Members of the Salt Lake County huddle have a lot in common with the community surrounding them—they like to stay active. The city's outdoor-oriented lifestyle is one that huddle members are able and excited to be a part of. The lack of Christian faith in Salt Lake City, however, is the reason that members of the Salt Lake County huddle cannot rest easily assuming that every athlete they meet is a follower of Jesus. "The predominant religion residents follow is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints," Salt Lake County huddle co-leader Sarah White said. "It is within this environment that our FCA-E huddle is working, and the spiritual battle is felt and/or experienced on a daily basis." The Salt Lake County huddle works to minister to the lost in Utah by building one-on-one relationships. This way the huddle members are able to reach endurance athletes in a new way, incorporating their interests and desires into the mix. The huddle also sets up opportunities for the athletes in the area to improve themselves in their sports. "Starting this past September, we join together for a Worship Run on the first Sunday of every month, seeking to unite the Christian churches in Salt Lake Valley," White said. "We run three miles to a Christian church in the valley and then worship together with the body of believers to spread the word about our athletic ministry." This is just one example of the ways in which the Salt Lake County huddle intertwines athletics and the Christian faith, and it has been a very effective method so far.
The huddle also has a training clinic once a month, hosting different individuals who come to offer advice to the athletes. "We've hosted a professional triathlete and an orthopedic specialist to teach us how to become better endurance athletes. We also try to have a small bible study and prayer time at these clinics."
Looking on to next season, the Salt Lake County huddle wants to be a big part of the race ministry in the area. "With God preparing the way before us, we seek to put him first in our ministry and allow him to direct our steps."
Posted on Fri, December 4, 2009
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