Athletes in Action's Global Sports Blog
Dec 6, 2013
The 2013 Men's Basketball Fall Tour is complete. What started on the 7th of October came to completion on the 20th of November as our team returned stateside after a 7 day adventure in Guatemala. Our men faced 6 different opponents in 7 days and traveled any where from a few hours up to 14 hours a day to play each respective opponent. Even despite the exhausting travel schedule they managed to win all 6 games by a margin of 60 to 90 points each game. During some free time they were able to explore some Mayan ruins and other exotic locations in Guatemala. But the best highlight was the three Guatemalan Nationals that gave their hearts to Jesus during their week stay in this beautiful country, praise the Lord! As the tour comes to a conclusion everyone reflects on the many miles traveled throughout the Midwest (Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio), friendships made (with teammates, host families, opposing coaches/players), unique experiences (14 U.S. college campuses visited, publically sharing personal testimonies, the trip to Guatemala), and the countless life-lessons learned (through Bible study, through living in community with other Christian men, hearing the AIA Principles, etc.). A big THANK YOU goes out to all who contributed to this tour! Whether you assisted financially, prayerfully, or a number of other ways we are all grateful for your help in making this tour a success. To God be the glory! We ask that you keep all of the players and staff in your prayers as we continue (post-tour) on this journey of growth in our walk with Jesus. AO1 (Audience of One = God)
Carl Lanham (Asst. Coach and co-discipler for the Fall Tour team) sharing his personal testimony with a basketball clinic in Guatemala.
Ben Warton throwing-down with authority against Banrural in Guatemala.
The AIA Fall Tour team with another Guatemalan National team after their victory, finished 6 and 0 in Guatemala.
The team taking in the sights at some Mayan ruins during their 7 day visit in Guatemala.
Dec 5, 2013
Our team of coaches head out on our journey to Dominica today. We are all excited for the trip ahead of us and to see what God has in store! God has already helped us in so many ways while preparing for this journey and we can’t wait to see what other amazing things He has planned for the country of Dominica. We have received a great amount of soccer apparel through the generosity of others willing to donate to the academies of Dominican children. We have all been appreciative of the help that we have received financially as well allowing us to embark on such a wonderful opportunity. We hope for a smooth day of traveling.
Thank you all for your prayers and generosity! We hope that you continue to have us in your thoughts and prayers as we travel to Dominica and teach God’s word through the beautiful game of soccer!
Nov 21, 2013
AIA's Global Sports is set to send a team of Kenya Dec 30, 2013 through January 11, 2014.
The team will be supporting a number of the Kenyan ministry operations. As they did last year, several team members will be playing in a National Golf competition. In addition, they will be assisting the Kenyan national team with their Men's ministry, Bible Study training, and humanitarian aid.
Through tours like this one, AIA is changing lives not only of those we minister to in Kenya, but we are also building tomorrow's leaders as they experience a life changing opportunity to see God work through them personally. As Eric from last years project shared:
“The opportunity to serve with AIA in Kenya on a golf mission trip was an incredible answer to prayer. As a professional golfer, I had been seeking a way to combine my talent for golf with God’s call to service. This trip sounded too good to be true, but it wasn’t. God provided exceedingly and abundantly. Our team received far more than we could have hoped to give to the people of Nairobi.”
- Eric Salazar, played at Princeton and now is on the Canadian Tour Championship
Could you use your passion for the game of golf to make a difference? Yes, just ask Philip Nelson.
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