March was National Athletic Training Month and two AIA Sports Performance Tours used the occasion to return to Armenia and Spain, where they saw God provide so much. From financial support, to avoiding bad late winter storms and being flexible with our ministry, both teams experienced God’s hand of provision. The Armenia team continued to build upon relationships at the National Kinesiology University and the Yerevan State Medical School. The Spain team ministered in three cities and impacted the sports of women’s basketball and American football, while also teaching clinics to sports medicine professionals and students.
The relationships built over five tours to Armenia have led to a collaboration with Jesus Film teams who follow up with contacts teaching English language classes and showing the Jesus Film. Over 50 faculty and students at the Kinesiology University have attended the classes where they are hearing about the love of Christ. This year’s team continued to work with the AIA Armenia volunteers who lead a youth soccer ministry. During the training time with the volunteers we were joined by two young believers who are interested in getting involved with our AIA staff. All of this relationship building has led to AIA Wrestling receiving an invitation to send a team to Armenia this summer to do more outreach!
In Spain, the volunteers and staff have several new contacts to follow up with, including an American playing football in Barcelona. He’s getting connected to our American Football staff to see how he can get involved. Kenny, a ministry volunteer in Madrid will be following up with the medical professionals and students the team ministered to. In Lleida, the team showed the flexibility to do a basketball clinic with players focusing on winning well. The drills and conditioning tips led to multiple conversations including one very special spiritual conversation. Please pray for the follow up with this young lady named, “C”.
AIA Sports Performance hopes to continue ministering in both countries. This year marked a milestone as many alumni gave financially to these projects and the Armenia team was entirely made up of AIA Alumni. This is very encouraging to our staff as we seek to equip professionals and students with ministry skills they can use when they return to their homes and jobs. Alumni wanting to return, or giving so others can return, reveals the sustainability of God’s provision. You can read more stories from these two tours and our upcoming tours to Honduras and Panama on our Team Blog. Thank you for your prayers and financial support of these mission trips.
Tags: Armenia, Athletes in Action, Athletes in Action Sports Performance, Athletic Training, Christian Sports Medicine Association, CSMA, Spain, Sports Medicine, Sports Ministry, Sports Mission Trips, Sports Performance Clinic, Strength & Conditioning