“I want to accept Jesus! It’s the most important thing I’ve learned here.” Mike (not his real name) just finished his first Athletes in Action, (AIA) International Coaches Academy. When asked about the most important thing he learned, he replied “I want to accept Jesus!” Mike and twenty-eight coaches were flying home the next day. They had just completed two weeks of training in coaching philosophy, teaching techniques, principles of leadership, team development, finding sponsorship, and “building the infrastructure” of a successful basketball program. But more importantly, Mike caught the eternal message of the academy–that Jesus loves him and gave His life so Mike could experience eternal life with purpose! Very early the next morning, AIA staff and sixteen coaches witnessed Mike’s baptism. Larry, who also accepted Jesus during the academy (formerly Muslim) also exclaimed, “Next time it will be me getting baptized.”
Watching the life-changing transformation of these men as they accepted Jesus and as Mike was baptized is like witnessing the first Easter weekend. That is what Jesus gave us that first Easter. Thank you for helping make this possible for Mike, Larry and all the men and women whom AIA has had the privilege of assisting this year.
Watch for a special Easter posting to share with your friends!