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God-Faith & Sport to unite.
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HARGROVE FAMILY PICTURES IN CALIFORNIA
Hargrove’s at “The Getty”
COAST TO COST CALI-TO JERSEY TO BE THE MAIN SPEAKER AT BETHANY YOUTH RETREAT
6 MESSAGES ON FULFILLING YOUR PURPOSE IN YOUR GENERATION
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Prayer and Community at Bethany Youth Retreat
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Sorry it is side ways…you will just have to turn your head or the computer. I wanted the wreath and nothing else in the shot and thought I could flip up on the computer but I was wrong and it’s funny to me to make you turn your head. lol
Merry Christmas. May Jesus Birth be a gift that you bring into someone elses life this season.
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Discerning the Seasons in our Country.
Here is the middle of an interview reaction to our The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center experience in Cincinnati that I forgot to push the write button on to record.
River Between Kentucky and Ohio Slavery and Freedom during the Underground Railroad in America
Joshua 24:15 “…But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
It was great for my family to finally meet some of the Athletes in Action families that have been pouring into my life. I have known the Lester’s (Jason, Debra, Noah, Elijah and Jonah) for 3 years, I coached with Jason in the Texas Collegiate League in 06 & 07, lived with them and he helped me get on Staff. I have been living with and getting to know the Uszynski’s (Ed, Amy, Eric, Maria and Jack) a wonderful family who let’s me live life with them. Both Families have been key in my awesome experience with AIA and I was greatful that my parents got to meet them and they got to meet my parents.
Visit to California for a wedding
After my parents visit I flew to California for Quinn and Katie Webb’s wedding (Quinn on right). An amazing time and beautiful wedding in Southern California. I forgot my camera for the actual wedding so I have some great mental pictures 🙂 Sorry for you romantics but all you guys can appreciate the amazing paintball tournament we had for the bachelor party!
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A recent trip to Orlando also led me to Southeastern University Baseball team in Lakeland, Florida. Southeastern has some awesome young men as I got to workout with them, speak about the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-28 and challenged them to use their Athletic influence for Jesus Christ on their campus, in the community, to their opponents and their fans. I was also able to meet with their athletic director and my old baseball coach at Nyack to establish an Athletes in Action SportLinc relationship where we empower them even more and add to what the Holy Spirit is doing in their already flourishing Athletic Department.
Scott Mottice has been Athletes in Action Staff at University of Wisconsin for 17 years and will be the new director and my boss of Sportlinc in January when he moves from Wisconsin to Ohio. Scott and I flew to Orlando for two days of stealing knowledge from Gilbert and his team who coach college and high school students all across the country with Campus Crusade for Christ. It was extremely helpful for Scott and I and our Sportlinc Team.
It was great to spend time and interact with Dan and his wife Melissa in Lakeland, Florida. They were the very first of many teammates to join our team. Without people like Dan and Melissa millions of lives wouldn’t be touched. Thank you Dan and Melissa and thank you to all of you who pray, encourage and support me financially here at Athletes in Action! I love you all!
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Joshua 1:9 says, “ I command you-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
AN Acronym for FEAR
Screams of Joy at 9,000 FT.
Kip my Tandem Instructor and my soft landing
Taylor, Jonny Picard, Robert Tringale “Cookie” my Nyack College Friends
Back from Africa Newsletter “Becoming Less”
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Scroll down to see added videos to old blogs. IMPORTANT go to “AIA Basketball” page to the right to see videos and see staff leaders from South Africa and Mozambique. Also if you feel led to support them financially, get their newsletters feel free to contact them as I put donation information and emails next to their name. Staff in other countries have a very hard time raising support even though the cost of living might be less than in America. I pray the Spirit may lead you to continue to invest in these countries in prayer, resources and finances. Maybe God might call some of you to visit, especially because they need help for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.
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For more videos and inspiritational stories of the olympics go here which was the website of the bracelts we handed out to everyone.
Click abouve to see many pictures uploaded to a website thanks to our friend Marshall living in Maputo. He was an instrumental part of some of the contacts with teams we played.
If you are familiar with the story of Caleb and Joshua in the Bible you might understand that we faced this story in many ways. Caleb and Joshua were the two spies that had faith out of the twelve sent to check out the “promised land” as the Israelites were coming out of their long testing in the desert. They saw the land and the Giants of the land and believed that through God they could take the land. Well there are many giants in Mozambique. Campus Crusade has infact labeled their vision “The Caleb Project” (hopefully I can share with you at another time). The giants include the HIV or Aids virus which is prominent amongst the country. extreme poverty, crime, orhpans and many more. We were confronted this situation and have been sent by God and prayerfully covered by you and thousands of others joined in prayer throughout Mozambique and South Africa to offer hope and make a difference.
Our first with the flood of media we said that we believe one of the solutions to these giants is empowering the athletes in the country particularly the basketball players to use their influence for Jesus Christ and to pour back into the communties. This was a well received and new concept. The teams we have played against have accepted our challenge to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and use their talents and other talents to pour back into this awesome country.
With an exception of playing the three time defending national champs we have done very well on the court and we are probably only a Div II skill level basketball team. However our clinics and game play has provided a platform of love and truth to challenge the people of Maputo and Matula in Mozambique to seek God to overcome many of these Giants in the Land. There city is so run down and humbled that they are in a great position to receive the truth and transformation that Jesus can bring to a community and a country.
As a team we did face the Giants of Mozambique at the “Basket Show”. Let me describe this crazy Mozambique thing. A basket show is like a glorified high school dance with basketball in the center. There were 5-6,000 fans and over 3-4 million viewers live on national television. There were about 5-6 games that went only 2 quarters of competition, then a halftime dance group would perform and then the teams would split up and play against each other for the 3rd and final quarter. It was extreme chaos! Well we didn’t shoot well and got worked the first quarter then we had the post 1st quarter show at half court and we taught 5,000 fans to sing a Zulu worship song that we learned in South Africa and they sang it with us. They went nuts! So God is very creative. After the game we were able to share with the Mozambique National team and challenge them with a relationship with Jesus Christ and to use the influence to transform the community.
Check out the crowd going nuts as their national team takes an early lead
Our NJalo Worship Song
….fastforwarding like 4 days. The last night we were exhausted, played on dangerous conditions in the ghetto of matula, with bad refs, none of us wanted to share anything after the game and go home. But we were encouraged as our Mozambique hosts and AIA volunteers picked up the slack and ministered powerfully to their fellow citizens. We saw that God has now empowered them to do the work, they must needed to see from us how to do it. Please keep them in prayer as their are about 100 people for them to follow up with.
Larry’s Commentary before the game of the Matula Court and Conditions