God's work in the world of sport: Winter 2017

Date posted: 30/12/16

God's work in the world of sport: September to December 2016


Here are some great stories of sportspeople reaching out with the gospel across the UK. We hope you will be encouraged by what you read. 

I joined the tennis team when I started at Surrey University last term. We had a University Group meeting on praying for our teammates and it deeply encouraged and convicted me to be praying more for those around me, particularly my sporting friends. I prayed for my friend George, who I go to the gym with, at the meeting and throughout the day after. This led to some amazing conversations over the next few days and an opportunity to invite him to the Alpha course.

Barney Alexander – Surrey University

God's work in the world of sport: September to December 2016


Leaders from across Europe at the ReadySetGO Plus training event

Since the launch of the sports mission tool kit ‘ReadySetGO’ globally in November 2015 and across Europe in May 2016, over 2,000 people have been taught to deliver the training. To put it in context, the previous sports mission material taught 857 people over five years. There have been over 86 ReadySetGO training sessions in 141 cities across 26 countries in Europe. These teams have put on over 697 ‘Go strategies’ which are sports mission events proclaiming the gospel in a variety of methods such as camps, KidsGames, in partnerships with churches and local communities and working one on one with athletes. At the time of writing, these 697 events have reached over 49,545 people with the gospel.

Caroline Reid – International Co-ordinator

ACTS Community Church in Wales’ Rhondda Valley used the Sports Mission Pack to run a ‘Fit Always’ event for their local fitness community. Around 90 people, including 40-50 guests, played rounds of the Sports Quiz, took on fitness challenges and heard testimonies from an Ironman triathlete in her 60s and two ultramarathon runners. Church member James Piper runs fitness classes in their building seven days a week and this event built on that base. Please pray that many members of this fitness community will be drawn into church through the event and the invites of others in the class. They are planning an Alpha course in January.

God's work in the world of sport: September to December 2016


The winning team at Peterhead Baptist Church’s quiz

Our Sports Quiz worked really well at Peterhead Football Club. We had over 40 people with quite a few non-Christians and quite a spread in ages. We were firing through the first three rounds, so did some impromptu challenges in between rounds such as balloon lifting and burpees. It just added to the laugh and people responded well. We started a Christianity Explored course a couple of weeks later from that night and from some other things we had been doing.

Ruth McCaig – Peterhead Baptist Church

God's work in the world of sport: September to December 2016


Strathallan School visit

Back in March last year a couple of Christians in Sport staff, Interns and Academy students spent three days with us here at Strathallan School in Perthshire. The team were involved in teaching PE and RE classes, leading chapel services and hosting a number of different events, a sixth form dodgeball tournament being a particular highlight. Following the week, it was great to be able to have a couple of boys join me at Sports Plus up the road at Glenalmond. It was particularly great to see one young lad come to faith during the week and I have since started a mini Pray Play Say group at the school on a weekly basis to support him and a couple of other boys. It has been great to see the boys really grow in their faith in the last couple of months. I have been really proud to see the lad who came to Sports Plus taking a stand around school and even turning up to the PPS group with a non-Christian friend. It’s all been very exciting!

Yamika Banda – Strathallan School


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