AIA Mission's Voice

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Section: Basketball

    Team Notes ( Non- Project): AIA Basketball

    Kenya 2017

    Cassidy is a California Baptist University graduate.

    1. How did you learn about the Kenya Tour?

     I guess AIA staff reached out to my coach since my school was a Christian school and asked if he could recommend any players to apply for the trip.  He mentioned it to me during our post-season NCAA tournament run and I was super excited about it right away.

    2. What was your initial reaction before attending?

    I was very excited.  I kept telling myself that God had brought this to me as an opportunity for a divine reason and that I just need to be open to change and allow myself to be used by Him for whatever!

    3. What is one thing you learned from being a part of tour? 

    I learned the power of God is far greater than I could even grasp.  He always has a plan and after becoming super close with every girl and staff member on the trip I could tell that we were all called to be in Kenya together at that very time. That gave me a peace that I still can't put into words.  I loved the feeling of knowing that I had answered God's call and took a leap of faith by joining the tour and traveling across the world to meet this team and serve the people of Kenya. It was awesome. 

    4. Was there anything you were surprised on learning about yourself or in general while attending?

    I was surprised at how much I opened up to the team so quickly.  I am somewhat of a reserved person so when we got personal I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable I felt sharing my life story.  Also, I learned how passionate I felt about serving people whom are less fortunate and spreading the Gospel to unreached people. 

    5. What is a funny story that happen on tour?

    We were on a Safari and we stopped at a look out point.  We got out of the vans to take pictures and there were a pack of wild monkeys we started taking pictures of.  One of them ended up jumping inside of our empty van and then literally chased after me.  I have never ran so fast in my life hahah!

    6. What is your current profession? 

    Currently I am a professional basketball player for the Ringwood Hawks Organization in Melbourne, Australia.  I move to Australia January 12th to start training for the season that begins in March.

    7. How has God played a role in your life to date?

    He has totally blessed me with the gift and abilities to play basketball.  Basketball has taken me all over the world as I have played in Taiwan with my college, Kenya with AIA, India for a tournament with the Ringwood Hawks, and now it is taking me across the world to Australia to play.  I realize that my talent is fully from Him and am so thankful that basketball has allowed me to meet so many people and experience different places/cultures around the world. 

    8. What would you say to someone considering a international tour?

    Just do it!  It will be a trip of a lifetime. If you are still in the early stages of your walk with God and may be nervous about not being equipped enough to go spread the Gospel, don't worry.  The trip helped me grow in my faith so much and taught me how to dig deep, share your faith, and really chase after God.  It is a life-changing experience and the team is like my new family!

    Kelly

  • Go, Be, and Do

    Section: Golf

    2017 Teams: Golf Kenya 2018

    Golf - Kenya

    HOME | Go, Be and Do likewise


    As a short term mission trip team, there is only so much you can actually accomplish. We are limited by time, physicality, resources, emotions, and on, and on the list could go. But these limitations should never stop us from going, being and doing! Why? Because we serve a God who is Limitless. Totally unbound and unrestricted. He is in control of all things, knows all things, and is ‘with us’ at all times. The results, the progress, are in His hands and He will be glorified. He doesn’t use us based on our own ability but on our willingness to go, be, and do. So our hope, our trust is not in our own efforts but in the one who deserves all the credit, Christ.


    In Matthew 28 the Lord beckons all those who place their faith in Him to go, be, and do the work He has prepared for us. Sometimes these verbs of going, being, and doing are not easy but it’s totally worth it! In reality, it’s all that matters, it’s all that lasts, and ultimately it’s what Christ has done when He laid down His own life for us, to make this love relationship possible. Praise and thanks be to God!

    Here’s to the 2018 Kenya Golf Project! May God continue to bless the country of Kenya and may the experiences we lived and felt reverberate into our future!

    We are so thankful for those who supported us financially and for those who were faithful in praying! This trip would have not been possible without you guys.

    HOME | Go, Be and Do likewise • As a short term mission trip team, there is only so much you can actually accomplish. We are limited by time, physicality, resources, emotions, and on, and on the list could go. But these limitations should never stop us from going, being and doing! Why? Because we serve a God who is Limitless. Totally unbound and unrestricted. He is in control of all things, knows all things, and is ‘with us’ at all times. The results, the progress, are in His hands and He will be glorified. He doesn’t use us based on our own ability but on our willingness to go, be, and do. So our hope, our trust is not in our own efforts but in the one who deserves all the credit, Christ. • In Matthew 28 the Lord beckons all those who place their faith in Him to go, be, and do the work He has prepared for us. Sometimes these verbs of going, being, and doing are not easy but it’s totally worth it! In reality, it’s all that matters, it’s all that lasts, and ultimately it’s what Christ has done when He laid down His own life for us, to make this love relationship possible. Praise and thanks be to God! • Here’s to the 2018 Kenya Golf Project! May God continue to bless the country of Kenya and may the experiences we lived and felt reverberate into our future! • We are so thankful for those who supported us financially and for those who were faithful in praying! This trip would have not been possible without you guys. • #GOAIAUSA #golfingdisciples #AIAKenyaGolf #AIAGolf #home

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    2018 Kenya Golf Project:
    Our team of seven golfers hopes to use the platform of golf to further God’s kingdom in Nairobi, Kenya!

    ~ Jacob for the Team

    #GOAIAUSA     #AIAGolf     #AIAKenyaGolf    #GolfingDisciples

    Read more about AIA's 2018 Kenya Golf project

    Follow us on Instagram @aia_kenyagolf

  • Debrief

    Section: Golf

    2017 Teams: Golf Kenya 2018

    Golf - Kenya

    Day 10 | Golf and Debrief

    The team was thankful for another opportunity to play the beautiful course of Royal Nairobi. It’s been encouraging to see AIA’s relationship with members at Royal Nairobi deepen. These gorwing relationships are enabling local AIA rep, David Nyamu, to continue and expand his scope of ministry in and around Nairobi. We’re so thankful for the connections our team has made and we’re going to miss our new Kenyan friends as we return to the US tomorrow.

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    In this short clip we had the opportunity to present and give multiple caddies golf equipment to further them in their enjoyment of golf. In Kenya equipment is expensive and scarce, so the caddies were grateful. The team met late tonight for a time of debriefing. We each shared what the Lord taught us on this trip and ways we saw Jesus through others. Also taking time to affirm and encourage these thoughts and feelings. This was an amazing couple of hours to reflect and asses the past 10 days.
    The team has been so unified, willing, and servant minded. Allowing for likemindedness and greater effectiveness in ministry. We’re thankful that we have meshed well and have been able to be active participants in what God is accomplishing in Kenya.
    Be on the lookout for a post with multiple pictures and videos capturing the past 10 days of serving, sharing, giving, and loving! Please continue to pray, the trip isn’t over, we have a few things planned tomorrow!
    Peace

    2018 Kenya Golf Project:
    Our team of seven golfers hopes to use the platform of golf to further God’s kingdom in Nairobi, Kenya!

    ~ Jacob for the Team

    #GOAIAUSA     #AIAGolf     #AIAKenyaGolf    #GolfingDisciples

    Read more about AIA's 2018 Kenya Golf project

    Follow us on Instagram @aia_kenyagolf

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