Sports Perf. - Armenia

  • Building Relationships Realized

    Section: Sports Perf.

    2017 Teams: Sports Perf. - Armenia

    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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  • Armenians Know How to Throw Birthday Parties!

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    2017 Teams: Sports Perf. - Armenia

    Sports Performance - Armenia

    Armenians love music, good food, and birthday parties! Friday night, after visiting the injured soldiers, we joined with the New Life Armenia staff and several of their friends to celebrate the birthday of Naira, the wife of Vardan, the President of New Life Armenia. Think wedding reception and you get an idea of the 5 hour celebration which included multiple courses of food, singing, dancing, comedy routines, and a lot of food! Did I mention there was a lot of food? 

    - Rachel for the team.

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  • Prayer Heals and Builds Relationships

    Section: Sports Perf.

    2017 Teams: Sports Perf. - Armenia

    Sports Performance - Armenia

      Friday afternoon we were invited by Dr. Nune, the Chair of the Sports Medicine Department of the Yerevan State Medical School to observe her volunteer work with injured soldiers. We were joined by David, a kinesiologist and alumnus of the Physical Institute who has been to three of our conferences over the years. We toured two hospitals, spoke with some of the soldiers and their therapists, and prayed with some of them and their families who welcomed that. 

    While this was a hard reality to witness, and impacted our team in ways we didn't expect, our time there seemed to be welcomed. At the end, we sat down with Tigran and Lusine in the rehab facility for a discussion with Dr. Nune, David, and another sports medicine faculty member. Our focus was on learning their desires and needs for sports medicine in their country and to convey our desire to learn how, and if we could continue to play a role in assisting them. 

    We have sought to build relationships at the Physical Institute and Medical School that will help position Tigran and Lusine to impact their country for Christ through the sports community. Those who take care of the physical development and medical care of Armenia's sportsmen and sportswomen are uniquely positioned to help Tigran and Lusine accomplish their vision. Lusine is a physician who is currently studying at the Medical School to gain her credential for sports medicine and Tigran is an alumnus of the Physical Institute. Our prayer is that these two educational institutions will ultimately collaborate in an effort to advance the knowledge of sports healthcare and physical training in Armenia. This trip has allowed us to take another step down that path. 

    Thanks for joining us with your prayers, as that will bring healing to this land and its people. 

    - Nick & Paul for the team.

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