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ission  Athletes in Action - A Glimpse of Glory
 oment  February, 2019

Brian Firle with Athletes in Action (AIA) regularly submits a report of his activities and growth of his ministry within the Pro-Cycling world.  His latest report, "A Glimpse of Glory," contains a wonderful recounting of cycling with two of the pros he has been working with for several years. It provides firm evidence that Brian and the AIA team is making wonderful inroads within that arena.

Brian has started a blog that promises to be quite interesting. It is based on the past reports he has generated and should be very meaningful for anyone searching to better know our awesome God or to share with someone who may be just searching for God.  You can sign up for his blog at brianfirle.com.  The following is a portion of Brian's latest report.

If you want more information about Brian and AIA you can contact Bill Burris, Chapel liaison for AIA.


A Glimpse of Glory

Anyone living a missional life in Jesus, or really chasing any endeavor that has a deep and long-lasting meaning in life, takes time. I've previously shared how ministry is really about playing the "long game." Whether you are attempting to change the culture in your corporate work place or painstakingly praying for friends to come to church with you, it takes patience, seeing the big picture, and faith that God is working despite your utter failures. 

I was out riding last week with two guys whom I have spent loads of time discipling and encouraging in their faith. They are two pros that have really weathered the storm of professional sport and are somehow still in one piece, both physically and spiritually.

They were riding hard that day, much too hard for me as I only had a few weeks of consistent riding in my legs. But that day I was given a gift. Of course I hear their stories one-on-one and work with them through the majority of their big issues, but this was different. I sat behind both of them, like one sitting behind two thoroughbreds as I eavesdropped on their conversation. For over an hour, riding north out of Boulder, I listened to them recount their last year of racing and struggling to know God in the midst of it. Rarely do I get to hear athletes share their story to one another. Usually these conventions take place when I'm not around... on a team bus, training camp, or over a post-race meal. But for this hour I sat behind them in their draft, and listened to them explain all that God had done within them through the ups and downs of 2018. Both had sustained major injuries, both had started and stopped relationships with significant others, both had toed the line with the world's best and had come out the other side. From moments of complete despair, from moments of elation one receives upon crossing the finishing line first, they unpacked their last year before me. 

I was blown away. I sat behind them shaking my head with a smile from ear to ear as I listened to them encourage each other in all that God was accomplishing within them. Both of them had matured greatly in 2018, now seeing life from a higher perspective; not bogged down with the day-to-day funk, but seeing the forest through the trees; seeing God in the mundane and experiencing His presence. God was in our midst, in their midst, and I was a fly on the wall. Read more>>


      
ission  AIA "Tijuana House-Build" Undertaken
by Athletes
 oment  Posted November 29, 2018

In November of this year, Brian Firle with Athletes in Action led a group of 18 athletes on the group's annual excursion to Tijuana, Mexico, where they construct a house for a family of four.  Each year it is an emotional and rewarding time for those who participate in the project.  As you read Brian's report you'll get a sense of what the experience means to these athletes.

You'll also see that Brian and his group have begun reaching out to other competitive racing groups, adding to their success at spreading the work of God to athletes.

It is well worth the time to read Brian's report.  If you want to know more about this mission the Chapel supports, you can contact Bill Burris at 254-694-1853.  Bill is the Chapel liaison for AIA.



      
ission  Peace within Chaos: Thoughts about
Noise and Rest
 oment  October, 2018

Brian Firle's latest report from Athletes in Action is deeply thought-provoking as he shows that in the chaos of today's world one can still find rest amid the noise.

Brian works through Athletes in Action to spread the word of God to members of the Pro-Cycling arena.  White Bluff Chapel has been providing support for Brian for the past two and a half years. The growth and reach he has achieved have been chronicled in the reports he sends out regularly. For more information about Brian's ministry, contact Bill Burris.  Bill is the Chapel's liaison with Brian.

You can read Brian's report here.


      
ission  Who Is the God of Cycling?
 oment  August, 2018

Brian Firle is part of the Athletes in Action, AIA, team that is bringing the word of God to the Pro-Cycling arena.  They continue to make great gains in reaching these riders.  Brian, himself, is a professional rider and will be competing in the upcoming race in Colorado.

Brian always provides a detailed account of their actions and growth.  Please take some time to read his latest report, “Who is the God of Cycling?”  If you want to know more about this ministry you can contact Bill Burris.  Bill is the Chapel liaison for this ministry.



      
ission  Athletes in Action
Brian Firle's Latest Report
 oment  July, 2018

Brian Firle's latest report shows the growth that he and his team have made within the Pro-Cycling arena.  The months of June and July have had many races here in the USA.  During this time they had one of their largest gatherings of the athletes for a Chapel service and a sharing of their spiritual growth.

Bill Burris is the Chapel liaison for AIA.  If you would like more information about this mission that the Chapel supports, please contact Bill.

You can read Brian's report that includes his thoughts on Martha and Mary when Jesus was in their home.



      
ission  AIA Listening for God's Voice
 oment  June, 2018

Once again, Brian Firle with Athletes in Action (AIA) submits a report demonstrating the varied ways he has learned to reach the Pro-Cyclists he mentors on the pro circuit.  The US circuit is in full swing at this time of year and Brian manages to reach many cyclists during the racing season.

Firle's reports are always informative and thought-provoking.  Read his latest here.



      
ission  One Relationship at a Time
 oment  March, 2018

Brian Firle, with Athletes in Action, has penned a very thought-provoking paper that addresses the difference between today's world of relationships for a mission-oriented person and the way Jesus developed relationships with the people he met in His ministry.

Brian's ministry has been sponsored by the Chapel through the Global/National Mission committee the past two years.  His impact with the Pro-Cycling arena continues to grow.

In his article, Brian challenges us to analyze how we currently deal with our relationships and encourages us to seek a new way of moving forward: from the way the world commands us to live versus the way the Spirit invites us to do so.

Read Brian's article here.



      
ission  AIA's Brian Firle Provides Fascinating Insight
into His World
 oment  March, 2018

Brian Firle with Athletes in Action (AIA) continues to provide the Global/National Mission Committee and the Chapel with regular progress reports.  But while his newest report still touts the continued progress his mission is making, he uses a different format this time to treat us to a new insight of his, one revealed as he brings God's message to athletes in the Pro Cycling arena.

You will find Brian's progress report very interesting and thought provoking.



      
ission  Brian Firle, Athletes in Action Report
 oment  December, 2017

Brian Firle, through Athletes in Action, has been very instrumental in reaching out to the Pro Cycling community spreading God's word.  His scope of involvement continues to grow and he's making major inroads into this arena.  Brian is sponsored by the Chapel through the Global/National mission committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Brian is also very good at providing quality and regular updates to the mission committee.   Bill Burris is the Chapel liaison for Athletes in Action.

Brian has provided a video and report to better explain his activities in 2017 and documents the growth of his ministry.  It's a 14 minute video but well worth watching to better understand what he has accomplished.  There is also a summary report you can review.


      
ission  Brian Firle's Latest Tijuana Mission
 oment  November, 2017

Each year Brian Firle, with Athletes in Action, arranges a mission trip to Tijuana to help families in need of new or updated housing.  Athletes from various fields look forward to joining Brian in support of this mission effort.

Brian's ministry is sponsored by the Chapel through the Global/National mission committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Bill Burris is the Chapel liaison for this ministry.  If you would like more information about Brian's ministry, you can contact Bill.

You can view Brian's report of his latest mission trip to Mexico.



      
ission  AIA Mexico Mission Trip
 oment  October, 2017

Each year Brian Firle hosts a mission trip to Mexico to help rebuild or build a home for a family in need.  Brian works through Athletes in Action and the Chapel is one of his sponsors.  The sponsorship is through the Global/National Mission Committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Bill Burris is the Chapel liaison for Brian and AIA.

Brian has sent his latest report describing the changes in the Pro Cyclist arena when they come to the end of their season.  Additionally he talks about how these mission trips bring the athletes closer to God. 


      
ission  Take a Moment with Brian Firle
 oment  September, 2017

Brian Firle, through Athletes in Action, is a ministry the Chapel sponsors through the Global/National Mission Committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Brian has faithfully provided the Chapel with regular reports and this time he has sent a very heartfelt thank you.  Bill Burris is the Chapel liaison for AIA.  If you would like more information on this ministry or have questions, you can contact Bill

Take the time to read Brian's take a moment thank you.




      
ission  Athletes in Action August Report
 oment  August, 2017

Brian Firle, working through Athletes in Action, continues to expand his ministry within the Pro Cycling community.  Brian's ministry is sponsored through the Chapel's Global/National Mission Committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Bill Burris is the Chapel liaison for this ministry.  If you would like to know more about this ministry or have questions you can contact Bill

Brian is very faithful in providing the committee with regular reports of his efforts and accomplishments.  You may recall in an earlier report published on the website a trip Brian and other athletes took to Tijuana, Mexico to help a family rebuild their home.   He is taking another group of athletes back again later this year and will provide a report on that activity as well.

Brian has sent his latest report for August 2017.


      
ission  Athletes in Action - Brian Firle
 oment  July, 2017

Brian Firle working through Athletes in Action has been very prompt in providing the Global/National Mission Committee with regular reports demonstrating his progress with those active in the Pro Cycling arena.  Brian is in his second year of sponsorship from White Bluff Chapel.  He's proving the Chapel's support has been a positive asset to his work.
If you would like to know more about this mission you can contact Bill Burris the Chapel liaison for Athletes in Action.  You can read Brian's latest report documenting his positive efforts.


      
ission  Athletes in Action Latest Update
 oment  June, 2017

Brian Firle is part of Athletes in Action (AIA).  The Chapel is one of Brian's sponsors through the Global/National Mission committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Brian is faithful in providing the committee regular updates on the progress he's making with the world of pro-cycling.

If you read Brian's last report you'll remember that there was a death of one of cyclists in a New Mexico race.  The rider, Chad Young, was a good friend and part of Brian's team working with the other athletes.  Brian has indicated that the trip to the California racing was good for those involved.  While in California Brian and his wife Lisa (Terry and Betty Newman's daughter) celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary.

Brian continues to do a wonderful job of spreading the word of Christ and appreciates the Chapel's support and prayers.

You can read his latest report.  If you want more information about this mission you can contact Bill Burris the Chapel liaison for AIA.



      
ission  God Calls a Pro Cyclist Home
 oment  May, 2017
Brian Firle's report


Athletes in Action (AIA) is a mission sponsored by the Chapel through the Global/National Missions Committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Brian Firle is our contact with AIA and sorrow has befallen his ministry.  One of the athletes who was working in Brian's Bible studies was in a crash and has died.  If Brian was not working with this group it's possible that Chad may not have known Christ. 

Mission work is full of wonderful and exciting events.  Sadly this work also has its times of troubles. You can read Brian's story of Sorrow to Joy by clicking on the image in this article.




      
ission  Brian Firle with AIA Continues
to Grow His Mission
 oment  April, 2017

Brian Firle, with Athletes in Action (AIA) is sponsored by the Chapel through the Global/National Missions committee led by Vicki Thompson.  Brian and his efforts with AIA were accepted as a mission for calendar year 2017.  He has continued his growth within the pro cycling community reaching many riders that were never exposed to Christ.  Brian uses regular meetings with the riders for bible study, fellowship and presentation of God's word. 


Brian has teamed with his friend Brad to be able to reach even more riders.  God is truly working through Brian to reach a group of professionals that never had time for the word of God. 

If you want to know more about Brian's efforts you can contact Bill Burris the Chapel liaison.

Please check out Brian's April report.



      
ission  Thank You Note from Brian Firle of
Athletes in Action
 oment  March, 2017

The Chapel's Global/National Missions committee led by Vicki Thompson agreed to provide 2017 sponsorship of Brian Firle, who works through Athletes in Action, to reach members of the Pro-Cycling world and bring them the word of God.  In the time the committee has worked with Brian they've seen a steady increase in his efforts to reach people that otherwise would never have the time for God.  Brian spends time directly with the cyclists and also uses Skype to host Bible studies and provide other support.

Brian has forwarded a note thanking the Chapel for their pledged support and recent Extra Blessing money he received.  Additionally you can review Brian's latest report on his progress.

If you would like to know more about this mission, you can contact Bill Burris.  Bill is the Chapel liaison for this mission.



      
ission  Athletes in Action Build Home in Mexico
 oment  November, 2016

In June of 2016 the Global/National Mission Committee led by Vicki Thompson posted an article on the website about Athletes in Action (AIA).  The committee at that time was in the process of evaluating AIA to sponsor in 2017. 

The AIA report referenced in the article detailed the progress Brian Firle was making in the world of pro cycling.  Brian, the Chapel's contact with AIA, is a pro cyclist and it has given him credibility with the group.

Based on Brian's accomplishments and growth of his ministry, the Global/National committee voted to sponsor Brian and AIA in 2017.

The latest report received from Brian details the efforts of more than 30 professional athletes and industry professionals to rebuild a home for a family of eight in the Tijuana, Mexico area.  Their original home was destroyed by fire. 

You can view Brian's latest report on the Athletes in Action website.  Reading his report will explain why Global/National chose to sponsor AIA in 2017.  If you read the report you will want to spend six minutes to watch the video that was filmed and narrated by Phillip Jahn, a German professional basketball player.  It explains how the joy of the effort compares to a professional career.

If you want to know more about AIA you can contact Bill Burris, the Chapel liaison for AIA.



      
ission  Athletes In Action (AIA) Report
 oment  June, 2016

Last fall the Global/National Mission Sub-Committee Chaired by Vicki Thompson agreed to consider AIA as a ministry to support.  Brian Firle is the contact the committee has with AIA.  He is working within the pro cycle racing team environment.  Part of the evaluation process is to see regular reports of the ministry activities and evidence that they are making solid inroads reaching individuals with the message of Christ.  Brian is an avid rider and a natural to be AIA's person to achieve their goal.  Earlier this year the Chapel Missions Committee Chaired by Tom Edgar agreed to send Brian $1,000.00 Extra Blessing funds to help with his efforts.  That gave the Global/National committee the ability to work with Brian and receive his activity reports.  A decision will be made at the end of the year to accept or decline AIA for Chapel support.  During the evaluation period Bill Burris is the Chapel liaison with Brian and AIA.

Brian was a recent winner in a major race in Denver.  That will help him to reach more individuals on his journey.

Brian has provided his latest monthly report and it details the wonderful progress he has made reaching fellow riders to provide them with connectivity with Christ.  For more information you can see Brian's report in the Athletes in Action website.