Volleyball - Central Asia

  • Agape Love

    Section: Volleyball

    2017 Teams: Volleyball - Central Asia

    Volleyball - Central Asia

      As we were heading to Central Asia, I wasn't sure what to expect in regards to how often we would be able to share our faith. Since we were in a closed country, I assumed we would tip-toe around and be extremely careful with how we shared and when. I quickly noticed that our in-country staff were extremely bold and unashamed of their faith, which completely challenged me as a westernized believer.

    After a week of sharing our faith multiple times, I was reminded once again how amazing sports are to be that platform and universal language to get our faith conversations rolling.

    As Kyle mentioned in an earlier blog, we got to lead a Boy's Time to share what it looks like to be a man. We specifically spoke on Humility, Reliability, Compassion, & Agape Love. At the very end of our talk (Which we could not share about Jesus, at all), two brothers whom we shared our faith with earlier in the week, asked us, "Is this the same love that Isa (Jesus) had for us?" We were shocked and in amazement that these young boys connected the dots!

    As we walked outside after Boy's Time, the mosque (Islamic church) next door was blaring the "call to prayer." The same two brothers looked at me and asked "Tyler, do you know what this is?" So I asked them to explain it to me, which transformed into a conversation of Kyle and I getting to share the Miracles of Jesus, with them. It was incredible getting to see their reactions of the wonderful miracles that they've never known of before. We pray that this leads them in the right direction & helps encourage them to seek Truth for themselves.

    - Tyler for the Team

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  • I Love this day!

    Section: Volleyball

    2017 Teams: Volleyball - Central Asia

    Volleyball - Central Asia

    I am always so grateful for debrief day.

    I never expect it to close our time together as well as it does, but it is always an incredible time to process together.

    We traveled to another city this morning in order to catch our flight home early tomorrow morning.

    We stayed at a really quaint and accommodating hostel that we are so grateful for so that we have beds and a shower one more time before the long flights home.

    It was at the hostel that we were able to process the week: the good, the hard and the divinely inspired. As the director, it was special for me to look back and to hear the team look back as well. Share stories.

    Laugh about funny things that occurred.

    To prepare together to head back as people that are different from this experience.

      And to talk about what God showed us that we want to take home and bring into our everyday lives.

    This group was unique and perfectly chosen by God.

    I enjoyed watching them jump right into stepping out and making an impact on this country.

    I loved seeing their humility, flexibility and learning attitudes.

    They were patient, willing, loving, passionate and courageous.

    They challenged me in my faith and they brought many smiles to mine and my husband's faces as we watched God use them all week.

    God did a work this week, not just in others, but, as He is always faithful to do, He did it in us too.

    - Ashley for the Team

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  • Brothers and Sisters in Separate Nations

    Section: Volleyball

    2017 Teams: Volleyball - Central Asia

    Volleyball - Central Asia

    Today was a very good day. We enjoyed some good breakfast and went to the local coffee shop. Then we had some quality time hanging out with the local staff, we studied God's word and spent time in prayer together. We were very encouraged by each other's faith - both the team in-country as well as those of us who came to Central Asia for the week.

    We ate lunch with some of our new friends and then we went to boys club where Tyler and I talked with the boys about some important principles regarding living life as young men. It's been a joy getting to speak into some of the young boys lives in boys club and to spend time with them throughout the week, but what is most special to me is that we have gotten to share the good news of Jesus through the platform of volleyball and just be used by God for His work. I especially enjoy the relationships that we have built, the volleyball moments, and being used by God in this nation.

    We closed out the day and celebrated the week with a lot of dancing and eating together with the local staff team who have become more like family- thank God that although we live in separate nations, we are still brothers and sisters in Christ.

    - Kyle for the Team

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