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Christians in Sport loses one of its original supporters

Date posted: 07/02/19
Rev Canon Michael Green
On Wednesday 6th February, Christians in Sport lost one of its original and keenest supporters.
 
Rev Canon Michael Green died in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford following surgery. Michael was one of the first to meet Eddie Waxer in the early 1970s and to catch the vision of reaching the world of sport for Christ. Michael, a Cambridge fencing blue and enthusiastic all round sportsman, had just become Rector of St Aldates in Oxford. He introduced Eddie to Andrew Wingfield Digby, who later became the founding Director of Christians in Sport.
 
At the time Andrew was playing cricket for Oxford University and training for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall. With Michael's enthusiastic support Andrew started the first ever Christians in Sport University group and Michael was its first guest speaker. Some years later (1984) when Andrew became our first full time staff worker Michael invited him to join the staff of St Aldates as honorary curate. That is why we are still based in the Oxford area.
 
Michael was a scholar, a prolific writer and indefatigable evangelist. One of the reasons he loved Christians in Sport was because we were able to put large numbers of 'not yet believers' in front of him. Andrew recalls one such gathering in St Aldates:
 
"A huge South African international second row forward came forward to speak to Michael. Not a tall man himself. Michael looked up at him and said 'I have watched you playing rugby and know you are afraid of nobody but are you brave enough to give your life to Jesus Christ?'. Almost in tears the big man admitted he was too afraid of his teammates to take such a stand and he went sadly away".
 
The Church has lost one of the great ones of the 20th Century and we have lost a great friend. Over the years Michael led countless people to Christ. Great will be his reward.