Athletes in Action's Global Sports Blog
Nov 22, 2014
What can chaplains do when they are denied access to the athletes they came to serve?
Athletes in Action's chaplaincy at the Veracruz 2014 games was initially cancelled because our staff couldn’t get the necessary credentials to move freely among the hotels and competition venues. The AIA staff had already received invitations to meet and support teams with chaplaincy services, but without the credentials, they could not get into the Veracruz venues without security clearance.
A synchronized swim team wanted to meet our chaplains at the competition site and pray before their competition - but the chaplains couldn’t get into the stadium. Another team wanted our staff to lead them in a Bible study - but the chaplains weren’t allowed to go to their rooms, and the security suggested the meeting be held in the parking garage. As you can imagine, this created a journey of faith for our AIA staff, but they continued in faith waiting for the Lord to open doors according to His plan and timing.
Enter the faithfulness of God to allow His work to be done on His timing. For four days AIA staff had been trying to find someone who could provide the necessary credentials so they could fulfill their roles as chaplains. It's a long story, so let's just say that after waiting in offices for five hours talking with officials, our staff now have official accreditations.
Our staff's adventure in Veracruz brings to mind two scriptures. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding" and, "Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up." (Prov 3:5-6 & Gal 6:9) What an adventure to watch the Lord doing only what He can do.
Thank you, Lord, for privilege of joining You in Veracruz!
Nov 20, 2014
Our day began with Marco Antonio, our AIA leader in Honduras engaged in a conversation with a boxer from Colombia. Marco was talking with this boxer about whether his success in the boxing ring was translating over to his life outside the ring. It quickly became obvious it wasn't. Marco then began to explain to this boxer how he could know God personally. After hearing the Gospel this boxer trusted Jesus Christ!
Our team had another opportunity today as we were invited to speak to the baseball team from Guatemala. After hearing a clear presentation of the Gospel, 14 baseball players prayed to receive Christ!
As if our day couldn't get any better, our Athletes in Action team received official accreditation as chaplains here and now we have access to all the venues.
The Lord is good! Keep praying for us as we minister to these athletes and coaches!
Adam for the team
Nov 14, 2014
Welcome to the Central American and Caribbean Games Outreach Blog. We hope to keep this up to date while 12 AIA staff are in Veracruz, Mexico Nov. 12-30. We will be ministering to almost 6,000 athletes and coaches participating in 30 different sports from 16 different countries. Please join us in praying for opportunities to share Jesus love with the assembled participants.