Honest: New Coach for Sports Friends Malawi
by Luke Voight, Sports Friends Malawi
17 July 2012
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2As we approached the field, we couldn’t help but smile at the sight before us. Honest, at 6 feet 2 inches tall, towered in the middle of a rambunctious group of kids. They were jumping and chanting a praise song in Chichewa, the national language of Malawi. Every one of those mud-caked faces looked up at him as if he was their hero. I believe that God has shown us one of the few that the Lord of the harvest is sending into ripe harvest fields.
A few months earlier, Fostance Mtolo, national youth coordinator for the Africa Evangelical Church, and I met with the leaders of Honest’s church to cast a vision for sports ministry. The church showed lots of interest, and after a few weeks of prayer, the church selected Honest to start a church-centered sports ministry. So they sent him to the Basic Training in June 2012 to learn how to most effectively do it.
Honest arrived with a huge smile on his face. The joy of the Lord exuded from this guy. He was one of few youth who really understood the Gospel and how the Great Commission is not an option for a select few to obey, but a command for every follower of Jesus.
Through every training session, Honest burned a hole in his notebook writing down everything taught by the Sports Friends Ethiopian leaders who came to facilitate the training. But only time would tell if he would put what he was learning into practice.
The practical ministry session lasted a few hours, and then all the kids begged Honest to return the next day to teach them about God and soccer again. Nobody stops to play with these kids who are often shoved to the side and told to go away, but this big guy was inviting them to play. He looked at us and asked, “Where should we meet and when?” Now that’s the type of person we are looking for in sports ministry!
One week later, Honest had met with the rapidly growing group of kids five more times. He loves them and teaches them about the Lord at each training. God has awoken in him a passion to make disciples through the platform of soccer. He understands what Jesus means when He says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)
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photos courtesy of Jennifer Brady