GOD AND FITNESS!

The Camp was a blast. The training was Intense, the lessons deep and the sweat Holy.

From the 23th to 26th November, AIA(Athletes In Action), Campus crusade for Christ Sports ministry, had an intensive Camp for their students athletes and anybody interested in fitness. I joined in as an athlete because I love God and fitness. The program is called Ultimate Training Camp(UTC).

The program is based on 5 principles that help athletes answer questions related to their difficulty in understanding how their relationship with Christ relates to their sport. These principles take a different story from the Bible and applies the Biblical Principle from that story to sport and competition.

Principle #1: Audience of one. We should worship God through our sport. God should be our motivation to win. Learning to compete for the ultimate audience(God) turns sport into worship. #2: Inside game- God`s love for us is our motivation. Give a “Thank-you response” to the Lord through our sport. #3: Holy Sweat- God provides resources for Spiritual training so that we can become more like Jesus. The encouragement is to rely on the Holy Spirit to be our strength for life and sport. #4: Hurting for Certain- God allows pain and trials to deepen our faith in Him. Trials and pain are part of God`s game plan. Sports can be God`s avenue for teaching you to respond appropriately to trials. #5 Victory beyond competition- God`s playing field extends beyond our competition. The focus is to invest our talents, leave a legacy and make an impact.

Plettenberg Bay Beach Training Mission 2016

‘All it takes is an INVITATION!

“Would you like to play some sport with us?”

Some people were initially hesitant; some shy, some surprised, some flattered but most eager to come and play.

Sport is the one language that breaks all the barriers of language, culture and race. This fact was once again evident at the 2016 Plett Beach Mission. An invitation can result in a ‘Yes’ or ‘No thank you’.  Asking a stranger to come and play can initially be a daunting task, but when you see the positive response to your invitation you are amazed. “Can it really be so easy?” “People love being invited! Their response is awesome!” A stranger becomes a friend and you have an opportunity to tell them about your friend Jesus.

The daily fun and tournaments of soccer, touch rugby and volleyball were all aimed at giving the team an opportunity to build relationships and share the gospel. Some people had heard of Jesus but many do not know anything about him. Everyone was very open to our challenges about their relationship with God. We trust the Lord for the seeds planted, questions answered and for the new birth given.

The mission once again highlighted the vast potential of training up church and youth leaders to use sport as a way to reach the people in their communities with the gospel. The Knysna Baptist church folk who joined the team for two days experienced the dynamic of sports ministry and how easy it is to share the gospel.

We need to pray for more godly, reliable and committed workers to go out into their communities with the life transforming saving truth of the gospel.

A huge thank you to the people of St Thomas Methodist Church for your ongoing partnership with us and to all our prayer and financial supporters.

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GOD AND FITNESS!

The Camp was a blast. The training was Intense, the lessons deep and the sweat Holy.

From the 23th to 26th November, AIA(Athletes In Action), Campus crusade for Christ Sports ministry, had an intensive Camp for their students athletes and anybody interested in fitness. I joined in as an athlete because I love God and fitness. The program is called Ultimate Training Camp(UTC).

The program is based on 5 principles that help athletes answer questions related to their difficulty in understanding how their relationship with Christ relates to their sport. These principles take a different story from the Bible and applies the Biblical Principle from that story to sport and competition.

Principle #1: Audience of one. We should worship God through our sport. God should be our motivation to win. Learning to compete for the ultimate audience(God) turns sport into worship. #2: Inside game- God`s love for us is our motivation. Give a “Thank-you response” to the Lord through our sport. #3: Holy Sweat- God provides resources for Spiritual training so that we can become more like Jesus. The encouragement is to rely on the Holy Spirit to be our strength for life and sport. #4: Hurting for Certain- God allows pain and trials to deepen our faith in Him. Trials and pain are part of God`s game plan. Sports can be God`s avenue for teaching you to respond appropriately to trials. #5 Victory beyond competition- God`s playing field extends beyond our competition. The focus is to invest our talents, leave a legacy and make an impact.

Plettenberg Bay Beach Training Mission 2016

‘All it takes is an INVITATION!

“Would you like to play some sport with us?”

Some people were initially hesitant; some shy, some surprised, some flattered but most eager to come and play.

Sport is the one language that breaks all the barriers of language, culture and race. This fact was once again evident at the 2016 Plett Beach Mission. An invitation can result in a ‘Yes’ or ‘No thank you’.  Asking a stranger to come and play can initially be a daunting task, but when you see the positive response to your invitation you are amazed. “Can it really be so easy?” “People love being invited! Their response is awesome!” A stranger becomes a friend and you have an opportunity to tell them about your friend Jesus.

The daily fun and tournaments of soccer, touch rugby and volleyball were all aimed at giving the team an opportunity to build relationships and share the gospel. Some people had heard of Jesus but many do not know anything about him. Everyone was very open to our challenges about their relationship with God. We trust the Lord for the seeds planted, questions answered and for the new birth given.

The mission once again highlighted the vast potential of training up church and youth leaders to use sport as a way to reach the people in their communities with the gospel. The Knysna Baptist church folk who joined the team for two days experienced the dynamic of sports ministry and how easy it is to share the gospel.

We need to pray for more godly, reliable and committed workers to go out into their communities with the life transforming saving truth of the gospel.

A huge thank you to the people of St Thomas Methodist Church for your ongoing partnership with us and to all our prayer and financial supporters.