In May, the Lord opened many doors for our SA team in Guatemala and El Salvador using sports to help churches reach the lost and encourage the believers. The following story is one example of what the LORD did.
One Saturday morning, we arrived at our Guatemalan leader’s church. We were introduced to a small man with a disabled arm name Miguel who is a pastor of a church inside the maximum security prison. Miguel had served nearly two decades for multiple murders. As he shared with us his story of salvation, the word that flooded my mind was…GRACE.
We accompanied Miguel to the maximum security prison just outside of Guatemala City. As we began the entering protocol, I noticed the passport bag felt lighter so I did a quick count. I was stunned to find two missing (one of which was mine). To be honest, I panicked because missing passports are not good when in a foreign country. To make a long story short, the passports were safe. However, John (a teammate) and I were not going to be able to enter the prison. For several hours while the team ministered inside the prison, John and I had a great time chatting and ministering to one another as well as passing out Gospel tracts to people visiting their incarcerated family members.
The team returned and excitedly shared of their ministry inside. They had shared testimonies, spent time encouraging the believers, worshiped with brothers in the prison church. They went to the yard and played basketball with the prison team and shared the Gospel.
After the team ministered, several prisoners who had left the church approached Miguel and expressed their desire to return and rededicate their lives to Jesus. Miguel and the pastors were excited at how sports could be used to help the church connect with other prisoners and engage in service those within the church who love to play basketball and soccer. They are open to some training and were already thinking of different ways to incorporate sports as part of the church’s ministry.
Please pray for Miguel and the church he serves!