"ONE!" Was the rallying cry of Filipino and American FCA staff during the recent trip to Manila and Boracay Philippines. The 2017 camp theme resonated with all of these team mates as they gathered together from the 18-26 of January for the first Manila Sports Camp and then the FCA Philippines Summitt. As FCA Philippines Metro Manila area director Jo-Jo Villa put it, "Continents apart, but with ONE God, ONE faith, ONE spirit ONE savior."
For the third consecutive year, a team of staff from the Rocky Mountain Region made the trek to the South Pacific to encourage and support the FCA staff and ministry, which is growing and having tremendous impact in this part of the world. The purpose of this particular trip was multifaceted, and was broken into two separate teams for the first portion of the trip and reunited for the second week of ministry. The first team, made up of FCA International Director Dan Britton, Rocky Mountain Regional Vice President Mike Sanfrantello and Regional International Coordinator Aaron Frude, spent time in Melbourne and Perth Australia networking and building relationships with pastors, coaches, athletes and individuals with hearts for sports ministry. Their goal was to help cast vision, provide resources and unite a group of Australian believers to effectively use the platform of sport to further the message of the gospel in this large country. There is lots of ground to cover, both geographically and organizationally, and will require a lot of prayer, but there is progress being made.
While this team was still in Australia, 4 more FCA staff from the Rocky Mountain Region, John Adam, Tom Dorman and Lindsay Waggoner, all from Colorado, and Stacy Frude from Wyoming, convened in Metro Manila to participate in the first Metro Manila FCA Sports Camp. In partnership with several local churches and evangelical evangelistic ministries, the Manila FCA organized a first class event, which hosted over 400 campers who participated in one of seven sports offered at the camp, heard compelling and vivid gospel presentations and participated in small group (huddle) Bible study/discussions to help process the message they were hearing, some for the first time. While the American team helped provide coaching and support to the huddles, they had lots of opportunities to observe, learn and be humbled by the way the different ministries partnered together for the common goal of sharing the gospel with the youth in this area of the city. It was a successful event because of God's blessing and provision, as well as their humble collaboration with one another for a unified goal of impacting their city for God, which they did!
Following camp, both American FCA teams met on the beautiful resort island of Boracay with the 32 FCA Philippines staff and volunteers, as well as 21 of their spouses, for a time of training, encouragement, vision casting, ministry planning and fellowship. While the FC Philippines summit takes place every year in a different location in the Philippines, this particular trip was unique in the inclusion of the spouses, as well as the exotic location, which was a strategic move to help build and encourage the marriages within the FCA Philippines staff. Based on feedback so far, this seems to have been accomplished. Many wives gained an understanding of the FCA ministry for the first time, as well as a sense of how they could be involved in supporting their husbands in the ministry. This trip also produced a sense of unity and family as everyone laughed, cried, prayed and worshiped hard together! Overall, on many different levels, this trip was a fruitful investment of time and resources. Thank you for everyone who prayed and made it possible!
Posted on Wed, March 22, 2017
by Stacy Frude