In our last newsletter Why We’re Here, we shared why AIA repurposed athletesinaction.org. One reason was to provide encouragement and material to help believers impact their world with the light of the gospel and make a difference in the lives they touch.
The body of Christ is also in a historic position. Today, over two billion people have smart phones. We can reach them directly with unfiltered material, but as always, it’s up to the body of Christ to take the message to them.
How does this work? On November 23, 2016 athletesinaction.org posted “7 Habits of a Grateful Athlete.” The post was seen 20,000 times. It has also been reposted a few times, because it contains timeless material. Two weeks ago, a few people shared the post AND why it resonated with them, some on Facebook, others by email. The difference was their testimony about why the post was meaningful to them.
Here are just two examples:
“I had this article emailed to me this morning by a close friend. It’s a short, but powerful read on “Grateful Athletes”. If you have a free moment, take a minute to read it. These are some of the exact things we’re trying to teach to all of our wrestlers from Kindergarten through Seniors every day. For those of you who don’t know who the lady is in the photo, that is Helen Maroulis. She is the first US female to ever win a gold in Freestyle wrestling, which she did this last summer in Rio.”
“Grateful athletes. This article touches on a lot of the conversations the coaches touched on this weekend.”
This process happened over and over because the post was relevant to them and they took a moment to share it with their family, friends, and coworkers. The post has been shared 13,000 times and seen over 109,000 times.
That is the power of US, the body of Christ working together to impact our world by sharing God’s word and wisdom as we live our lives. Join the team by following us on Facebook or visiting athletesinaction.org.
As a partner in our ministry you are reaching the world! Thank you.
On the family front, please pray for Karen’s family. Karen’s father went home to be with the Lord last month. You can read the piece written by Karen on Facebook by searching Paul Gohmann, Sr., 1931.
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