Day Two- Today Was A Grind

Praise the Lord for a great and safe trip thus far. His hand has been evident in every step we have taken. The much anticipated arrival of Toba and Ben has occurred! After sleeping over night in the Charlotte airport and thus conquering his fear of airports, Toba and Ben made it to Barcelona this morning. Unfortunately, Coach K’s flight was delayed once again. Please pray for his safe and haste arrival.

This morning started very early for this Barcelona group. A savory 7am breakfast satisfied our needs. Breakfast was followed by an excellently teaching of “Principle 1” by Ryan Matthews. Principle 1 is titled ‘Audience of One’ and asks the question, who or what do you worship?

It was then out to the pitch for the gang. A fun ride on the metro ensued created for a nutritious lunch was served shortly thereafter. Once we got back to our Hostel, Suzy taught a heartfelt session on ‘Principle 2’. The final traing session of the day took place between metro rides and was quite taxing. A short, but excellent team time then set the mood for the evening. I was taken my Stanton’s ability to be vulnerable to the group, sharing his testimony, some tough challenges he’s had to face and how God has been so faithful despite those things.

Dinner was served from a variety of restaurants including America’s own McDonald’s. The final activity of the bustling and action packed day was an insightful lecture presented by Jared wellman titled on Principle 3 titled, ‘Holy Sweat, Holy Surrender’ . We walked through methods in growing in our fellowship with the Lord.

A special thanks to all who made this wonderful opportunity possible. Hopefully God will be able to use all of the seeds planted on this trip.Thank you very much for your prayers thus far, but please keep them up. God bless you!

Asa St. Lawrence

Maranantha Baptist University

Meet the Head Coach - Lynn Plett

We are honored to have Coach Lynn Plett joining us on our women’s basketball tour to Ethiopia this summer! He is also the most recent winner of the FCA Kay Yow “Heart of a Coach” award. More information below…

Lynn Plett came to the University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs two years ago and led the Mountain lions to their first RMAC championship and to the semifinals of the NCAA Div.II Regional Championship.  He has been coaching at the collegiate level for nearly forty years. His first head coaching position was as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Marymount College in Salina, Kansas. From there he moved to Huntington University in Indiana as the Head Men’s Coach.  Five years later he accepted the Athletic Director/Head Women’s Basketball Coach position at St. Joseph’s College in Indiana. After eight years at St. Joseph’s he moved to Lewis University in Illinois as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach and then to Missouri Western State University five years later.  Prior to coming to the University of Colorado @ Colorado Springs he was the Assistant Coach at Northern Kentucky University.

It is an honor to be asked by AIA to coach this basketball team as we travel to Ethiopia.  This will be my fourth trip overseas with a basketball team, the first being as a collegiate player when our team traveled to South Africa.  On each of these trips God has not only blessed our outreach efforts of sharing the “Good News” with the people of the country we visited, but He also brought about significant spiritual growth in the lives of each team member.  To once again be a part of such an experience and return again to Africa is something I look forward to with great expectations of seeing God’s hand work through His Spirit in the lives of the people we meet as well as within my own life.   

We've Arrived

Today was an incredible first start to our tour in Barcelona. We took off from JFK and landed in Barcelona around 730 AM. We immediately hopped on a bus and drove to our training facility where we had our first session of the tour. During the session the guys were able to get a good start by getting some quality touches and possession going to loosen up our legs. We bussed backed to our hostel where we checked in our luggage to our rooms and had a makeshift lunch of break, ham and cheese sandwiches. So far on this trip everybody has done a great job of being adaptable.

After about an hour we had to walk and take the metro back to our training facility for the second session. It took about 45 minutes to get there which was definitely a challenge considering the size of our group. Nonetheless, both teams showed a great effort and intensity at training which highlights the character of the players and staff that are on tour. Afterwards we took the metro back to the hotel and showered before grabbing dinner.

Praise God for travel mercies for both sets of flights that arrived safely in Barcelona from JFK. God was so good to provide our team with great hosts who were able to facilitate our travel to and from our training facility. Navigating our entire team through the metro was not an easy task but all our team members and equipment made it safely there and back.

Prayer requests for the remainder of the trip include our travel to and from training tomorrow as we have to travel via metro for both sessions. More importantly, we would like to pray for the remainder of our staff who is flying out to meet us later in the trip and that God would have his hand on their travels.

Grady H.


Summer camps change lives!

Meet the HS UTC Principle Speaker

Jeff’s Staff Role: Local Team Lead for Dallas Metro. Hub Campus is SMU (Southern Methodist University)

“My role with AIA is building community with staff, coaches and players to lead their respective teams in “win, build, send” spiritual movements that Glorify the Lord.”

Jeff’s UTC Role: Pre Camp Training and Principle Speaker

Jeff will be helping our staff cover the material to be shared with our HS UTC athletes during the camp. He will also unpack some of the principles for the athletes as we introduce them each day.

Why I am excited about the HS UTC?: “I Love summer camps and the role it plays in a students life. Praying God will reveal Himself to students through any of my interaction with students and staff.”

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Meet the Team - Hannah

Announcing Hannah Blakley, from IUEast! She will be joining us as a Guard on our Ethiopia tour very shortly. Read more about her below!

Name: Hannah Blakley

University: Indiana University East

Major: Nursing

Position: Shooting Guard

Favorite basketball player of all time: Klay Thompson or Michael Jordan

Favorite food: Potatoes because they are so versatile!!

What are you looking forward to for the AIA Ethiopia Tour? Serving others and telling them about the hope that comes through Jesus!!