At YFC we predominantly interact with unchurched students, but occasionally we get the opportunity to work with students who attend church, but haven’t been able to get connected there. One such student I met at my local church, Dan.
I invited Dan to come out to our soccer ministry and he decided to come even though he hadn’t really played before. Initially his intent in coming was to learn a little more about soccer and run around, but it became so much more than that. Starting out he was not great at soccer and did not feel comfortable learning to play. As he continued to attend he began to feel more at ease and his skills improved. But not only did he feel more comfortable in the sport, he felt more comfortable with our staff and volunteers and began to open up to us and let us know what was going on in his life. When Dan first attended soccer he didn’t have a sense of belonging and had struggles in his personal walk with the Lord. Soccer provided an outlet for him to connect with others and a place where he could comfortably share his faith with peers.
As soccer finished up this past spring he informed me that he was hoping to spend the summer working at a Christian camp in the Adirondacks and asked if I could be a reference. He ended up getting the job and spent this past summer ministering and being ministered to at camp. My prayer for Dan this summer has been that he will come back with a new desire to share what he has learned and that he will want to be a leader in the ministry and share his love of Christ with the non-Christian students that come. Soccer begins in just a couple of week and I am excited to see what the Lord did in his life this summer.
*Names have been changed