An important area of focus for projects like the one in East Africa is to assemble a team who can continue building the ministry after the project. To that end, AIA put on a basketball coaches’ clinic in Rwanda.
As the clinic began, two coaches were asked to demonstrate passing techniques. Coach Evelyn had a funny expression on her face during the demonstration. Later our staff asked her why. Evelyn shared that her family was killed by Hutus during the genocide of 1994, leaving her and her baby for dead. When coach Evelyn walked into the gym, she saw one of men who killed her family 18 years before. Incredibly, through God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, Evelyn was able to forgive him. Then, God allowed the impossible to be done. She was asked to demonstrate passing drills with this man who had killed her family! At that moment, God completed a reconciliation between Coach Evelyn and this man. Coach Evelyn later said, “In that moment I realized God had removed my bitterness and I had completely forgiven this man and the others.”
God is reconciling Rwandans one relationship at a time through sports. What a privilege it is to be a part of reconciling people around the world to one another and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Would you believe one of the country’s best sports facilities is just west of Dayton, OH in a town of only 30,000? Tucked away southwest of Xenia, OH is AIA’s World Training & Resource Center (WTRC). In September, I toured the WTRC sports complex with my friend, Don Ross. The complex is the fulfillment of one part of AIA’s vision to share the gopsel through the world of sports. Since athletes are heroes in our culture, AIA is striving to build a relationships to share the gospel, disciple, and equip people to fulfill Matt 28:18-20 through the door of sports. Currently, the WTRC can provide housing for over 250 and banquet facilities for 500, as well as conferences and even family retreats. Touraments and clinics for football, soccer, baseball, track and field, and softball are held nine months a year, all with chaplaincy services. Challenge Courses are also available to provide any type of team-building experience. All of this is to ultimately share the gospel and build ministry across the world. In fact, over 80,000 were served in 2010. The WTRC also plays an important role with the Global Teams where each project team completes their planning and training in Xenia. In addition, the Global Team conducts coaching clinics for many sports serving coaches from around the world each year.
See it for yourself by contacting Erin Wellman at (937) 266-3883 or firstname.lastname@example.org.