Dear Artists and Athletes

I’m sure you are all well aware that the Rio Olympics are coming up in a matter of weeks and the excitement is starting to develop.  As always there is the negative side of things you’ll hear about them no being ready, disease spreading, violence and danger on every side but this is one opportunity every 4 years for nations to come together celebrate across language, cultures and creeds.  I believe this gives joy to God’s heart because He loves celebrations and for us to come together in unity.  This is the opposite to the enemy who wants to steal, destroy, divide and conquer. It is the chance to run the good race to the end and giving it your best.   It matters not if you win or loose but how you play the game.  With this in mind please note the message of this young Argentinian boy and enjoy the Games.



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Don’t Go Messi! 

It was a devastating moment for Argentina when Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Chile won the Copa America 2016 final. And it got even worse with Messi’s announcement that he will quit playing on the Argentinian national team. 

6-year-old Piero from Youth With A Mission’s (YWAM) football club in Buenos Aires, Argentina sent a video message to Messi pleading with him to stay on the national team. Piero is helping to put it all in right perspective, “I wanted to say that even if you missed that penalty, you are the best in the world … You missed the penalty and the Chileans scored their’s…so what? Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose in football! What is important is to enjoy yourself.”

This video has become an international hit as it has been shown by Fox Sports, CNN, ESPN and other channels. Ivan Salazar from YWAM Buenos Aires shares that people from other countries, United Kingdom, Italy and Mexico, are calling them and want to talk to Piero.
Piero started to play football when he was 4 years old. His family was not into football, but when Piero started to play and love the game, they also started to watch football matches more frequently. What Piero said to Messi was very spontaneous and from his heart, but at the same time something he has learned in his football class.

Piero is part of the Alumine FC football team. This soccer academy is open to every child. They learn how to play the game and, at the same time, they are discipled. “We teach about the father heart of God,” says coach Ivan Salazar, “and like mentors, fathers and coaches, we try to teach them how to deal with different situations in life. And of course football skills.”

Ivan concludes: “Now all of Argentina is talking about what we teach in our football club! God is moving a lot here. It is amazing!”

In 2006 YWAM Belize Banana Bank Campus pioneered a football ministry with a focus on using sports as a tool to equip young men with a holistic approach: empowering them to fulfill their God given dreams. It took off and became one of the most successful ministries we run to date. We focus on young men ages 6+ and by the efforts of Santiago Valencia and John George, a team began to materialize as boys from the Roaring Creek area began to come, one after the other. Roaring Creek is a dangerous community, and the base is safe and secure place during after school hours. A soccer team was built. It is a delight for all to see the skill of this group of boys on the field, whose ability, through the great coaching of ‘Santi’ and John would bring them to an undefeated season!


altIsn't it bizarre that one of the best mission tools anywhere in the world is not just a book and a guitar but a round object filled with air? What happens when air fills something (and I'm not just talking about a ball!)......LIFE.....missions through sports brings hope, it brings healing, and it brings L IFE.

Last March our first Sports Ministry School ran in Pichilemu, Chile. The school was packed with the concepts of how to use your God-given sports skills in the context of missions as well as practical input in areas such as coaching. Because of its success, the YWAM sports network has decided to run it again in Chile in March 2014. And, an added enticement (not that you need one for this school) is when the school ends you could hop on a plane to nearby Brazil for the World Cup and do some sports outreach.  

Topics to wet your appetite include:

  • Biblical approach to sports ministry Methods and models of sports ministry Event Management

  • General coaching techniques

  • Fitness and nutrition

  • Leadership and evangelism in sport

  • Sport and community development

The Sports Ministry School will provide you with the foundations to go serve on the mission field and excel in your ministry. The location in Chile is the perfect place to do this with ready made facilities to train in and an incredible staff to mentor you. This course can also be used towards an A.A. or a B.A. degree with the U of N (

So pull up your socks, put on your kit, warm up those muscles and get on over to Chile in March 2014 for the Sports Ministry School.

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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.


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.


Michael Bates in TiranaA two-hour history lesson from a Prime Minister isn’t an ordinary lunch appointment for me, but then very little about the Walk for Truce campaign has been “ordinary”. Sali Beresha, Prime Minister of Albania since 2005, has more authority than most to talk about the history of national and international upheaval. As the first democratically elected President of Albania, leading from 1992 to 1997, he was not only midwife to the birth of the Republic of Albania, but witnessed up close the horrifying conflict in the Balkans. So our discussion of the question of how to manage significant disputes within and between nations, but without resorting to violence, was far from academic.


What a great privilege it is to report to you about our first EXcompetition in Egypt August 2010. First let me give a little explanation of what EXcompetition is: Our mission, in conjunction with our University a few years ago began to look at sports as an official part of what they are doing worldwide, even though sports had been started many years ago by people such as Jimmy Stewart out of Hong Kong, Kevin Stark also out of Hong Kong and Montana, Keith Buzzard from Montana, Baher from Egypt, more recently, Coach Powers from Kona, and so many others. We began with a meeting of a few of us in Kansas City, trying to discern where we are with sports and its many facets around the world. From that meeting till now many sports schools, and people have been beginning to work together to further the Kingdom through sports. Affiliations have been recognized with groups such as global network of sports ministries, Athletes in Action (AIA), etc. our university has now recognized sports as part of one of its colleges, College of Arts and Sports, and has begun to set up seminars, courses and outreaches, and will hopefully offer a complete degree program in the near future.


The 2010 Winter Olympic games is being hosted here in Vancouver, Canada! As YWAM Vancouver we are hosting the Winter Olympics Outreach. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us in Vancouver to welcome the world to our city and to welcome all of you to our city "for such a time as this".


Our dear team member Jeremy passed away due to a freak accident a month before the outreach. We had green arm bands ( his favorite color) made up with 1.21 ( his favorite verse) from Philippians written on them. We wore them on our time in Asia and they sparked many conversations with tourists, and locals.