Athletes in Action's Global Sports Blog
Jan 13, 2015
Bwana se fiwe - Praise the Lord! We are home! Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement. It was an amazing 12 days in Kenya where we saw the Lord work in miraculous ways. Some of our highlights include doing a caddy clinic at a golf course as a way to show our love and care for the caddies, visiting Soweto Academy multiple times to share a Bible story and hang out with the students, a dinner with the majority of the women's basketball coaches in Nairobi in which the first Bible study was set up, and many Spirit-filled conversations with people of all walks of life on the golf course. It is amazing to think that the Lord used the 9 of us to make such a big impact on the AIA Kenya ministry. Relationships were built and a lot of doors were opened for David and Celia, AIA Kenya staff, to continue ministry. It was also amazing to see each member of the team step up to make a difference when they were needed. It was nothing that we could have done on our own, and all a testament to how big our God is.
Continue to pray with us for the follow up that is left for David and Martha, and Celia. Pray that the Lord would use the golf ministry to impact the entire country of Kenya and for support that the staff can continue doing ministry full-time.
We all left with heavy hearts to leave the beautiful people and country of Kenya, and look forward to a next time of partnering with our sisters and brothers. Thank you once again for all you do to partner with us and send us! Check out the photo gallery at the top of the page for more pictures!
Jan 5, 2015
Hello from Kenya! Today was a unique and exciting day for our team. The guys took a break from golf for the day and all nine of us had the opportunity to go to Soweto Academy, a Christian K-12 school in the Kibera slum. Kibera is the second largest slum in Africa, and probably the most materially impoverished place most of us have ever been. Athletes in Action has had a long lasting relationship with the school, and on past trips to Kenya has built relationships with the people there and worked through the best way to support them and provide resources. After our leadership had several meetings with the principals to determine their needs and the best way to use our time, we developed the objective to "paint, play, and pray," as April so eloquently put it. We did just that. We split into groups and rotated through telling a Bible lesson in the classroom and praying for the students, playing with soccer balls and bubbles outside, and re-painting a bathrooms that AIA built several years ago. The day was tiring physically and emotionally, but also a meaningful experience that most of us will never forget. This evening during our team time we were able to process through some of the emotions of the day. We all are (or have) wrestled with feelings of guilt over our material blessings in America, but know that the Lord is sovereign over all things. Katie offered the thought that perhaps we are "blessed to be a blessing." The world is broken because of sin, and the poverty of Kibera is a part of that brokenness. It makes us all the more eager for the day when Jesus will return and make all of the broken things beautiful. In the meantime, we will trust that He will use us for His purposes if we are willing to surrender ourselves to Him. Despite all of the brokenness we saw today, it was evident that the joy of Jesus was present. It's hard to describe what it's like to be able to sing, dance, laugh, and smile with precious children who are seemingly unaware of the unfathomable conditions in which they live, but quite aware that the God of the universe loves them. I don't know that I can think of a better testament to the character of God. I think we may have been the ones who were blessed today.
- Becky Baron
Jan 4, 2015
After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10
One of my favorite things about traveling internationally is worshipping in church with fellow believers in different languages. I love the picture of heaven with every tribe, every tongue, every nation standing before the throne of God crying aloud about how awesome He is! Today we got to do just that with NPCK- the church of our Kenyan staff, David. What an amazing God that can understand our words in all different languages...the thought of that humbles me!
After church, the guys headed out to Muthaiga Golf Club for another clinic, while the women stayed at our guest house to plan for our times at Soweto Academy. We are all excited for what God has already done in relationships and what more He has for us as we go to different golf clubs and visit the school in Kibera. Please continue praying for us as we share the Gospel in our conversations and actions! We have some big days ahead of us. Thank you for partnering with us!