WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING?
On the move…
It’s been an amazingly active period recently with The Lord moving powerfully through multiple summer sports camps as well as last week’s during October half term ones.
The team’s that we have started and now support in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Pakistan and the DRC have continued to grow by training new leaders and intensified effective outreach and disciple-making through strategies such as tournaments, camps and Kids Games.
Here in the Uk, we are excited to have begun partnering with Scripture Union to launch new GET Sported Camps throughout different parts of the UK; so far new groups of young people have been reached for Jesus in London and Cheltenham because of this.
We are so grateful to the faithful workers and volunteers that served so faithfully over late summer where 148 children chose to begin following Jesus; last week 38 other young people said yes to our King as well.
For more information of our local, national and international work or to become involved yourself, please contact us here.
Home & Away!
We caught up with Bristol Community Sports Team leader and missionary Akeel Yousaf.
1. How and when did you get involved with WSM? My Friend Anna Clarke introduced me to WSM in late 2003 and April 2004 I did the first Kids Games with WSM.
2. Why are you passionate about building a team that reaches your city Bristol through sport?
I believe that sport is a great tool to reach local communities and there is a big need for people to get united for that purpose. Jesus himself built a team to reach people and I believe this is a kingdom model where like minded people get together and take church to the community to build relationships in and through sport.
3. Which countries have you been to on mission and what was your favourite trip?
I have been to Germany , Barbados , Kenya & Paksitan; all of them are my favourite because I had the opportunity to reach people , build up relationships and learn about their cultures.
4. You have trained leaders to begin ministry in Pakistan – how is it going out there and what are their major needs? They are going steady with a few struggles. Their biggest needs are finances and the biggest issue is Muslim law, where they have so many restrictions.
5. What excites you most about the year ahead?
I am very excited about next year as I believe God wants to use me in an apostolical way. I’m really enthused to grow the Bristol team, help WSM nationally and would love to be a part of the international work where I can use my gifting to help WSM plant new teams and train more people so they can reach their communities.
More than you can ever imagine
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
Ephesians 3:20 NIV
Top sports teams pay sports psychologists lots of money to help their players to think with the right frame of mind.
Many say “If you think you can or if you think yo can’t – you’re right!”
God has given us a mind with two primary functions:
1. A memory to replay the past
2. An imagination to pre-play the future
Both of these can be used to generate and cultivate fear and doubt or alternatively belief and expectation.
Many top performers win games because of their mental strength and I’m sure your successes have come largely because of your approach, yet the above passage reminds us that regardless of what we say, ask or think (positive or negative), God is able to do way more than the sum of our greatest hopes.
The Message version states it brilliantly:
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church!
Ephesians 3:20 MSG
When doubt sets in, the dream walks out! Is it time for you to pray, think and act in a way that believes and knows that our miracle working God is the God of Ephesians 3:20?
‘Sow to Go’
The gospel of Jesus Christ is free but it will cost you your life.’ That’s certainly true and to spread His great news to different parts of our country and this earth, there is a cost financially.
As a ministry, we are so blessed to have many volunteers that seek to make disciples, but we also need to pay key central staff and field workers who faithfully give their all to reach people through sport for Jesus.
To grow our work we have to grow a supported team and be able to help get them to where they need to be with the resources that they need – this is a great investment and we praise God for the individuals that support our work monthly or periodically; we couldn’t do it without this support.
We have opportunities like never before with new areas of the UK as well as doors opening in Europe, America and India but to be able to ‘GO’ we need more people to ‘SOW.’
Could you prayerfully consider giving financially to the work of WSM? If so, kindly contact us here and if you would like details of specific plans and budgets, we would be happy to share more information with you.