Knowing God and making him known is a very broad mandate for any mission, church, or organization. There are few activities that reach all cultures, colors, race, language, religion, age and gender. One of those activities also only has one language.. the language of sports.
There is nothing like athletics to bring together a community, a country, and the world. Not only does it bring these things together, but physical exercise also completes us as individuals body, mind (soul) and spirit. It is only when these three are functioning as God planned that we can reach our ultimate potential to accomplish His plan through us.
YWAM, along with the body of Christ, for the past 50 years has been striving to fulfill the great commission through many, many activities, but only recently has sports come to the forefront of those activities. Combining sports and physical fitness as tools to reach our world. Come join us as we join with others empowering one another personally and collectively to reach our true potential and destiny in Christ.
Pleasing God as Artists and Athletes
Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:58
Recently one of my morning quiet times erupted into a biblical treasure hunt to discover what really pleases God? I had the time and my heart was already awakened by the Word, so I started leafing through the epistles in search of scriptures (1) mentioning how God is pleased or given glory/praise through our actions or attitudes. An hour later and several post-it notes crammed with references, I closed the Book and, with a fresh cup of coffee, meditated on the truths I’d just uncovered.
Active in Mission - The Rise of Sports Ministry
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 23:36
I remember my DTS outreach days of old (I’m in my thirties so not that old!), the days consisted of doing our ‘ministry’ – street preaching, dance, skits and so on – and at the end of day, when we had a bit of free time, we were allowed to go and get a football and have a kick around with some of the locals.
For years this frustrated me. I was thinking, “sport is my passion and what I’m good at and I’m awful at acting, yet I’m trying to reach people with something that I am no good at and have to put what I am good at on the back burner because this is "how we do mission and reach people" right?”
Well, finally that is changing. It is amazing to see how DTS’ in particular has become creative and uses student’s gifts to accomplish mission, rather than trying to fit square pegs into round holes.
This brings up a few things we need to consider as mission trainers.