Posted by: JSR | October 22, 2015

Beginning to Present, Full Circle

As many of you know I have been working with Ambassadors Football for the last year and a half to help a build football training facility, here in Haiti.  They very generously paid for me to travel to Cleveland, Ohio October 1st -11th, to attend their biennial International Leadership conference.  The conference was great and I got to meet leaders from over 25 different countries who are sharing Christ and equipping individuals through soccer.  I will be sharing more on this later, but I wanted to highlight a unique memory that came “full circle” for me on this trip.

13 years ago, I was coming out of a very rough patch of my life.  I did not have peace in my life.  I had a lot of questions, fears, and plenty of selfish desires.  I knew something had to change or I risked doing incredible harm to myself and others.  I decided to give my life to Christ, giving him permission to once again be Savior and Lord.   It was not an easy time as I had not yet found a church, nor did I have many christian friends to consult with.

I had been working in Commercial real estate in Gardena, CA.  Every day I would get up, put on the nicest suit (I only had one) and with false confidence I’d jump into my ’88 Honda accord (missing a side window) and head to work.   I would pass LAX, get on the 105 to the 110 to the 91 freeway making the drive about 25 minutes.  During my drive I would try to pray for glimmers of hope that God was aware of me and knew my struggles.   One morning I had the thought to look for and listen to a Christian radio station.  Scrolling through stations, I found this man with a Scottish accent preaching the word of God.  His name was Alistair Begg, his radio station ministry was Truth for Life ministries.  It quickly became my morning mentoring and routine.   I began to match up things I was reading or pondering to the truths he was preaching in his messages.  He was my first radio pastor.

Our conference was taking place at Parkside Church in Cleveland.  They have partnered over the years with Ambassadors Football.   We began with a time worship & teaching.  After worship I watched this man get up and ask us to open our bibles to I Thessalonians chapter 1.  The voice was oh so familiar and it took me back to my morning commute many years ago.  It was  Alistair Begg.  Our conference was being hosted by his church.  He loves soccer and supports the work of Ambassadors Football.  I realized that this moment was my “beginning” in the Lord as well as my “present”.  It had come full circle.

I love how God brings our lives together.  I am thankful for this mans faithfulness and his impact on my life in the beginning stages of my walk with Christ as well as my present.

I pray that our impact and legacy continues over the course of many years in other peoples lives!

.Alistar Begg 2

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