Praise for the work of Sports Friends that opens the hearts of youth to the gospel through providing balls and introducing the game of soccer in needy villages and refugee camps. Praise that tribal hatreds and divisions are forgotten on the soccer field as participants learn that they are all loved by the same God. Pray for the camps being held around the world this summer and the 10,000 youth who are attending. Pray that they will experience the love of Jesus and come to know Him.
Praise that Courtney is becoming Financial Manager of Sports Friends, having seen firsthand the effectiveness of the ministry in building the church around the world through visits to several countries. She writes, “I am excited to be a part of this amazing ministry and cannot wait to see how the Lord continues to use Sports Friends.” Pray that God will raise up a team committed to praying and financially supporting her as she uses her skills and training to fulfill this vital role.
Praise for Michelle’s opportunity at the recent SIM Global Assembly to give the closing address and share the importance of mentoring young believers as they move into ministry. Pray God would use Sports Friend’s biggest fund raising effort of the year to provide for camps in nine countries, including two special-needs camps in Kenya. Praise that the Lord has provided a Support Services Team Leader to help with donor development. Pray also that Michelle’s financial support need would be met so she can remain with SF.
Praise for the 15 years of Sports Friends ministry, which has led to 10,000 trained coaches who are ministering to over 240,000 youth on a weekly basis, resulting in lives and communities being transformed by God’s grace. Pray for Tripp as he is leading a gathering of top SF leaders from around the world in Charlotte as they give thanks for what God has done and seek His plans for the ministry in the coming years in Africa, Asia, and South America.
Praise for the life-transforming events for youth who attend sports camps as they grow in relationship with their coaches and experience the love of Jesus through them. Praise for the generosity of so many who provided $100,000 for over 10,000 youth to attend camps this past summer. Praise for the netball camp for unschooled African girls in Malawi and camp for youth with physical disabilities in Kenya, including their parents and guardians. Pray many will sign up to pray for Sports Friends outreach a few minutes a day for seven days beginning October 1 by signing up at www.sports-friends.org/7daysofprayer and receiving a short email each day.
Praise that over $100,000 was raised to help fund the cost of sending youth to camp in numerous countries around the world this summer. Pray that youth will come to faith in Christ and grow as His disciples as a result of the love, example, and witness of godly coaches. Pray that new churches will be established in communities where people are living and dying without a gospel witness, as a result of relationships first built on the sports field. Pray that churches will have a fresh vision to engage their communities through sports.
Praise for a successful Sports Friends camp that was held recently with 77 kids in attendance plus staff, coaches, and volunteers around the theme of how each person can become The True Champion through Jesus. Pray for spiritual protection for these kids and courage to share their faith as they are now back in their home environments. Pray also for the Sadios, who has returned to the US this week for home assignment. Pray that they can have rest and refreshing, reconnect well with friends, family and church fellowships, and raise additional support for their family as well as for the Sports Friends Senegal ministry
Sports Friends has ministries in many of the far-flung corners of the world; from Peru to Nigeria to Thailand. The mental scenes that correspond to those places might be something like a dusty plain with children playing football under a tree with wide, spreading branches. Or a field lined with palm trees, young girls avoiding monsoon-season puddles as they practice volleyball. And sure, these picturesque rural settings really are some of the places where Sports Friends works, but what about sports ministry in an urban context, where fields and courts are not in open spaces but tucked amidst buildings and side streets? “Wherever you are, kids are kids,” Coach Si says of what it’s like reaching out to young people in the city. But that only goes so far. “It’s hard to develop relationships with kids here.” Coach Si is a pastor at a small church in Bangkok doing outreach … Read More