What Do You Have in Your Hand?

Dec 16, 2015 | Sports Friends International, Sports Friends Perú, Sports Friends The Americas

By Brian Langley, SF Perú

A couple years ago, Sports Friends Perú organized a Basic Training near the capital city of Lima. At this particular training, a well-dressed young man named Eduardo arrived the day of the event. He hadn’t signed up in advance nor called to confirm. And yet here at our door was a pastor, 27 years old and a father of 3, who had traveled at least 24 hours by a combination of boat, motor-taxi, and bus to get trained in using sport as a platform for ministry in the Amazonas district of Perú.

Eduardo was recently in Lima again, this time in search of Bibles in the heart tongue of the dominant people group in his area of ministry – the Aguaruna, or Awajún people. After doing a little asking around, we reported back to Eduardo with the discouraging news that all of the Awajún language Bibles, originally translated and printed by Wycliffe ministries, had been distributed with no plan to print more.

Even if there were some Bibles in print, Eduardo explained to us softly, their ministry would need help to cover the cost as the church takes in only $10 a month in tithes.

“How do you ever support your family?” we asked earnestly, and a little naively.

“As an hourly laborer in the fields.”

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When God calls us to a task, we often feel inadequate. Especially when we take stock, humanly speaking, of the things we have “in our hands.”

In Exodus chapter 4, God challenged Moses by asking, “What do you have in your hand?” After replying to God, “my shepherd’s staff,” we see Moses’ faith journey on display. Moses struggled to believe that the simple wooden pole that he used for years in the field, with smooth indentations where his hands grasped it, had any use whatsoever to God’s great plan. Moses learned, as we must, that it is not our adequacy or material resources that advance God’s plans. Rather, it is God’s ability to use whatever it is we offer in faith, however small and insignificant we deem our resources to be.

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Eduardo has taken what he learned at the Basic Training and taught it to a group of young leaders whom he has been discipling. They make visits up river to the remote villages populated by the Awajún people.

Despite facing privations and hardships of many kinds, above all Eduardo asked for prayer. Prayer that he would stay strong in the ministry and that God would raise up more committed people, and for more training from Sports Friends.

Eduardo is ministering in an area of Perú literally on the outer edges of modern society. We are excited to hear how this young man is taking the tool of sports ministry into the hearts of the Awajún people.

For $75, you can train a coach like Eduardo to reach out to young people using the platform of sports. Learn more on the 2015 Coaches Campaign page on our website!

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