I (Karen) disciple and coach interns and part-time field staff by encouraging and helping them as they raise their support and prepare to serve with AIA on campuses and at our headquarters.
I’d like you to meet one of them.Camille’s first introduction to AIA was through her father who had gone on baseball tours with AIA in his 20’s. Camille played soccer her freshman year at Appalachian State U. and wanted to go on a soccer mission trip with AIA that summer, but she tore her ACL and couldn’t go. Instead she attended an AIA Ultimate Training Camp (UTC). The next summer she went on a soccer tour to Swaziland and Malawi. She returned to school fired up to reach her campus for Christ, but because her school had no sports ministry, she decided to become a representative through our SportLinc program.
As a SportLinc rep, Camille was discipled by an AIA staff member who provided training and help to reach her campus for Christ. Camille reached out to girls she had played soccer with her freshman year who had not been very nice to her. She started a Bible study for the soccer team and ended up discipling some of those very same girls. The ministry Camille started has sent 20 students on sport-centered mission trips in the past few years.
After graduation, Camille served as a one-year intern with AIA Sports Performance. A highlight of her year was discipling Brenna, a freshman soccer player who had been ostracized on her team because she didn’t drink. Brenna didn’t let that stop her — she started a Bible study with her teammates which she led for the three years she attended Wright State.
While Camille attended Georgia State for her master’s, she helped start a softball Bible study in which almost half the team participated. After graduation, Camille and her new husband moved to NC where he is a pastor, and she works for a youth soccer club. Now she is preparing to serve part time with AIA as a SportLinc coach to disciple other students who want to start sports ministry on their campuses just like she did.
Your partnership is making a difference in mobilizing laborers like Camille.