Athletes in Action's Global Sports Blog
Jan 13, 2014
On the final day of the Kenya mission the team kicked off the day with some worship music, prayer and time in John 13. Jesus' words during the Last Supper regarding serving others and washing feet were read and relived as the group washed each other's feet and prayed for one another.
We had the opportunity to do some ministry at Royal Golf Club, the oldest golf course in Nairobi. After hosting a clinic and giving individual lessons, Jacob Hicks, from East Carolina University, shared his testimony and the gospel to the group at the range. Jacob's father is a PGA Tour caddie and has been on the bag for several tour victories including Payne Stewart's US Open victory at Pinehurst in 1999.
After the clinic we shared the love of Christ as we played 9 holes with the members. I (Korky Kemp, College Golf Fellowship) played with Michael Schoolcraft from our team and two members, Bernard and Hong. On the range I gave Bernard a lesson, so it was fun to go spend some time with him on the course. He is a believer in Christ, and we are at similar stages in life...both in our late 30's with three children. The Lord really blessed our time together, and as vice chairman of the club, Bernard invited the Athletes In Action team to come to Royal on club night next year so that we could have a very large audience for our program. The other player in our group, Hong, proved to be an extremely pleasant fellow to tee it up with. He was raised in Korea with a Buddhist/atheist background. God opened the door to speak with him briefly about Jesus. After the round, Hong accepted the book More Than A Carpenter that gives solid intellectual reason to believe in Christ for the forgiveness of sins.
In conclusion, thank you for your prayer and financial support of this Kenyan mission trip. God totally blessed the team beyond our wildest dreams. Our theme verse, Romans 1:16 "I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is ten power of salvation for everyone...", came to life as the Holy Spirit filled us to share the gospel proclamationally and relationally throughout our 10 days in Kenya. Hundreds of gospel seeds were sown to poorest of the poor in the Kibera slum and to the richest of the rich in the golf clubs of Nairobi. The local Kenyan AIA staff, David Nyamu, will be able to follow up with many of these connections we encountered.
Jesus Christ is living, active, and orchestrating events in the lives of people to draw them to himself. Please join us in praying for the seeds that were sown, that they would fall on good soil to grow and produce fruit. Also, please pray that the believers that we encountered would be encouraged and strengthened in their walk. Finally, pleas pray for both the AIA mission in Kenya and for our team as we transition back to normal life.
God blessed the group and this trip beyond measure. On behalf of the team, thank you for the extremely valuable part you played in advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ through this mission.
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Jan 9, 2014
Hey guys,Thanks for checking up on us! It was another great day here in Kenya. We had the privilege to play at Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club, one of the nicest facilities in the country. Before we got there, we stopped by Muthaiga Golf Club to meet a request of more Bibles needed in the caddie program, as well as deliver a few clubs to caddies/players who could use them. It's a blessing from the Lord to tend to both spiritual and physical needs of the local golfers and caddies.I heard a lot of great stories from Windsor today at our team debrief this evening. Will and Alexis played with a lady and her son who have a local ministry with the youth playing sports in the parks. She was fired up that our team had similar goals of sharing the good news of Jesus while playing sports. We got her connected with the Athletes in Action staff member from Kenya, David so prayerfully they can work together in the future.Other team members shared stories of explaining the gospel of Jesus Christ to people who had never heard it before. Often times people we have met here perceive Christianity as really hard because God has set the standard so high that they could not possibly be saved. It's always encouraging to hear a team member share that such a person now knows that faith in Christ, not works, is their way to salvation.Tomorrow we have a very similar schedule and are praying for another Spirit filled day.Follow our video blog in the link below!!
Jan 8, 2014
Jambo! Today, the team was blessed to be able to serve at two locations. Some of the team went to the beautiful Railways golf club, which is located basically downtown Niarobi, and five team members were able to again go serve at the Soweto Academy in the slum of Kibera.
God is doing big things here in Kenya! Continue to pray for us, and thank you for your prayers and support!
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