Mexico Day 7: A reflection on our time in Puebla

Recuerda: si lo amas, todo es para bien

No es tan sencillo recorder eso y aplicarlo en nuestra vida cuando nos encontramos en aprietos, cuando estamos en una situacion incomoda o mas especificamente cuando el dolor sobrepasa nuestros prensamientos y emociones.

Hoy al despertar leia en mi cellular una noticia que advertia un alto  indice de contaminacion en Puebla. Eso me preocupo un poco por la salud de las chicas pues la noche anterior varias de ellas tenian algun sintoma de alergia, preocpada por que eso agrabara su condicion. Sin embargo fueron escuchadas nuestras oraciones y respondidas major que un correo electronico: en el desayuno y tiempo devocional las veia fortalecidas, descansadas y llenas de gozo ignorando la noticia que yo habia leido antes de salir del cuarto. Una vez mas nuestro Dios se mostraba como Padre cuidando a sus hijas amadas.

Pocas horas mas tarde, ya en nuestro segundo juego quedamos un poco sorprendidas por las nuevas circunstancias. En esta ocacion jugariamos en un campo de pasto sintetico con no muy buen estado, las dimenciones eran distintas y las porterias muy pequenas que incluso eso nos causaba risa. Sin embargo Saul como nuestro coach nos ayudo a ver estas nuevas circunstancias no como una incomodidad o distraccion sino como una oportunidad m[as para jugar y divertirnos y sobre todo enfocarnos en mostras a Dios en nosotras a traves del juego. Y nos leyo lo siguiente:

Y sabemos que a los que aman a Dios, todas las cosas les ayudan a bien, esto es, a los que conforme a su proposito son llamados. Ro 8:28

Asi que nos enfocamos en eso y empezo el juego. Notamos mejorias en comparacion con al juego anterior, en cuanto al orden y control del balon. Sin embargo, a los pocos minutos del primer tiempo Laura Douglas (AEA Colombia) se lesiona la misma rodilla que aos atras se habia lesionado y de lo cual nos contaba ayer en su historia. Mientras que atendian a La fuera de la cancha, el resto del equipo dolido en el corazon por la situacion, nos unimos en oracion junto con el equipo contrario uniendonos con brazos entrelazados como si fuera un solo equipo en el campo, mi piel se erizaba de pensar en como esta terrible situacion reflejaba el amor de Dios y poder ser parte de este testimonio.

Despues de eso siguio el juego y como resultado ganamos 2-1 (Heather en el primer tiempo y Amanda en el Segundo tiempo). Sin embargo eso no fue todo lo relevante del dia. Hemos estado experiementando las diversas formas en que Dios nos muestra su character y su amor. En estos dias hemos estado recordando nuestras propias historias, preparandonos para compartirlas con los equipos que enfrentamos. Hoy Janae compartio su historia mientras que Heather cerro con el mensaje de salvacion. Despues de eso muchas chicas se acercaron a platicar, sacarse la foto y les preguntabamos su opinion respect a lo que escucharon, por lo que varias de nosotras tuvimos la oportunidad de Volver a compartir el mensaje de salvacion de manera personal. No cabe duda que el dia se Cierra con un sinumero de emociones encontradas.

Finalemte para cuando ya habiamos terminado de pasar un hermoso tiempo de companerismo durante la comida, concluimos entre tantas cosa, llenos de emociones reconociendo como Dios dispone las cosas para bien de quienes lo aman. Y en 1Co12:12-31 leimos nuestro reflejo (como en un espejo), de como en este proyecto Dios se glorifica en cada una de nuestras circunstancias y ya no solo como un equipo sino como una familia con distintos dones pero un mismo Padre.

– Written by Dexi (AIA Staff, Queretaro, Mexico)

 

Remember: if you love God, everything works out for your good

It is not so simple to remember that and apply it in our life when we are in trouble, or when we are in an uncomfortable situation, or when our pain experienced exceeds our thoughts and emotions.

Today, when I woke up, I read on my cell phone a piece of news that warned of a high air contamination index in Puebla. That worried me a little for the health of the team because the previous night, several of them had allergy symptoms, and the high air contamination would worsen their condition. However, our prayers were answered and answered better than an email: at breakfast and devotional time I saw them strengthened, rested and full of joy; ignoring the news that I had read before leaving the room. Once again, our God showed himself as the Father taking care of his beloved daughters.

A few hours later, already in our second game we were a little surprised by the new circumstances. During this game, we were playing on turf that was not in good condition, the field size was different and the nets very small, so even that made us laugh. However, Saul as our coach helped us see these new circumstances not as discomfort or distraction but as an opportunity to play and have fun and to especially focus on showing God through us during the game. He read us the following to us:

And we know God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28

That was our focal point as the game started. We noticed improvements in comparison to our previous game, in terms of the defensive order and ball control. However, within the first few minutes of the first half, Laura Douglas (AIA Colombia) injured her knee -the same knee that had previously had a significant knee injury. While attending to Laura off the field, the rest of the team was clearly down in spirits by the situation. So we gathered in prayer along with the opposing team joining with arms entwined as if we were a single team in the field. My skin bristled at the thought of how this terrible situation reflected the love of God and to be part of this testimony.

After that followed the game and as a result we won 2-1 (Heather scored in the first half and Amanda in the second half). However, that was not the most relevant part of the day. We have been experiencing the many ways in which God shows us His character and His love. In these days we have been remembering our own stories, preparing to share them with the teams we face. Today Janae shared her story while Heather closed with the message of salvation. After that many girls came to talk, and we asked their opinion regarding what they heard. Several of us had the opportunity to re-share the message of salvation in a personal way. There was no doubt that the day closed with mixed emotions.

Finally, when we had finished having a beautiful time of fellowship during the meal, we concluded among many things, full of emotions recognizing how God arranges things for the good of those who love him. And in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 we read our reflection (as in a mirror), how in this project God is glorified in each of our circumstances and not only as a team but as a family with different gifts but one Father.

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Heather Stevenson
Heather Stevenson has been working for Athletes in Action for the last 7 years. Although her main focus with AIA has been her involvement with the Soccer and Campus divisions, she finds great joy in capturing stories through writing. Whether she's serving internationally, working with kids at camp, teaching English, or working with university students she is passionate about bringing her experiences and the ministry of others' to life.

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