is a multi-denominational Christian outreach in Nacogdoches that looks to give children an escape every week while teaching them values that will stick for the rest of their lives.
Through music, theater and positive messages, Glory Gang Ministries is looking to change the lives of at risk children in Nacogdoches.
"We reach a group of children that most churches are not set up to handle," Pastor Richard Konderla said.
The ministry meets both physical and tangible needs through weekly services and various outreach programs such as vacation bible school and school supply giveaways, making sure each child feels special.
The players from the Nacogdoches All-Stars know the group is making a positive impact.
"I love being able to come and see all these kids worship and be happy," Tanner Garner said.
"It's a place for kids to get away if they are having a rough time in their home or anything, "Brandon Alvis said.
"It is very positive for the kids and they are learning about God," James Hill said. "It's just a great place to be. I'd rather them be here then on the streets."
The joy on both the players and kids faces is why Coach Dayna Westbrook picked the group.
"It's great to see the joy on the kids faces with the activities they had planned tonight," Westbrook said.
The players were glad to help at the Sunday service, even if it means putting candy out for an Easter egg hunt.
Win or lose, Glory Gang knows it's an honor to be one of the four charities chosen to receive money from the event.
"It means the world to know others care about our kids," Konderla said.
The sixth annual Pineywoods Showdown is Thursday April 17. The game between the Angelina and Nacogdoches girls starts at 6 p.m. The game will be followed by the game between the boy squads.
On Tuesday night's newscast, KTRE will feature Godtel in Nacogdoches, the charity being represented by the Nacogdoches girls.
To learn more about Glory Gang, please visit their website.