Sports Friends Kenya

Distributing Hope and Future

Distributing Hope and Future

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the face of ministry around the world, along with many other facets of life. In the low-income Kariobangi community of Nairobi, Sports Friends coaches have been engaged in food distribution projects while their ability to gather...

Kariobangi Food Distribution

Kariobangi Food Distribution

Written by Mercy Obwolo, our Sports Friends Kenya Office Coordinator "July 27th and 28th 2020 were marked out clearly in my calendar. I arrived at KAG Church Kariobangi around 9.00 am.  Sanchez, Judy, and a few coaches had arrived and they were...

The Widow’s Mite

The Widow’s Mite

By Joseph Mwaura, Sports Friends Kenya “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  (Galatians 6:10) This scripture from Galatians seemed to resonate with Grace when an...

Meet the Team: Mercy

Meet the Team: Mercy

What is your role with Sports Friends?I am the Sports Friends Kenya Office Coordinator. My duties include; Financial reporting/tracking.Liaising with East Africa Support Services when it comes to handling Event Expense Reports and Budget Request Forms.Working on...

Chasing Loneliness

Chasing Loneliness

In a dark home nestled among the dangerous streets of Kariobangi, Kenya, “Mama” sits at home with her mentally handicapped adult son. Her husband and daughter have gone away to work in the early morning hours, and her 6-year-old grandson is off to school. Mama’s...

Stepping into the New

Stepping into the New

The moment a child takes its first step or utters its first real word is unforgettable to a parent. A father or mother waits and anticipates with joy when their precious little one will courageously try something new (and a bit risky), then break into a whole new way...

A Tale of Three Souls

A Tale of Three Souls

Viktor plays on a Sports Friends soccer team in Kenya. He is 8 years old but doesn’t look much older than his six-year-old teammate Julius. Although we’re uncertain of all the details about Viktor’s life, his small stature suggests chronic neglect even before his...

A Chance to Belong

“It is one of the best practice sessions I have ever attended on this ground,” young Ben glowed during water break. That day, soccer practice had revolutionized his heart. It began a typical Saturday afternoon when the boys streamed onto the church compound. This was...

AROMA: Claire // Emily

Claire and Emily recently served with Sports Friends on a missions trip to Kenya for Messiah College AROMA student athletes. Interested in a short-term trip with Sports Friends? Find out more at: www.sports-friends.org/go Meet Claire:  A sheet of paper and a pen...

AROMA: Micah // Nate // Trevor

Micah, Nate, and Trevor recently served with Sports Friends on a missions trip to Kenya for Messiah College AROMA student athletes. Interested in a short-term trip with Sports Friends? Find out more at: www.sports-friends.org/go Meet: Micah We all have expectations....

AROMA: Emily // Nate

Emily and Nate recently served with Sports Friends on a missions trip to Kenya for Messiah College AROMA student athletes. Interested in a short-term trip with Sports Friends? Find out more at: www.sports-friends.org/go Meet: Emily Emily wanted to be bold in her...

AROMA: Megan // Kevin

Megan and Kevin recently served with Sports Friends on a missions trip to Kenya for Messiah College AROMA student athletes. Interested in a short-term trip with Sports Friends? Find out more at: www.sports-friends.org/go Meet: Megan It’s chai time! Every day in Kenya,...

The AROMA of Christ

The AROMA of Christ

Ready to serve? This team was!  A Revolution of Missional Athletes (AROMA) recently served with Sports Friends on a missions trip to Kenya for Messiah College student athletes. The AROMA program seeks to develop students' athletic excellence and Christian...

Beyond Shame

Beyond Shame

"From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not...

Under The Influence: Changing Lives Through Sports In Kenya

Under The Influence: Changing Lives Through Sports In Kenya

“A coach will influence more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.” - Billy Graham Kallu was a typical teen growing up on the Kenyan coast, spending most of his time hanging out with friends and playing pick-up soccer. He had finished...

A Game Changer

Being young and wanting to change the world seem to be synonymous these days. Young people want to make a difference, and they long to see the world better than they entered it. Repha, a 26-year-old woman born and raised in rural Kenya, is no different. Eager to be a...

Taking Hope to the Hard Places

It’s often in the hardest and darkest places of our world that we see the gospel flourishing. When civil war broke out in South Sudan, many were forced to flee their homes to the refugee camp of Kakuma in neighboring Kenya. It’s in this place of more than 50,000...

Don’t Go Far… Just Go!

Sports are a universal language. Whether you are a player or a fan, sports have a way of breaking down barriers and bringing people together. For our Sports Friends-trained coaches, it is an incredibly simple yet powerful tool that allows them to connect with the...

Reflections from a Short-Term Trip to Kenya

What a trip Kenya was… I am still trying to process everything that we saw the Lord do and all that we experienced. This is a trip that I can truly say I returned with a full heart and greatly encouraged by the work that is going on in Kenya, specifically through the...

Spared for a Purpose

By Shane Smith, Sports Friends Kenya God often allows us to go through hard times so that we may grow and, like a rock being tumbled and polished, become shiny and smooth. His goal is for us to become such a reflection of Him that He and others can see Himself in us....

A Sparkle in the Village

In a country where 61% of the population is under the age of 25, Kenya is a fertile ground for camping ministry. It was the second day of a recent Sports Friends camp in a rural Kenyan community and energy levels were soaring; the campers were having the time of their...

Wanyama in South Sudan

A year ago, Kennedy, one of our Sports Friends leaders, asked me if Sports Friends would provide ten soccer balls for Wanyama, a Kenyan missionary serving in South Sudan. I was reluctant to supply the balls since Sports Friends is not working in South Sudan, I had...

The Greatest Wisdom of All

By Mia Smith and Lemmy Dalano, SF Kenya Remote camps have been a major focus for Sports Friends, designed to deeply impact communities that otherwise wouldn’t be drawn into the ministry. One particular camp, stationed within an unreached people group in Kenya,...

Putting Down Roots

By Shane Smith and Lemmy Dalano, SF Kenya Njoroge didn’t mind the two hour bicycle ride to church. He took great pleasure in worshiping with other believers and there wasn’t a place he could do that in his town. Njoroge pedaled faithfully week after week… for two...