Athlete Testimonies:

Tim Howard

As soon as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean, Tim Howard began to open people's eyes. He's a 6-foot-3, acrobatic and agile athlete. Here was an American goalie playing at the top level in soccer-crazy England. He spent nearly six seasons with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars before signing with Manchester United of England's Premier League.

Howard has grown much as a goalie over the years. When first making the switch from Major League Soccer to the Premier League, he talks about how intense training was. "Everything is 100 mph. There's pressure every day." But he made the adjustment.

The greatest adjustment after moving to England was finding a church and getting plugged in. He and his wife truly had to be open and follow the Lord's lead. "Maybe He wants us to shed our skin and not necessarily go with what's comfortable," he said.

As Howard continues to play, faith is still most important in the couple's life. They know that everywhere God has taken them and everywhere He will take them will be part of His plan. "We learned that God's rule is sovereign. You see God's power and presence everywhere, even an ocean away."

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