Rodney Sumter was bartending at Pulse nightclub when he was shot three times on June 12. 49 others died that night at the hand of jihadist shooter, Omar Matten.
Sumter and former Florida and NFL QB Tim Tebow played football together at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High School near Jacksonville, Fl.
Sumter is recovering at the Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), where Tebow visited and spiritually encouraged him.
Sumter, who suffered 2 broken arms, has been posting on Instagram and Facebook about the impact the visit from Tebow has had on him.
“My high school quarterback left the Bahamas to come and see me,” Sumter posted on Instagram, along with a photo taken with the former Heisman Trophy winner. “Tebow has always been an awesome person.”
Sumter played football for Jacksonville University and then moved to Orlando to work as a dancer and bartender.
Sumter announced on Facebook he had been influenced by Tebow sharing the Bible verse Philippians 4:13 throughout his career — by writing “Phil. 4:13” on his eye black that was consistently visible on game days.
Sumter used his experience to relay that same message Tebow shared to millions of fans in the stands and on television.
“Still in excruciating pain but, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ — Philippians 4:13,” the recovering Orlando victim posted.
“No weapons formed against me shall prosper,” Sumter continued to post. “Life-changing experience and I don’t want to do anything but share my testimony and turn my life over to the Lord.”
Tebow’s non-judgmental faith seems to have been just what a bartender with two broken arms needed.