Athletes in Action's Global Sports Blog
Dec 11, 2013
Both Monday and Tuesday mornings we trained one of the academies. Both sessions went good and the kids enjoyed having us there. One of our coaches shared their testimony with them and they were attentitive to it. We hope that we can effectively plant a seed of faith in these kids and pass the word of God onto them. Creating relationships with these kids and showing them God's unconditional love is one of our biggest goals as a team. We want to develop their soccer and help them in that way but we believe planting a seed of faith is going to be the most rewarding thing we can do while we are here.
Monday night we got the opportunity to meet the National Technical Director as well as the head coach of the Dominican Men's National team. Jeremy and Kurt were really able to connect with them and offer their hand in help. They ended up being very accepting to the help and knowledge that our two coaches had to offer for them. God definitely showed his presence at that meeting and opened up doors for our coaches and future coaches who come to Dominica through AIA.
Dec 9, 2013
We arrived in Dominica three days ago. Travleing went very smoothly and safely for everybody! The first day we were here was very laid back. We met with our host and sat down to figure out our schedule for while we are here. Our first day of Trainings was busy but very awesome! We wer given the chance to work with 100+ kids throughout the day at different locations across the island. It was great to see how cooperative the coaches were in having us train their kids. God really has opened a lot of doors for us to help these kids and spread his word.
We had the opportunity to experience the church culture of Dominica and everyone loved. They were so welcoming and open hearted to us being there. Our schedule is constantly changing every day. When we think one door has closed God opens another one for us. In three days of being on the island we have been blessed with a lot of great opportunities and great kids and coaches to work with. We can't wait for what is in store for the time we have left here on the island.
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.