I wanted to share an email that I received from Christy Jones, a huddle leader from El Paso, TX. It's honest, sincere, and powerful. There's lots that we can all learn from it.
Here's the update on El Paso: I was excited to discover FCA Team Endurance a little over a year and 1/2 ago. I loved the idea of a Christian based team that unified believers who are endurance athletes, so we can train, fellowship, and share the gospel. I started a Huddle here in El Paso, generated some interest with several participants who would show up for group rides/participate in races wearing the Team Endurance jersey. Rubin Crespo, a chaplain at William Beaumont also became a Huddle Leader (he recently deployed to Iraq). We have a list of emails of people who have expressed interest in FCA Team Endurance, however it got to where very few were showing up to Huddle Meetings, and frankly by February when Steve was gone for 9 weeks of Army training, I quit sending out emails, as I just didn't have the energy to keep trying to get people involved. I've been praying for some time if God wanted FCA Team Endurance El Paso to continue and grow, He needs to raise up another leader to help, which brings us to the present: I have a training buddy I met through the El Paso Trithlon Club who is also a believer and happens to live right up the street from us. Karim has been training with me at 5:30 am 2x/week for about a year. We begin our workouts with a prayer, yet he never officially signed up for as a Team E member. Well, we have a sprint triathlon here in El Paso in September, and suddenly my training buddy, Karim, is excited to get more people to represent FCA Team Endurance and Christ at this triathlon. A week and 1/2 ago, he called the race director and comitted to a table ($250) to get the word out about Team E El Paso! he told me God would take care of it...oh boy I'm in it now whether I like it or not. I took the FCA Team E handbook to my son's swim meet last weekend, and got re-aquainted with the main mission statement: to share the gospel with the endurance community. Boy was I convicted! That has not been my main vision for Team E, and no wonder it wasn't prospering! The next morning, our pastor gives a message on...sharing the gospel! and finding your nitch, your sphere of influence. Do you think God is up to something here?!? A couple days later, Karim calls to tell me that he found a sponsor, not just for the table but also for 5 Team E t-shirts for volunteers!! He asked his pastor (Coronado Baptist) for ideas on fundraising, and his pastor simply said, 'the church will cover it'. Now I know without a doubt God is doing something here, and in order to keep the momentum going, it is going to take time and effort, as well as a big step out of my comfot zone. Sounds like Experiencing God. To add to the beauty of it all, after watching me do a Half Ironman triathlon, my husband who has never competed in any enduranc events (not even a 5K, though he's a strong runner and strong cyclist), said he wants to do the sprint triathlon is Sep and is training for it. He is even swimming, which he hates. Even better, he has purposed that this new pursuit would not get in the way of his relationhsip w/ God and he has been spending more time growing spiritually. Amazing! He is also excited and FCA Team Endurance El Paso, and wants to lead a Huddle with me.
Thu, July 22, 2010
by FCA Endurance