Asbury Athletes: Training for the Mission Field
At Asbury, there is no “off” season for serving others in the name of Jesus, and several University athletic teams are reaching out on and off the field.
For example, the women’s soccer team shared their skills and love with 100-plus campers in New York during the last week of July, and the volleyball team is spending the first week of August working at an orphanage in a Mexican border town in addition to hosting a free volleyball clinic. Later in August, the tumbling team will travel to Puerto Rico, and the Asbury tennis teams will work in Chicago.
Fans can follow the teams’ activities by checking frequently at the Asbury University Athletics webpage at www.asburyeagles.com. Several teams are blogging their experiences daily to better capture the transformation that can occur in each setting:
“This week has truly been an eye opener to how blessed we are for the simple things in life that many people take advantage of. Being able to just love these kids and share the love of Jesus has been a life changing experience. These kids have for sure made a lasting impact on my life, from their smiles, to the stories they share, to seeing their eyes light up due to receiving what would seem like such a simple gift.” – Brooke Perkins, freshman (women’s soccer)
“Shane Claiborne, in his book Irresistible Revolution, talks about what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called the cost of discipleship. As Claiborne says, ‘We are the Body of Christ, the hands and feet of Jesus to the world.’ We are here to answer that call and find out what God has in store for us in Naco, Mexico.” – Asbury University volleyball coach J.P. Rader
“Going on this trip with this wonderful team that I have only gotten to know for a few days is amazing as well. They encourage me to be a better player and woman for Christ. I already love these girls so much and I can’t wait for the rest of the time we will spend together.” Anjela Alicia, freshman (women’s soccer)