“I would not know Jesus today if I hadn’t been involved with Athletes in Action these past two years.” I (Luke) was overwhelmed in my heart as I heard these words spoken from the two Gopher athletes I sat across from during lunch. Marek and Zac (pictured right) were two of the first students I met when we started with AIA at the U of M in 2013. Their first three years of college they were not involved with AIA and admittedly had not taken their faith seriously. But God was working in their lives and that fall they both sensed their lives needed to change.
After speaking at chapel during fall camp in 2013, I can remember sitting across from Marek as he told me that he wanted to try and start a Discipleship Group with his roommates on the football team. Trusting his word, I showed up one September morning to his old house in Dinkytown. I was unsure of what would come of this new group of four offensive lineman and a quarterback. That morning I challenged the men to commit to growing to be more like Christ through a weekly Discipleship Group with me for one year, not knowing how they would respond to such a challenge.
To my surprise and joy, this group has continued to meet every week for the last two years. They have studied the Bible and grown in Christ together. Marek and Zac both graduated in December and are moving on. As I sat across from them and heard how God has used this ministry to change their lives, I became overwhelmed by God’s grace to us. The trajectory of these two lives has been altered because of a few semesters spent with our ministry. Thank you for investing in us, so that we can make great investments in the lives of men and women that will impact them for eternity.