Thursday, 31 March 2011

Money and Stability Didn´t Get Me Out of Bed in the Mornings


Abraham Crespo is one of our newest team members in Agape. He officially entered Agape at the beginning of the year with the Athletes in Action team and currently is doing a one-year internship in Malaga. he is from Barcelona and first connected with Athletes in Action last summer when he went to Ohio for an AIA Summer Project. We asked him to write a few lines to tell us more about his story and how he got to Málaga to share the gospel through the medium of sports:

"It all started 2 years ago in the summer of 2008. I had my first contact with Athletes in Action on the basketball courts in Frigiliana, Malaga. I was totally captivated by the vision of talking about my relationship with God using the medium of sports. Although I had already been a volunteer with Agape through Urban Constortium and had even initiated a sports project, seeing that there were others that had that same dream really motivated me.

That same year before the summer came, God was speaking to me about my life plans. I wasn´t really enjoying my job as an electrician working at a big international company. It was a good job with lots of independence but the money and the stability didn´t get me out of bed in the mornings. All of sudden, in true hippie spirit, I went to Madrid to talk to my boss to tell him that the money no longer attracted me and that God has new plans for me. His response was expected, "You are crazy. We are in the midst of an [economic] crisis."

So in pursuit of the campus, I left my job with the idea of entering the university as a sports major to be a committed Christian in the sports world. After paying my tuition in the summer, I showed up to start classes but to my surprise, because of the Bologna Process the entrance requirements had changed over the summer and I couldn´t access the major I wanted with the studies I had already done. Then I told myself, "You´ve really blown it now." I didn´t have a job and I couldn´t study either....but God´s plan was just about to unfold. There were 8 months of "why?"s where my interior was broken so that God could build me up from the inside out. ( "And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22)


So, at the end of this process, without a dime, I found myself in Ohio working at an Athletes in Action summer project where God confirmed this missionary calling."


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