Saturday, June 20, 2015

College Athlete Influences her Team

Volume 9 Issue 5
College Athlete Influences her Team

In our April newsletter, we announced that we are transferring to another ministry of Cru.  If you missed that announcement, you can see that letter online at:
In this newsletter, we continue to give you a glimpse of what Athletes in Action does by highlighting specific facets of the ministry.

Team Chapel at Ball StateAthletes in Action’s largest segment of ministry is focused on the college campus.  We have over 200 campuses with dedicated ministry to athletes across the United States.  Eric Knodel serves as AIA staff on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, IN.  A few months ago he shared the following story about his ministry on campus.

Jessica is a senior on the softball team. She has been on our AIA student leadership team for the last three school years, but she decided to remove herself from the leadership team last spring semester. She told us that she wanted to focus on studies while she was “in season” and traveling with softball. We were excited this fall when she came back on our team. Jessica approached me saying that she wanted to speak at our weekly meeting a few weeks later. She wanted to talk about some things that had been happening in her life. It turned out that during her message she talked about some serious events in her life that caused her to fall in depression and some bad choices that she made over Christmas break last year. This was the true reason that she had stopped being on AIA Leadership. But the Lord showed Himself to her over the semester and she came back to Him and started to walk with Him even stronger. By God’s grace she came back on our leadership team this fall and started to again reach out to her teammates, many of whom were at our weekly meeting when she spoke! A couple of weeks ago, she texted this message to our Leadership team: God has been working BIG this week! I was able to hold a bible study with my assistant coaches, had 3 girls come to me asking about Christ and wanting to sit down and talk to me about the gospel (even at the library!). I am about to head over to the Christian bible store to help pick out a bible for one girl, and another asked to go to church with me next Sunday!! AND two (one that I spoke with this week) are watching Gods Not Dead with me this weekend..... GOD IS MOVING!!!!!!
Prayer Requests:
  • Pray for all the details of our move.  Closing in Indy on June 23rd and in Xenia on June 24.
  • Pray: That our transition will go smoothly
  • Pray that we would acclimate to Xenia quickly and find a church to be involved with.
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