Thanks for taking time to read some recent news from the ministry of World Sport Ministries; God has been good because He is good! Join with us in praising Him for what He has done and praying into what's ahead. The Lord is really using sport to reach communities and there is no better time to get involved in sports mission by praying, participating or providing. Could we help you start a Community Sports Team?
Five -a-side Football Outreach Grows
WSM Bath moved outdoors to stage the ever popular 'Kick Off' tournament reaching almost 40 men and teenagers (Teen Kick Off) with the gospel through a fun and competitive format in both April and May.
We praise God that He has used 'Kick Off' to help encourage one of the players to re-commit to Jesus and desire to be baptised in the last month!
WSM Bristol have just staged their most recent football tournament reaching over 50 - more to follow in next month's 'Latest Score'
In Bath God is using different sports to reach different people groups and so a new monthly Netball session began on May 9th where ladies attended for training, fun, competition and a chance to hear the testimony of a mature Christian.
WSM Bristol & Bath partnered to stage 3 Easter Get Sported Camps In South Bristol, Bath (11-13 April) and Frome (18-20 April). A terrific curriculum enabled over 30 workers and coaches to blend sports drills, life skills and God's Word. Over 50 children and young leaders chose to begin with Jesus, including Charlie (aged 10, whose family are as yet unchurched) who was desperate to be the group reader of the Sports new Testament because he so loves exploring it every night at home and sometimes with his dad.
May 16th saw the beginning of a new monthly Touch Rugby outreach in Bath called 'Converted'. The standard was high as 25 adults 'engaged'. The gospel was shared and great seed was sown.
Church Partnership Day
On May 14th, WSM served one of it's mission partner churches - St George's in Beckington, Somerset who were celebrating their 700 year old birthday! We ran a sports afternoon for 45 local children using football and cricket to share the love of Jesus and connect with local families. It was a great day with great people.
This past week has seen a 2 day Get Sported Camp reach over 50 children in South Bristol plus 21 teenagers trained and mentored for a day on our new 'Young Leader Development Programme' - details to follow next month!
Please could you pray for ministry projects in the UK & Kenya that are coming up:
- 10th-11th June. Sports ministry leadership training in Nairobi, Kenya - 40 new leaders to be equipped to serve their churches & reach their communities through sport.
- 12th June. Partnership outreach @ Frome Pentecost Day - Family games and tournaments with local churches reaching community.
- 25th June. Football Clinic in Nairobi, Kenya with NPC Buru Buru - ministry to expected 800 children.
- 25th June. Partnership day at Holy Trinity Combe Down Church, Bath - sports outreach to children and families.
- 27th June. Teen Kick Off, Bath - 13-15 year olds reached through football tournament.
We are really looking to increase prayer and intercession within the ministry - if you would like to pray regularly for us and receive specific prayer requests, could you email us to say so and we will furnish you with monthly details as well as any emergencies!
Thanks for standing with us in faith!