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Beyond Endurance

As we bring 2010 to a close, it’s a great time to reflect on the goodness of God during this past year and celebrate what He has done… in, through, and among our ministry team. In this light, we’ve included our year-end ministry praise report, asking you to thank the Lord with us. Along with this report, I also wanted to pass on a testimonial recently shared with myself by Minnesota Teammate and Huddle Leader Doug Barkema, outlining how the Lord has used FCA Endurance to impact his life. This is one of many stories, and I pray that it blesses you!

Have you ever thought that FCA Endurance may just be bigger than endurance sports? If so, you are not alone. It is and has been true for my life. A group of teammates in Minnesota and I are going through R12 Coach1, a guided pathway through Romans chapter 12. The course contains a workbook with questions. Questions 5 and 6 of the first session ask:"Over the course of your Christian life, who or what has had the most impact on your spiritual growth" and "How would you describe your spiritual growth over the last 5 years." My answer to both of these has to do a lot with FCA Endurance.

My spiritual growth over the last 5 years (really since 2009, which is when God presented FCA Endurance to me) has been like a rocket ship to the moon. Prior to God presenting FCA Endurance to me, I was a believer, but I may have been what Francis Chan refers to as a "lukewarm" Christian in his book Crazy Love, or not quite the "authentic Christian" that Bill Hybels describes in his book Just Walk Across the Room.FCA Endurance was the launching pad for me go from being a lukewarm Christian to trying to be a boiling hot, crazy love, authentic Christian...and I'm not just talking through ministry in endurance sports, or as the huddle leader for Minnesota.

Rather, I'm talking about how FCA Endurance opened doors for me and put me in contact with believers that shared a passion. This led to great friendships, which then led to people challenging me and holding me accountable. This led to me diving into the Word every day, praying every day, being more in tune to what God wants for me, how to live for His glory, how to listen to Him, how to be obedient to Him. That all led to further callings.
For example, by being more in tune with God, I was able to hear God call me to be a witness for Him at where I work. God later confirmed that calling by having 6 people come into my office one day and ask me about FCA Endurance, my religion, etc. Obviously, being a witness for Christ at my employer has nothing to do with endurance sports, but I don't think I would have ever heard that call if I didn't pick up on what God was putting in front of me at the Apple Duathlon in 2009. God put FCA Endurance in front of me at that race, calling me to get involved.

FCA Endurance has led me to pray and listen to God, directing and guiding my life for His glory. As Isaiah said, "Here am I. Send Me" (Isa 6:8). God has a lot in store for me and used FCA Endurance as the launching pad to get my attention. I know I'm not the only one. I've seen teammates grow in the Lord through FCA Endurance. It’s reenergized them. They are not just going through the routine of going to Church on Sundays, they are active - active in their church, in FCA Endurance, in their community and are truly working to giving God the glory. The FCA Endurance ministry is incredible and goes beyond endurance!

1. Information on R12 Coach can be found here: http://www.r12coach.com/ This program is available to all huddles. If you are interested in going through this discipleship material, please contact your Huddle Leader.

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