How God used a broken down bus for His glory

Date posted: 19/10/17




Welcome to our new Internship blog. Each month a different Intern will be sharing something of what they’re up to where God has placed them. October’s entry sees Vusa Mtunzi get the ball rolling...

Change is a regular feature of all our lives. Whether it's the change in the weather, a change in occupation, or moving house, change always requires an element of adjustment. I have certainly had to adjust since moving out to Jersey, an island 19 miles off the French coast!

One significant challenge for me has been joining a new rugby team – Jersey Athletic. Not only is it predominantly made up of locals, but by competing in the Zoo Sports Shield Division 1, Athletic represent a notable step up in playing standard from my previous rugby.

The Internship blogTo be honest, I had several concerns before joining: “Will they think I'm crazy because I'm a Christian?”, “I am quite small in size, will they rate me as a player?”, “Will I fit in well into a local team?”.

Consequently, at my first training session, I put a sizeable amount of pressure on myself to perform. This brought with it the danger of putting my identity in my sporting ability, not in Christ. Yet, despite all my concerns and fears, I made it into the Saturday squad after one training session.

Jersey being an island means we have to fly to every away game (another adjustment!). My first match was against Blackheath in South East London. So, after just one week of Jersey life, I found myself back in London. I had to bite the bullet with the 6am meet at the airport, but if anything, that provided more of a desire to return home with a win. Sadly, we lost 27-14 and to add insult to injury, our bus back to Gatwick Airport broke down.

Prior to Saturday, I had prayed for opportunities to get to know my teammates better and to rekindle the camaraderie I was so used to in rugby. The broken down bus provided such opportunities.

Soon after returning to the clubhouse, I had some of my teammates asking what I was doing on the island, what Christians in Sport was all about and grilling me about my faith. It was great. I was reminded of Romans 8 v 28 (NIV) – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.

God can create great situations out of anything, even a broken down bus. Instead of thinking about my own convenience, there were people who needed to hear about Jesus. God loved them as well.

The Internship blog"Audience of One", a favourite motto of Christians in Sport, has been very helpful since joining Jersey Athletic. Being in an environment where players are either on the cusp of playing Championship rugby, or have played rugby to a high level in the past does up your game. Yet, remembering that ultimately I should play for God is so important. It’s only His opinion that really matters. Whether we win or lose, I look to represent God in my attitude on and off the pitch.

Of course, my natural competitiveness means this is often easier said than done, but I thank Jesus for His sacrifice and for wiping the slate clean for me every single time I step out of line - "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more" (Hebrews 10 v 17 NIV).

As relationships with my teammates and the coaching staff begin to develop, my prayer for the coming year is for God to create opportunities for me to share my faith and show them what I'm about. I pray that I will seek God through both the good and bad times and consciously look to serve him through the way I train, as well as the way I play.

There are several lads who have either expressed contempt at discussing Christianity or directly asked questions about my faith. I do pray for more opportunities to share my faith with them moving forward.

There is a long season ahead and I will continue to feel apprehensive, experience resistance to the gospel and have days to forget. But for as long as I know the Lord Jesus Christ, all this will be something that I can overcome in His strength.

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