My ministry at Ateneo had its ups and downs. Our season ended with us finishing sixth out of eight teams. We had many close games where we lost by a few points. So that was a definite frustration as we had a solid team with amazing athletes. Over the year I was able to connect with many of the girls on not only their basketball skills but also their spiritual side as well. My role as a coach was to focus on the post players so I got to know two of the girls on the team very well, Mel and Zoe. Even though I am not at Ateneo now as the season is over but I am still involved. We have started a Monday basketball open gym followed with a Bible study with many of the players. Mel, Zoe and I try and get together once a week to hangout.
I joined a basketball team here and it has been a lot of fun. The league is called Maidens Hoops and it is with previous UAAP (the university league) players. A few players on the team were my teammates when I played at Ateneo. The sports world is a huge ministry here that needs God’s love. I’ve found that many girls on our team and teams we play against have a negative view of Christians for one reason or another. It’s crazy how God puts us in situations where we are unsure we want to be in but through that is when He uses us in ways we couldn’t have imagined. Some girls have reached out to me to ask why I’m not like the Christians they know. It’s opened up their heart to learn more about God. It’s a slow process but good things comes to those who are patient. I’m continuing to trust God in using me to share his love to them both on and off the court.
I’ve been unofficially involved in the athletics department at Faith while I was also working at Ateneo. It has been rewarding to be able to use what I’ve learned at Ateneo to help at Faith. Several students had asked if I would work with them on their basketball skills. Once a week I would work with several of them on their skills during their off season. I also would do strength and conditioning workouts with a few of them after school. I also started the Faith Athletics Instagram last school year and I loved using it to empower the students. Some struggle with academics but excel in athletics but see themselves as “dumb”. I never would have imagined the effect this would have on so many students. It has been a rewarding experience to give so many of them the encouragement and empowerment through recognizing them for their skills and talents outside the academic world.
Unfortunately there is still politics when it comes to Faith and my family. There is some admin who have planned out my life for me but that’s not where God has been directed me. So for now the door at Faith Academy is closed which breaks my heart but at the same time God has opened up more doors. Feel free to ask me any questions regard the issues at Faith:)
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God’s timing is perfect in every single way! I’ve been asked to join with CTI as the female coach. It’s an organization that uses sports to get into closed countries. I have the opportunity this next week to go to the Maldives and run their first ever all female basketball camp. I’m excited and nervous as it is a Muslim country and we can’t openly share about God. This will be the second time CTI has been asked to go to the Maldives even though they know it is a Christian organization. This will give us opportunities to make connections and Lord willing invite some of these young athletes to be apart of the summer basketball tour we will be hosting in the Philippines where we can openly share God’s word with them.
God has opened this door to CTI but I have been hesitant to walk through it but he keeps opening it even wider. I’ve decided to do the Maldives trip to see if this is where God wants me.