Athletes in Action's Global Sports Blog
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.
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!