‘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.