From "Darkness to Light"... This was the theme for our Football tour, last month.
In Acts 26:18, Paul was proclaiming his purpose to appoint believers to share the 'Good News" of Christ, to others so that they may turn from 'darkness to light.' To see this play out, we prayed that each one of our 15 coaches would have 3 significant conversations with a player or coach about Jesus. We asked that the Lord would use the sport of football to break down barriers and build a trust and respect that would create opportunities to share the love of Christ.
The reality is, very few people know about Jesus Christ. The large majority of those we meet were born Muslim, not by their own choice. So many of the people in this part of the world don't even know what they believe. This was something that blew my mind because I always assumed that Muslims were pretty strong in what they believed. With them not really having a clue, it opened up many doors at the end of the week to dig into spiritual conversations. I learned too, though, how big football played a role in this process. Working with our players over the course of four days of clinics had built such a great bond, that we could have good conversations about Jesus, where the players would actually be engaging with us.
No, no players accepted Christ into their life... That wasn't one of our objectives. We knew going in, our job was to plant seeds, till the ground, and water, so we could provide credibility and professionalism amongst our current in country staff. The reality is, it takes years of relationship and the pouring out of love before there is movement in some cases. We were blessed in our time there to have so many conversations within the week. We pray that God is continuing to work on their hearts even while we are not there.