East Texas Baptist University

Marshall, TX

Spreading the Gospel through the universal language of sports, the East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) Tiger Spirit Teams, along with Acrobatics and Tumbling traveled to Japan as part of the ETBU Tiger Athletic Mission Experience program. The group of 23 athletes and staff partnered with the International Sports Federation (ISF) in evangelism and ministry surrounding Camp Buttobi and the people of Yokohama, Japan. The trip to Japan marks ETBU’s 11th sports mission experience and the third trip with ISF – an organization that seeks to change the world through sports.

During the trip, the Tiger Spirit Teams spent time with the Joy Children’s Ministry during a worship service at Hongodai Church. Student-athletes shared testimonies as well as their cheer, dance, and acrobatic talents with attendees at the church. They also facilitated a kids’ camp and participated in outreach at a local shopping mall.

“One of the greatest gifts in serving as a coach for these athletes has been watching them experience God, serve others, and realize what the Father can do through them if they are willing,” Farrah Dunaway, head coach of Cheer, and Acrobatics and Tumbling, said.

When our church gives through the Cooperative Program, we support ETBU and their missions, where both students and the people they serve are impacted by Christ. Let’s pray for ETBU’s athletes as they continue to take part in mission trips.


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