Ever since being called into the service of our Lord full-time with FCA in February 2016, there has been a longing in my spirit to be “sent out” as Paul and Barnabas were in Acts 13:3. The situation for me, however, is that I live in North Carolina and am relocating back to my home area and my home church in Massachusetts after being away for four years. Until we sell our home in NC and are able to fully transition back to MA, I will be traveling back and forth between the two states. This means that I am also going between two churches. The church that my wife and I were called to help plant in NC and our home church in MA. For the past three months I have been wondering who would send me out. Every time I walked into either church there was this deep longing to be prayed over, but there was also a reservation to ask for some reason.
Well, on April 18th I traveled to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes headquarters in Kansas City, MO for fund-raising training. What a wonderful experience being able to see the headquarters, meet some of the national and international leadership and just have fellowship with others in my position who have recently answered the call to join the mission field.
The training was fantastic and the Lord really spoke to me regarding where I should cast my nets and what my focus should be. It has only been a week and a half since my training and the experience is bearing fruit already. I am very grateful to have participated in the training.
The journey of answering God’s call over the last seven months has been an amazing lesson in God’s faithfulness. After 30 years in IT He moved me out of my “bread and butter” career that has always produced a solid income for the family and He told me He wanted me to serve Him through FCA. The challenge was that He promised me nothing other than the promise of His faithfulness. When Kristie and I received the offer letter from FCA our immediate reaction was, “this is impossible!” Yet, we knew He was asking us to trust Him with everything we had. Ever since accepting this role on February 4th, 2016, I have had the pleasure of just sitting in the midst of God’s providence watching Him put this puzzle together piece by piece and it is with the utmost faith in His faithfulness that I have no doubt He is going to do a mighty work in Massachusetts through FCA.
So, here I was in Kansas City receiving excellent and necessary training. It was all very practical and made perfect sense. I was very excited about what I was learning but there was still that one element missing that left me yearning for this call to be made complete. In my heart, I kept reflecting upon the fact that I am about to take my family onto the spiritual battlefield in Massachusetts and I know that the enemy is not going to be happy with me. In order for me to lead my family effectively and with wisdom I knew I needed to be sent out with an anointing of the Holy Spirit to lead my family into the ensuing ministry.
Throughout the training I sat at a single table of five people and interacted with only a few others throughout my time there. After two days of training we started wrapping up the last session and the instructor told each table to pray for each other and to close out the day so that those who need to catch their airport shuttle could. Then this one gentlemen, Carl, stood up and said “I just feel like the Holy Spirit is telling me to do this, so I have to do it”. Carl walked to the front of the room and told the class that he feels like the Holy Spirit is telling him that we need to pray for Dan. My eyes shot wide open and he called me to the front of the room. Twenty-four people gathered around me, all connected by laying on of hands, and started praying over and for me. All praying individually but in concert with one another. A gasp of air came out of me as they started praying and my shoulders dropped releasing me from my yearning and I was being filled, anointed and sent out by my brothers and sisters in Christ. It could not have been orchestrated any better.
All of this is to remind you that God knows the desires of our heart. The question is, are we willing to trust Him enough to let Him fulfill that desire in His perfect timing?
I have been called and sent out to bring this outreach to Massachusetts and God will be faithful in every aspect to complete the good work that He started.
John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done to you.
Philippians 4:6-7 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The interest in the outreach and the support of so many already is truly humbling. It is an absolute honor and privilege to serve the One who saves. While sport may be the powerful dynamic FCA uses to speak into people’s lives, the purpose and intent is to increase the Kingdom to the glory of our Father in heaven as much as possible before He comes back for His children.
And all God’s people said? …”Amen!”
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
More information can be found at FCA.org.