I’m not too sure how united I am with the direction our country is headed. Immorality, separation of state from church (not church and state or church from state, lol), and so many other things just seem to be going downhill these days. In the past few years I have teamed up with the http://www.aia.com ministry on a united front to share the testimonies of athletes and military individuals in an effort to reach the lives of those that do not yet know the Lord. I’ve helped out with the sites at http://www.unitedpassion.com and with testimonial brochures for various athletic events. This year is the second year I have helped Texas A&M University’s AIA ministry (led by Jim Roselius) out with sets of testimonial sports cards, posters and a football brochure.
I was talking to Jim this morning on the phone about the direction God is giving me with the work that I do. As you have noticed in last week’s blogs, I have been a little down and out at times. Jim prayed for me over the phone and reminded me of last year’s outreach, which led 11 people to Christ. He then continued to inform me that this year’s outreach helped lead 12 to Christ so far. Some people have attacked me in the past, trying to inform me that these efforts might not bring the ministry results that other services could. It’s funny how some people out there just have nothing good to say, and even the negative things they do share end up amounting to a hill of beans.
The design of the cards isn’t what led these people to the Lord. It’s the testimonies on the back. It’s amazing to me that the sports photos that might intrigue our culture on the front of the cards pale in comparison to the power of these lives on the flipside. Thanks to God that I am able to be a part of this outreach – and to these military and athletic individuals for sharing their lives like this! Feel free to check out the cards from the past two years at http://www.taviano.com/tamu and http://www.taviano.com/tamu/2006. You can also read more of their AIA ministry at http://cru.tamu.edu.