Sports Friends International

The Scars That Shape Us… Part II

The Scars That Shape Us… Part II

On October 22, 2019, we shared a bit of Dan and Corrie’s story and how, through their own set of trials, Dan and Corrie have reaped a joy that they could never have produced on their own. They have seen how easy it is in the comfort of the Western world to forget...

Coronavirus: A letter from Sports Friends Leadership

Coronavirus: A letter from Sports Friends Leadership

To Our Partners and Friends, The coronavirus is sweeping the globe and causing unprecedented challenges in virtually all sectors of society and in virtually all countries.  Sports Friends is working in 19 countries across five continents, in some countries...

Unclean!

Unclean!

One day, in-between soccer games, the boys on my team were annoying me a lot. They were not listening to the adults, they were messing around, kicking each other, saying unkind words to one another and acting out of control. On top of that, it was 100 degrees outside,...

Piercing the Darkness

https://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/africa/gallery/infiltrated-african-nyau-cult/index.html Coach John is from Malawi’s eastern region of Mangochi. This area is densely populated with followers of powerful religious cults that stand in opposition to the gospel of Christ....

Precious in His Sight

Half of Malawi’s population is younger than 15 years old. Fifty percent of girls are married by age 18; nine percent are younger than 15 when they are wed. The young men are prone to leaving (even their wives and children) to find better work opportunities in South...

Faithful in the Flood

www.reliefweb.int In January 2019, it started to rain. One tropical cyclone after another pounded southeast Africa, the most notable being Cyclone Idai, which made landfall in early March. Rivers rose quickly, and entire villages were simply erased from the landscape....

Hope for a Heavy Life

“Malawi is a land of extremes: extreme poverty, and extreme joy.” -Fostance, Country Leader, Sports Friends Malawi Sports Friends has been present in Malawi for seven years, and the ministry continues to grow. In 2018, Sports Friends Malawi saw more than 700 young...

Enock’s Bravery

Sports Friends coordinator Enock's* courage after a violent machete attack proved to be a powerful witness to the gospel in Malawi. He was due to lead a Sports Friends camp on the eastern side of the country when a hostile group of men brutally beat him. They left him...

That All Would Hear

That All Would Hear

Sports Friends Peru completed their first Basic Training of local coaches in 2013.  Headquarters for Sports Friends Peru is in Lima, the capital city of 11 million people, and the hearts of our full-time staff are to make the Name of Jesus known to all. These...

Wonderful to be a Coach

Wonderful to be a Coach

“A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” — John Wooden A once-dead parking lot near an urban church in the United States has become a Saturday-night spectacle. It’s the weekly Futsal* gathering. The nets and goals are set up to beckon 30-50...

The Scars That Shape Us

The Scars That Shape Us

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)  Dan and Corrie are no strangers to suffering.  Dan was born in Ethiopia to SIM...

An Unexpected Encounter

An Unexpected Encounter

People surge in from all over the world- eager to learn and meet new people. A steady hum of voices fills the large room. Booths are set up all over the with vendors eagerly waiting to testify about how God is working through their organizations in marvelous...

Voyage on Invitation 6:33

Voyage on Invitation 6:33

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 Invitation633 is a blog kept by a missionary family who see this verse as a motto in life. A couple with six children, they have just completed the...

By Prayer Alone

By Prayer Alone

"By prayer we view our calling. By prayer we respond to new and existing open doors to proclaim the crucified and risen Christ in communities where He is least known. Prayer reveals barriers and, by prayer alone, we cross them."  - Dr Joshua Bogunjoko, SIM...

Spend Yourself Well

Serving changes our lives. Surrounded constantly by all kinds of needs, we’re all daily presented with the opportunity to either give our lives to others, or try to keep them for ourselves.  Our Sports Friends staff in Nigeria know firsthand the struggles of life in a...

Trusting God With Our Unknowns

Trusting God With Our Unknowns

“But surely You wouldn’t call me to that, Lord!”  Exhaustion had hit me like a ton of bricks after serving a week at a football camp in Ethiopia and I was just certain that this was causing me to hear God incorrectly. Wasn’t God aware of the career I had...

Welcoming The Stranger

Welcoming The Stranger

I had the privilege of living and raising my kids in their early days of childhood in Malawi, Africa. My husband and I started the Sports Friends ministry through the local church and lived there for 6 years. The local churches are still running the ministry today and...

Beautifully Tough: An Inside View On Short-Term Missions

Beautifully Tough: An Inside View On Short-Term Missions

I have wanted to travel to Ethiopia for as long as I can remember. Even before I was a Christian I felt drawn there. So, you can imagine my excitement when that opportunity finally came. It was not a difficult decision to say yes to going to Ethiopia – I knew that is...

Why We Do Short-Term Missions

Why We Do Short-Term Missions

It’s always important to understand why we do what we do. Knowing ‘why’ we are engaging in mission directs the ‘how’, and that can be the difference between a good short-term trip and a potentially damaging one. Jesus’s last directive on earth was for us to go and...

Meet the Team: Dan Linsz

Meet the Team: Dan Linsz

We are really excited that our International Support Services team is growing with the addition of Dan Linsz. He will be serving as the team leader and based out of Charlotte, NC. Dan was born in Ethiopia to SIM parents and also grew up in Liberia. He and his wife,...

Your Guide to the World Cup and the Gospel

Your Guide to the World Cup and the Gospel

In 2014, over 3.2 billion people, almost half the world's population, tuned in to watch the World Cup in Brazil. In many ways, sports are a universal language. They unite people across countries, languages, and cultures. Sporting events inspire us and many of us can...

CAMPaign Giveaway

Every year we raise funds to send thousands of youth to camp. We are excited to have a giveaway this year with goodies from some of the countries we work in and several local Charlotte area partners! Share with your friends, family, give and make a difference! Here is...

A Long View on Short-Term Trips

Bryan Mills Seven years ago, I went on a short-term trip with Sports Friends, and was encouraged to see how God was using the simple tool of sports to introduce youth and their families to Himself. I came home humbled by God’s love for us and His pursuit of the lost....

Crossing Barriers Through Sports

All across the world, through the Sports Friends ministry and many other like-minded organizations, God is using sports to build His Kingdom.  How exciting to see God using something that the world is so passionate about to draw people to Himself! I recently returned...