Humbling Oneself...Preparing for Ministry
Fun, food, and fellowship were followed by a time of focusing on the mission before us and how each of us can be better prepared for ministry. Betty spoke of the acolades that the basketball teams received this year and how that exposure shown a spotlight on each athlete, putting them on a pedestal. Then, she shared several verses from Act 21: "I served the Lord with great humility and with tears...if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." There will certainly be humbling moments on this trip as well as times where tears are a testimony to what is happening. Betty then asked the group to begin a journey of humility now, setting aside those personal acolades and focusing on the ministry opportunity before us, quoting 1 Timothy: "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." Each member found a place in Betty's living room and kneeled as Betty led in prayer.
Before leaving, each team member received an allocation of supplies for the trip...mostly things that will be left behind in Venezuela. After taking care of a few administrative details, the group headed back to campus to finish up the academic portion of the semester.
The next time that Belmont's sports evangelism team meets as a group, it will be at the American Airlines counter at Nashville International Airport. Finals will be over, graduation day will be history, and a 4:00 AM alarm clock will signal the start of this year's travel schedule.