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Marvin Andrews visit to Caithness
Professional footballer and committed Christian Marvin Andrews is to visit Wick on Tuesday the 7th of November. He will be speaking about his life, his football career and his faith in Jesus Christ at Pulteney Parish Church in Argyle Square at 7:30pm.  Marvin has a great story to tell and this will be a night not to be missed. The meeting is open to the public, young and older alike. All are welcome.

The tall, tough-tackling central defender has been a fans favourite at every club he's played for and has earned the respect of team mates and the media alike. His whole hearted performances have won him admiration from all supporters.

The powerful Trinidad & Tobago defender started his career in Scotland with Raith Rovers back in 1997. Marvin was voted Raith Rovers "Player of the Year" in the 1999/2000 season. He signed for Livingston in Sept. 2000 and was their "Player of the Year" for the 2003/2004 season.

On the 14th of March 2004, Marvin Andrews picked up his first major medal when Livingston won the Scottish League Cup and created history as it would be the first-ever major knockout trophy for the club.
Marvin then had a lucrative offer from Dundee United. After praying about it, he stunned many by turning it down, believing that it was not God's will. Three weeks later a much bigger and better offer came in from Glasgow Rangers. Marvin Andrews signed a two-year deal with Rangers in May 2004.

During the 2004/05 season, Marvin suffered a very serious cruciate ligament injury which should have prevented him playing, requiring surgery and being out of action for months. After being prayed for, Marvin believed that Jesus had healed him and surprised many when he returned to playing after a week. Although way behind Celtic in the league for most of the season, few believed Rangers could win it, except Marvin. Against all the odds, he went on to help Rangers win the Scottish Premiership League title on the last dramatic day of the season. At the final whistle Marvin went to the centre spot and knelt down to pray and gave thanks to God. He then removed his Rangers shirt to reveal a T-shirt that read 'The things that are impossible with man, are possible with God' taken from Luke's Gospel. Marvin believes that God has used his football career to enable him to spread the Word of God. He also won the Rangers player of the year award for that season.

Marvin has captained his national team, Trinidad and Tobago, and has over 100 caps for his country. He helped them qualify for the world cup finals in Germany this year. It was the first time in their history that they had qualified for the finals. They also made history in the fact that they are the smallest nation ever to qualify .

He was released by Rangers manager Paul Le Guen at the end of the 2005/2006 season and was a free agent for a short while. He had offers from English Premiership clubs and Scottish SPL clubs before being re- signed by his former club Raith Rovers on the 4th of October 2006. A decision based on following the will of God again, rather than the big money on offer. The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, was amongst local business people who were involved with the signing and will also help to head up the Marvin Andrews youth development trust. Marvin is well known in Kirkcaldy for his youth and community work.

Marvin is actively involved with his local church, Zion Praise Center in Kirkaldy. He was recently ordained as a Pastor and assists his Pastor Rev Joe Nwokoye with Sunday services. Marvin regularly preaches and prays for the healing of people who are sick.

Marvin Andrews agreed to a speaking invitation that was made by Keiss Baptist Church Youth Club several weeks ago and this has been made possible with the help of Wick Baptist Church and Pulteney Parish Church.
During his brief visit to Caithness, Marvin will be meeting Keiss Primary school pupils and also with senior pupils of Wick High School for a question and answer session about his faith in Jesus Christ.

A 'Evening with Marvin Andrews' is at 7:30pm on Tuesady the 7th of November at Pulteney Parish Church in Argyle square, Wick. All are welcome, admission is free.