This summer, we hosted our second FCA Total Athlete Challenge. Over 60 current collegiate athletes joined us on UCLA’s campus for a week of physical training and spiritual nourishment. Physically, the athletes were pushed during double day workouts, team competitions, and, of course, an epic spike ball tournament. Spiritually, the athletes we encouraged and empowered in their identity in Christ and their calling as a leader on their campus.
I had the honor of serving as a huddle leader for these 8 women during their week at camp. We spent time studying Scripture, praying together, and learning how to live out of our identity as daughters of the King. One of the challenges repeatedly voiced by these girls was the difficulty of living their lives in a way that glorifies God when they might be the only Christian on their team, or even their immediate circle. They emphasized how refreshing and encouraging it was to spend a week with other collegiate athletes who are also chasing after Christ. It was such a blessing to be able to speak truth into these girls’ lives and affirm their identity and purpose. It is so evident that God has anointed these women and called each of them according to his plan. Please pray for these women as they continually strengthen their relationship with God and live in obedience to him!
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” -Colossians 1:9-14