Praise for the Sports Friends summer May CAMPaign to raise money to continue hosting camps in Asia and Africa. Pray that the goal to raise enough funds to send 3100 youth to camp will be met. Praise for a new denominational partnership in Peru with the potential to train over 1000 church leaders to use sports to reach out to youth in their communities. Pray for the Basic Trainings being held this month to equip new coaches. Pray also for Michelle as she takes some personal time to rest, connect with supporters and raise $743 more in monthly support before June 1.
Praise that over fifty Sports Friends leaders from all around the world have come to Chiang Mai, Thailand, for the second-ever Global Gathering. Pray for a great spirit of love, respect and unity as they meet together as a worldwide SF leadership team. Pray that all of those presenting and facilitating will be led by the Lord as they minister. Pray for ears to hear and hearts to receive all that the Lord has for each person attending. Pray also for safe and smooth travel to and from Thailand and around Chiang Mai during various activities and outings.
By Cat Edwards | SOUTHEAST ASIA When Coach Ben attended an early Sports Friends Basic Training in Thailand, he hoped the experience would prepare him to run his own sports ministry model someday. However, the last place Ben probably envisioned himself serving was the very place his training proved to be most valuable: in prison. Coach Ben was running a thriving youth soccer academy when some past ‘disagreements’ with the police disrupted his life. One morning, drugs were planted in Ben’s vegetables before he went to market to sell them. The police were tipped off, and, to the devastation of his family and community, the local coach was sentenced to six years imprisonment. Stuck in a dilapidated cell alongside 200 other inmates, Ben could think of nothing to do but pray. After some time, the coach had an idea. Ben approached the prison management about starting up a soccer team for … Read More
Praise for the thousands of coaches working with Sports Friends around the world. Michelle writes, “They are some of the most dedicated, kind and loving people and we are grateful for everything they do to reach youth and families in their communities.” Pray that the Lord will provide for the annual Coaches Campaign to train new coaches, which costs $75 per individual. Pray also for Michelle as she seeks to serve the Sports Friends family in the many countries where this ministry is operating.
Pray for Danny in this busy time as he finalizes end-of-year financial reports and participates in projections and planning for the new year. Praise for the expansion of Sports Friends into new areas of Africa — Tanzania, Senegal, and Niger – and pray for strength for Danny as he adds these countries to his accounting responsibilities. Praise that Carmen’s doctrinal thesis draft was accepted, and pray for ongoing checking and revisions until she can defend her thesis orally in April. Pray that God will open doors for her to use her education for His kingdom’s work.
Praise for Shane’s latest trip for Sports Friends to Tanzania where he was able to lay the groundwork with three denominations to expand into that country. Praise that the Tanzanian pastors are excited to be starting their Sports Friends training, and that Kenyans now have gone to Tanzania to train 100 new leaders. Pray for a US missionary family now raising support to join the team soon in Tanzania where they are greatly needed. Pray also for Allyson who serves in the medical office at Rift Valley Academy. Pray for the family as they return to the US for home assignment by July 20.
Praise for a sabbatical they had and for the personal transitions they were able to make during that time. Praise also that in the past few weeks, Tripp has been able to reconnect with many Sports Friends leaders around the world and hear all that God is doing through this ministry. Pray that 1000 scholarships will be provided to send kids to camp this summer ($50 is needed for each camper; donations can be made to Sports Friends #099803). Tripp writes, “Many young people are waiting for an opportunity to attend camp this summer. Help us make their dreams come alive!”
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