Dave and Connie Deal, Athletes in Action
Continuing with the theme of partnering with churches, Dave will head to Amsterdam June 27-July 5 to both observe and facilitate how the AIA Netherlands ministry there is helping build spiritual movements through sports in partnership with the local church. Our desire is to see how this model can then be applied in East Asia by AIA Staff there. As our AIA Asian staff would say, “We are too much excited” to see how God will use AIA Church Sports training to broaden His Kingdom around the globe!
Worldwide Challenge magazine recently featured AIA’s World Cup ministry that took place in Brazil last summer. Here are some of the measurables…
66 AIA Church Fan Zones sponsored by 351 churches, attended by 54,288 people in 10 cities, and 2639 AIA volunteers trained! As you know, Brazil will also host the 2016 Summer Olympics. But our great desire is to see churches throughout Brazil with sustainable sports ministries after the athletes and crowds all go home. Please pray for Brazil from 2016 and beyond!
In July, we will head to Fort Collins, CO, as a family for Cru’s biannual US Staff Conference. We look forward to this conference as a chance to connect with our fellow staff as well as to hear from speakers such as Francis Chan, John Perkins, Christena Cleveland and others. Please pray for safety as we travel… both for Dave as well as for our family this summer.