Thank you for checking into my first blog post of the year! I am incredibly excited to share with you all about what is going on in my life throughout this upcoming year! As this is my first blog post ever, I will attempt to define what each post will look like and how I will be using this space to connect with all of my friends, family, and ministry partners!
First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has been supporting me throughout this new chapter in my life! As many of you know, I am in a season of support raising for the coming Fall semester at the University of California Berkeley, where I will be working with a ministry called Athletes in Action. Athletes in Action is a parachurch organization that focuses specifically on athletes, in my case student athletes, and seeks to see a believer of Christ on every sport, every team, in every nation.
For those of you who don’t know, I recently earned my Bachelor of Arts in History at Cal this past May, and competed on the D1 Men’s Rowing team while there. During my time I competed with some of the best athletes and coaches in the world, and was a part of the National Championship team in 2016. During my time at Cal, I was introduced to Athletes in Action as a freshman and it immediately became my home base, my community, and the most influential part of my college career. During my time as a student athlete, I found myself searching for community, my identity, and what I valued. The rigors of rowing and school made all of this much more challenging than I anticipated, and I found myself rather lost at the end of my freshman year. Athletes in Action became the community I was searching for, and the people there helped me grow as a person, not just as an athlete or a student. AIA became my community where I could explore and grow in my faith as well. And now four years later I am so excited to be able to give back to AIA at Cal, and serve the student athletes there just like AIA served me.
This past month has been incredibly hectic, challenging, and rewarding. As my time at Cal came to a rapid close in mid May, I had time in the beginning of June to relax and unwind with friends and family back in New Jersey. That time of relaxation was relatively short lived though, and I was back to work June 7! I reported for training for AIA in Xenia, OH, where I met my fellow co-workers who were just beginning work with AIA like me! I was so inspired and humbled by their stories and callings to serve with AIA. During this weekend we learned the skills necessary to raise support and how to develop a ministry partnership team. The training only lasted three days, which meant there was a ton of information crammed into the time I spent there!
Since then, I have been developing relationships with my ministry partnership team, and sharing my calling and vision with as many people as I possibly can. The process of calling and emailing can be arduous, and sometimes it goes one call at a time, but is incredibly rewarding because I have the opportunity to share what I love doing. I am still in the process of building my ministry partnership team, and am inching closer to my financial goal! I am closing on that goal, and hope I am fully funded by August 7 so that I can report to Berkeley before school starts! I am learning a lot about myself, my faith, and how to communicate with others much more effectively. I am so thankful for everyone supporting me through prayer, emotionally, and financially. Thank you for continuing to make this an unforgettable process for me and thank you for your continued support!