In these next few weeks, our family and team of nine AIA staff will be trusting God to meet many new students in the athletic department. Each of these student athletes has tremendous potential to impact the world around them. During their 4-5 years in college they will be influenced and will influence others. We have the unique opportunity to meet these student athletes at this critical time, when the trajectory of where they go and who they become will most likely be determined.
In light of this, our mission at the University of Minnesota is making disciples who make disciples. We are trusting God that hundreds of Gophers will be influenced by the gospel of Jesus Christ during their short time on campus and then go on to influence others. This includes their teammates, classmates, communities and families. Below is a story of influence from a third year football player named Tyler who Luke met for the very first time last fall. Hear from Tyler how his life has been changed in the last year and how he’s trusting God to influence his family members.
“I have always known Christ but I haven’t KNOWN Him in the way I do now. During my freshman year of college I had the desire to connect with some type of group but never really initiated anything. The fall came around my sophomore year and my brother in Christ Gabe invited me to come to a Bible study with Luke. I was relatively unfamiliar with terms as simple as “grace” and I was just kind of there to absorb information. Over time I started to understand more and more and was beginning to feel like I could lead my own Bible study.
This past year hasn’t been easy on my family. My family members are more “common Christians,” but I have been able to use what I have learned and teach them what it really means to surrender to Christ. I have continued to pray for them, and now my moms friend invited her to a Bible study. I have been able to comfort my mom with the Word of God and her life is changing for the better. I have stepped up and become a father figure to my brothers to make sure they are on the right track. My family means so much to me and it’s important that I can encourage them and talk to them about Christ. I have always felt that God has a special plan for me and joining AIA is just the beginning of me being reborn spiritually.”
This is just one example of God can move in someones life in only a year! We cannot wait to see who the Lord leads us to this year who will experience Christ transforming their life and the lives of others around them.