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

Date posted: 05/04/17

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


Christians in sport are reaching out with the gospel where God has placed them. Here’s a collection of recent stories we hope encourage and inspire you.

It has been great to see God at work in my friend Charlotte who came to Club La Santa in Lanzarote with us while I was on the Academy. She told me: “I truly feel that Lanzarote was the spark that triggered my ongoing niggling questions and yearning to learn more about the Christian faith.” After praying and really investing in Charlotte, it was such a joy for me to hear this, to now be reading through the Bible with her and to find out that she’s been to church and involved with the Christian Union at her university this year!

Holly Phipps, Sheffield University Athletics Club

Five years ago I attended Sports Plus in Brecon. I then went back to Romania and started a team which has now grown to two teams, and we hope to run a second sports camp this year due to our continuing work with young people. We ran our first camp four years ago with the help of Christians in Sport and now we are running it independently with a team of local leaders. Praise God for the growth of the work in Romania.

Manu, Romania

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


Ashleigh McQuoid hosting the Sports Quiz at Edgewell Christian Centre

Edgewell Christian Centre in Prudhoe, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, kicked off the new year with the Sports Quiz. The humble-sized hall was filled with good food, fresh faces and a great atmosphere. The teams loved the variety of quiz questions and enjoyed having playful banter with their opponents, as well as having the opportunity to network with fellow sportspeople. At half time, the “Born to Play” videos opened up some excellent conversations, with many of the guests feeling inspired to look into the gospel through the eyes of sport. One guest said that he had never been to an event like it, and that the gospel had completely changed his way of thinking. Since then, he has asked for a Bible and is looking more into the identity of Jesus. Praise God for His innumerable blessings – may He continue to change lives in the North East. Bring on the next Sports Quiz!

Ashleigh and Lauren McQuoid, Edgewell Christian Centre

On Saturday 4th February, young sportspeople from across Northern Ireland gathered at Sports Plus Xtra. It was a great chance to catch up with guys who have previously attended camps as well as give others an insight into what they are all about. We looked at the ‘Call of the Captain’, applying the teaching of the Great Commission in Matthew 28 to our sporting context. This was followed by discussion groups on disappointment, opponents and officials, nerves and banter. It was class to engage with the young people, discussing how we can glorify God through all these challenges.

Peter Ferguson, Hillsborough, Northern Ireland

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


Cardiff University Rugby Club

I spoke to the social secretary before my first social to let him know I was a Christian and did not believe in excessive drinking, but made it clear I still wanted to be involved. Soon, most of the rugby club knew I was a Christian and said they really respected me for still coming to socials. It also gave me chance to talk about my faith. In the pub, one of the other freshers said “you’ve inspired me to stop drinking”. I was so surprised, especially in that environment, but it was during our mission week at the uni so I invited him to the event the next day. He was very drunk, so I thought he’d forget about it, but I texted him and he came. He really enjoyed it and also came to the Christians in Sport quiz and a church service.

James Jennings, Cardiff University Rugby Club

More than 250 people attended our ‘More than a Game’ event at AFC Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium. We had a video on the big screen and then I interviewed ex-players Linvoy Primus and Cyrille Regis about football and faith. We also heard from a Bournemouth player who is a Christian and had a question and answer session. It was a significant time for many. No one went away without hearing that they need Jesus.

Andy Rimmer, AFC Bournemouth club chaplain




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