My name is Chip Huber and am just finishing my first year serving in the Spiritual Formation office at CU...I also happen to be a long-time coach, athlete (a loose term!) and lover of the game of basketball...one of my family's favorite memories of our first year here at CU has been attending home basketball games...and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to travel with other folks from the CU basketball community on this mission trip experience...
I am particularly excited about this specific trip because I had the chance to travel with the CU guys soccer team to this location this past January...we loved getting to know the community and parntering with the ministry work being done here by some amazing Dominican followers of Jesus...we continue to get excited about building a potential long term relationship between the CU athletic teams and the work and partners God has set in place in this beautiful community...
As we head off to the Dominican Republic in a few hours, here's a prayer update I want to offer to you...we covet your prayers as we seek to have a transformational life experience together as a team and with the people in the DR...I'll be blogging from the DR several times over the next week on this website and will get some help from the guys in sharing stories and experiences from our trip...…here are ten specific prayer ways you can pray for us:
1.Safety and health in our travels around the DR over the next 7 days
2.A good working out of schedule and administrative details as we attempt to see and be part of many different experiences in a short time period
3.Ability to connect with and love and learn from our Dominican brothers and sisters
4.The continued impact of the Christian school which is being used by hundreds and hundreds of students in this community, and the physical strength to help in the further expansion of this school to serve the needs of a growing child population...pray for our chance to help serve the school by doing basketball clinics for children and those coaching them
5.A deep sense of community and growth in our team as we seek to discuss and mull over the experiences and resulting questions we will encounter...we are excited to build deeper friendships with each other and use our athletic gifts in basketball as a ministry and witness tool
6.The chance to talk to others about Jesus and all He has done for us! We are particularly excited about the chance to talk about our faith in Christ this coming weekend in some high profile games we will be playing against local basketball teams here in the DR...
7.A fresh vision for future projects and personal involvement in the work God is doing in the DR and other nations around the world
8.A greater love for Christ and a heart that beats and cares for and loves the poor and oppressed and sick people in our world
9.Opportunities to pray for/with and encourage believers and the local body of Christ in the DR as they share the Gospel in word and deed with the children and adults of their communities
10.Ability to hear and receive stories and learnings that we can then take and use as powerful resources in being advocates and leaders when we return home
We can’t wait to return and give you the stories of our trip along with some photos and videos we will have taken…once again, thank you for being part of this Kingdom venture…your overwhelming generosity and partnership is truly a remarkable blessing in our lives…We thank God for your friendship, gifts of love, and your prayers…
Together in His Work and for the 2010 Basketball Missions Crew,
Dean of Student Engagement at Cornerstone University