We recently heard from “Robbie” about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. He wrote: "We are grateful that God has put all of us here for 'such a time as this.' A time in which we are perfectly placed to share the hope of the Good News, shining even brighter for the people around us, offering our love and support. The past 3 months have been a huge blessing to us as family. God provided the opportunity to invest more time in His Word and to enjoy each other. We had the time to play more with our daughter and explore new avenues of creativity.”
It’s beautiful to read about “Robbie’s” perspective about how he is growing through the pandemic. Everything shut down in Egypt on March 10th. Robbie and his team had to cancel dozens of camps, programs and international teams, but they have made the shift to online training and ministry. He is overseeing several leadership developments by Zoom as well as evangelistic and discipleship programs.
CEI has partners focusing on sports outreach in North Africa. We’ve been able to send several teams and coaches over the years to help, but due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, we can’t send anyone this year. However, “Jeff” and his family and staff are hosting two sports camps in August: a baseball (and hopefully softball) camp from August 3-7 and a mixed baseball and basketball camp August 10-14. Here’s an update from “Jeff”:
The team is also seeing an increase in spiritual interest due to the pandemic!
Our team met Se Yu, an Athletes in Action staff member in Southeast Asia, on a combined AIA-CEI project a few years back. When the world opens back up, we would love to send coaches to help him. In the meantime, pray for Se Yu and his team of volunteers as they coach and reach out to sports academies. Pray for creativity as they connect and disciple online in a country where the internet is sporadic, at best.
They also have some great news, as a young lady named Lisu is planning to join AIA staff with them. She has been volunteering and has a passion to disciple female athletes. Lisu has experienced many roadblocks to joining ministry--her family wanted her to stay with her training as a beautician and she had to wait a long time for approval from her church. Despite the setbacks, she persisted and has been accepted to attend staff training. Pray for God's provision as Lisu develops her ministry team.
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