Sports Performance - Armenia
Saturday is our last day in Armenia. Traditionally, we use this day to rest and relax while reflecting on what God has done during our time here. The town we've been staying in has Armenia's only ski resort so our day started with a relaxing but cold ride, two-thirds up the mountain ski lift for brunch inside a restaurant at 8000 feet. The views were obstructed by clouds but we didn't care as we enjoyed our time together with Tigran.
Our day of reflection included a debrief dinner with Tigran and Lusine during which we spoke of our favorite memories of the week. One of our team goals this week was to develop existing and new relationships for Tigran and Lusine's ministry. The ministry model we use here is relational evangelism. This model builds trust in others because we seek to get to know them them, and let them get to know us. It is in the cruicible of these relationships that we begin to look for ways to share the most important part of our lives...our faith.
One of those relationships is with Harutun. He is a sports physio who works with the National Boxing Team. I first encountered Harutun last year when he attended the last day of our conference. Then, last summer he traveled to the Olympics. Harutun met one of our AIA staff who was in Rio for an outreach during the Games. Now this week, Harutun attended all three days of our conference. I had a great time getting to know him, and look forward to staying in touch. Mly prayer is that through building this relationship, that either Tigran or I can begin to talk with Harutun about our faith in God.
At other times this week we were able to consult with injured athletes. Two of these were elite skiers. One of them is rehabbing a knee injury while the other has had a hip injury that has limited him for years. Our team was able to help both of these men, taking a moment with each to encourage them in their faith. While we may not be able to gurantee that either man will return to his pre-injury abilities, the opportunity to provide rehabilitaion instruction, supplies and hope brought smiles to their faces.
We are getting ready to leave. While we are happy to return home to loved ones, we are sad to leave our friends here. We also know that Tigran and Lusine's lives will be different next week after we are gone. It is in the reality of leaving that each of us realizes the depth of the importance of our mission here. Our debrief will continue as we travel home, talk with family, friends and supporters of what we saw God do here. In the midst of this, we will continue to post more thoughts and videos from our time here in this wonderul land so keep checking back this week for more!
- Paul for the team
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