FCA Sent to Equip Latino Coaches Returns Blessed, Inspired by Chapter’s Sports Evangelism
Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Latin America North Region Sets High Bar, Engaging Local Sports Partners to Spread Gospel
July 7, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—A trio of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, fca.org) staffers who traveled to Latin America to equip fellow workers were surprised to find themselves on the receiving end of the blessings.
FCA Multi-Area Director Wade Hopkins and two other staff from the Texas Gold Coast region conducted two coaches’ conferences in the Latin America North International region and helped train 85 coaches and pastors to make disciples using the platform of athletics.
The trip’s purpose was “to catch a vision of what God is doing in Latin America North and to see how we could serve and support that work,” Hopkins said. “Ultimately, the goal was all about making disciples. We wanted to empower others to reach others.”
Hopkins and team found FCA Latin America North already in full swing, giving the Texans opportunities not only to serve and support but also to listen and learn. They witnessed Latino believers with FCA engaging local sports partners to utilize volleyball, baseball and soccer to create windows for sharing the Gospel. The Texans also facilitated coaches’ clinics, where they gave a Bible to each participant.
But if it is better to give than to receive, the Texas FCA representatives found themselves outflanked by the Latino FCA team, who were determined to bless their guests. One example of a servant-leader sowing seeds of the Gospel in the Latino community was Vladimir, who served as translator for the Texans.
“I was so amazed at Vladimir’s quiet, confident demeanor,” Hopkins said. “He knew he was fulfilling God’s call in his life as he developed his church to reach his local community. God used Vladimir to help me realize the opportunities all around me to engage with my community. I was blessed by our time together.”
Another standout Latino FCA teammate was Lazario, who shared from his experiences evangelizing athletes over the years, including a current Major League Baseball player who now hosts an annual Faith and Family Fun Night.
“That’s the power of sports evangelism,” Hopkins said.
Earlier this spring, FCA introduced FCA Virtual, an online and social media initiative to rally coaches, athletes and staff around the incredible stories of what God is doing through virtual FCA ministry. FCA Virtual is a space to gather ideas about how to engage teams and Huddles in online spiritual growth and to look for ways to serve and connect in this time of limited social interaction. FCA hopes coaches and athletes will be encouraged by what God is doing around the world through the virtual avenue. FCA Virtual will also help coaches, athletes and teams to keep up with evolving ministry and training events in the field, as they unify leaders around a common rallying cry during a time of increased isolation. Learn more at FCA.org/Virtual.
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