The chaplain for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is hoping the Holy Spirit gets him "to the right places at the right times" as he gives spiritual care to players in the week leading up to Grey Cup.
Chaplain Lorne Korol and his wife, Heather, have been giving a helping hand as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prepare for their championship game.
"In the chapel, I told the guys 'hey, you've got to be a team player and do whatever it takes," Korol says, not realizing at the time how relevant it would be for him.
Heather has been helping the women in the Bombers' wives' Bible study group secure hotel rooms and tickets for their families in Hamilton. Lorne spent the last game on the sidelines not only as a chaplain but also as a temporary water boy.
"Our water was freezing up instantly. I have never seen anything like it," Korol says. "We had a portable dryer to blow on the nozzle of the Gatorade container. We were trying to keep the tops of the Gatorade lids warm by immersing them in warm water.
While training is filling up players' schedules, Lorne is ready to help them by phone, text, or in-person hoping the Holy Spirit helps him say the right things at the right times.
"Trying to keep them grounded in their faith is really, really important; that they understand they are playing for something far bigger. They are playing for the eternal prize, not the temporal prize."
Koral will be going out to Hamilton on Thursday, hoping to host a chapel on Friday afternoon and a game-day chapel on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. He says it is a blessing to be there.