Growing up in Sweden, Malin Sjöbäck had never heard a single Bible verse or gone to church. It wasn’t until she attended Athletes in Action’s annual winter conference where she learned about having a personal relationship with Jesus.
“I went home from the trip, and that week, I prayed and received Christ,” Malin says. “It was the best thing I've ever done in my life.”
Just a year later, Malin graduated from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. Her summer plans consisted of traveling to southeast Africa for a soccer tour with Athletes in Action, Cru’s ministry to athletes.
Part sports camp and part mission trip, Malin had the opportunity to blend her passion for soccer and her faith while experiencing another culture, and telling others about Jesus Christ.
Scared stiff, Malin began to publicly unfold her story for the first time in front of the youthful crowd in Swaziland, tightly tucking away her nerves.
It was there that she found her purpose in life: to tell her story so that others may be encouraged by what God has done and is still doing in her life.
“It didn’t matter how nervous I was sharing my story that night for the first time in front of a large group, because it was for God’s kingdom,” Malin says. “I feel like God has called me to show others what God has done with me and my life.”