Whether you run or cycle or swim, or do all three, there is something for you in Savannah every week! The Savannah Huddle hosts rides, runs, open water swims and bricks on four evenings every week and on Saturday mornings. Now that is one active Huddle!
These athletes may be dedicated to their sport(s) but they are also passionate about sharing their relationship with Jesus Christ. Following Huddle leaders Steve and Laura (and Steve's wife Leigh) they actively seek opportunities to befriend non-believing athletes. They invite them to Huddle training, host clinics that draw athletes of all levels and all beliefs, and storm the Savannah race scene with yellow shirts and jerseys. Not only do they cheer for every athlete until the last one is across the line but then they help clean up (even when they're not "volunteering"!) until the last trailer is closed and hitched. The impact on both race directors and individual athletes has been phenomenal!
Steve also makes a point to contact race directors prior to each race and volunteer FCA-E's help. At one such race recently Laura saw a specific need and attached herself to a weary race director. She effectively directed the entire event with the huge help of a covey of FCA-E volunteers. Team FCA-E's outstanding volunteerism earned an opportunity for Laura to share Christ with the race director and pray for her during a personally challenging time in her life. What an example of service, teamwork and God's blessing!
As soon as there is a break in the racing action, Savannah is looking to host an Endurance Ministry Institute (EMI) to learn and practice the skills involved in verbally sharing their faith so that next year they might be even more effective in advancing the Kingdom of God in endurance sports.
Praise God for Huddles like Savannah and leaders like Steve and Laura! Ask many a Huddle member how he got involved in the Savannah Huddle and he'll likely answer, "Steve!" It smacks of the familiar quote, "The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God's help, I aim to be that man" (Henry Varley, speaking to DL Moody who took the words to heart). Said Laura, "Steve really has an infectious vision for ministry which our athletes literally take to heart and subsequently exhibit with tons of passion. When the focus goes to God and serving Him, the impact is profound." May we all rise to that challenge!
Check out Savannah's excellent website (www.fcasave.com). Or if you (or your Huddle) are interested in hosting an EMI, find out more here: donnadouglass.com/FCAE_training_retreat_files/host.htm.
Thu, August 6, 2009
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