Division-1 Athlete Co-Leads CYAS Bible Study

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CYAS is continuing to grow its Bible studies.  Erin Kaminski has just started a new Bible study with fellow CYAS participant, Desirae Trujillo, in north Denver.  Erin has been an active Christian throughout her life, in both Catholic and Protestant communities.  Her diverse background promises to bring a new and fresh perspective to her Bible study.

In college, Erin was an avid soccer athlete.  Although she was raised Catholic, her college did not offer many ways to grow in the Catholic faith.  The team members on her soccer team invited her to a Bible study and through that she was led to make life changes for Jesus and begin leading Bible studies for other students. Erin said that getting involved in this Bible study was the first time she really pursued her faith. "Faith had always been routine," she commented. Growing up, she always said her prayers and read the Bible, but only when she thought she was supposed to. The Bible study in college made her realize that it did not have to be Sunday to read the Bible. With the support of her teammates, Erin began to build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and grew in her faith.

She came to Colorado for a faith camp at the Colorado State University campus and fell in love with Colorado. She especially loved how easy it was to participate in outdoor activities and hike in the mountains on weekends--activities not as exciting in Pennsylvania, Erin's home state. The camp in Colorado also strengthened Erin's relationship with the Lord. She realized her identity was not based solely on soccer, and she needed to find her identity in Christ. After leaving Colorado, she was determined to find a way to return and live here. She completely surrendered herself to God and last July she found a job in Denver and moved.After she moved, she prayed that she would find community and fellowship in a church. She fully intended to find this at a Catholic church and dive in to its activities immediately. The task of finding a home church proved to be more difficult than she expected though. The Catholic Church she attended did not have a strong young adult community, nor did it have small groups, but she found a Protestant church that did. "The Catholic church will always be home," she declared.

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Erin truly wants to find ways to grow in faith within the Catholic Church. She started going to Immaculate Heart of Mary where she was introduced to CYAS. CYAS is helping to "fill in the gaps" she confessed she was missing. She likes the idea of incorporating sports into the CYAS mission of fellowship. "Sports are a great way to express one's faith," she stated. Right now, Erin cannot participate in the sports because of her work schedule, but she can participate in the Bible studies. She was part of the first round of CYAS Bible studies and was later invited to attend the second round of Bible study leadership training. That is where she met Desirae. They decided to join forces and start a Bible study in north Denver and succeeded in doing so in August. Erin's main priority for the Bible study is to have all its participants grow in faith. She also hopes they will be comfortable enough to be intimately vulnerable with one another. Erin knows that this time of young adulthood is a critical period in life. It is important to build a foundation of faith now, before other obligations get in the way. She understands that faith needs to be the priority of a young adult's life, and this is the message she wants to convey in her Bible study.

After Paul heard about her background with discipleship and Bible studies he invited Erin to assist him in training future Bible study leaders and build up CYAS’ discipleship/mentoring for young adults. When asked about Erin, Paul said, “It is sad that we have young Catholics going to the Protestant churches to find community and study the Bible. If we do not provide for these basic faith needs, they will go elsewhere. Erin is an exception in that she is fully committed to her Catholic faith, but for every Erin there are numerous others that are leaving the Catholic Church.”

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CYAS is a 501c3 non-profit charity, meaning donations are tax-deductible to the degree allowed by law. Like nearly all charities we have a revenue generating side through our sports leagues (e.g. red cross sells blood from blood drives) and a larger fundraising/charity side that is the heart of why we do the sports (discipleship through Bible studies, retreats, and mission trips). CYAS'  revenue from leagues is not nearly enough to cover the expenses for a national outreach ministry. In fact, it isn't even enough after expenses for one full-time staff employee. Donations primarily serve our mission in these main areas:

  1. To cover players that receive free scholarships for playing in our leagues (10% of participants)
  2. Expansion of our services in existing locations (including marketing for outreach and the development of formation programs)
  3. Expansion efforts (including our need for support staff and office space to build a national system - think league operation support, national marketing, donation processing and servicing, accounting, legal support, and expansion related travel and training systems)
  4. To pay for our insurance cost (about $10,000/year and growing as we grow)
  5. The ongoing formation, training and community building among our missionaries. They need to be loved in order to continue sharing His love
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The Catholic Church is not adverse to the use of alcohol by adults in moderation.In fact, it was customary for Jews to drink wine within religious celebrations and regularly with meals. Jesus himself made good wine abundant at the Wedding of Cana and ultimately transformed wine into the gift of his blood, which we receive at the Catholic mass offered daily. Therefore, we are comfortable with the casual and responsible enjoyment of alcohol and are not adverse to gathering after a game at the local family friendly sports bar for fellowship and to enjoy a drink, and/or meal, in moderation.

We do ask participants to please refrain from consumption during our leagues out of respect for our participants who are opposed to the consumption of alcohol, are underage, and to help us provide a good witness that healthy fun community can exist without the assistance of liquid spirits.

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CYAS has a strategic plan of national growth to reach young adults, evangelize through Bible studies and retreats, and provide awesome kick butt sport leagues, social events and mission trips. We have a hurdle though...missionary staff! We are praying for the Lord of the Harvest to provide laborers. If you know someone interested please send them to this link and suggest they apply to discern with us: www.catholicyoungadultsports.com/career