Investing in building relationships through basketball

What’s the good news about the Good News?

The good news about the Good News is that God continues to work through relationships to proclaim His name in all the earth.

Last November, the Hoops for Hope organization sent a team of basketball players to Pilar, Argentina to hold basketball clinics for the purpose of evangelism. Through that outreach, we made numerous contacts in the community, and some of those even led to evangelistic Bible studies.

Hoops for Hope sent a second team this week, which built on the contacts made the previous year. Those relationships are now turning into friendships!

During the clinics, the team went to three different basketball clubs, reaching at least 200 families with whom we would not otherwise have contact.

A huge answer to prayer is that our church people who participated were able to form friendships with the kids and their parents. Many exchanged phone numbers, with the goal of inviting them to study the Bible together.  Please pray for the follow-up with each one!

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Perpetual goodbyes. That is one part of a description of missionary life. Yet, if you are saying goodbye, it’s because you first said, “hello”.  We are so thankful that this group of 11 Texans said “hello” one week ago!

They chose to invest in building relationships. They invested their vacation time, family time, and work time.  They invested their resources so that they could minister not just to kids on the basketball court, but to the missionaries…to us. They poured into us, including our MK at home, Josiah.  They co-labored with us to help with the ministry here. They sought to serve with the skill of basketball. They respected our cultural and social norms. They were flexible with whatever circumstance was thrown their way. They were generous with their time, talents, praise, and patience.

Even though we were sad to say goodbye, it was a blessing to say hello! We are so thankful for their investment in building relationships in Pilar.

 

Reaching our Jerusalem through basketball

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

During 2018 and through the next four years, our church’s goal is to prioritize reaching our “Jerusalem,” the city of Pilar. In all sincerity, it is rather overwhelming to imagine reaching 300,000 souls with the Gospel in only five years. At the same time, we have the assurance that Christ has given us the power of the Holy Spirit to do what He has called us to do!

Praise the Lord for the Hoops for Hope mission team that helped us reach approximately 1,500 souls in Pilar through contact with four sports clubs and six schools. Please pray for the new contacts made. Praise the Lord that we have already been able to follow up with several!

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