Sports Friends

Sports Friends trains and equips local churches and church planters to use the platform of sports for church planting, evangelism and discipleship. Church leaders in many countries in Asia, Africa and South America are seeking new and creative strategies to relate with their youth populations. Sports is a magnet that attracts people and creates an environment where relationships can be built. This leads to opportunities to share the love and Word of God. 

Sports Friends' vision and focus is to develop sustainable sports ministry programs that are fully managed and funded by the local church. 

Come and Serve

Coaches’ Trainer 

Communications Coordinator 

Graphic Designer 

Internship Program Coordinator 

Media Specialist 

Ministry Development Leader 

Organisational Leader 

Partner & Fund Development Coordinator 

Prayers

1

Pray for God to bring the right people to fill our positions. Pray for provision and peace for those raising support and for those who are underfunded. 

2

Pray for our 10,000+ coaches. Pray that God would give them strength, wisdom, and joy as they mentor and disciple youth through their teams. 

3

Pray for the 150,000+ youth whom we serve, that God’s truth would be revealed and that they would become a generation devoted to Christ. 

4

Pray for strength, wisdom, and joy for all of our missionaries. 

5

Pray that our relationships with church denominations would continue to be fruitful and unified. Pray for open doors for new partnerships in all regions so that that we may train even more churches in sports ministry. 

6

Pray for special protection, favor, and wisdom for our many coaches serving in difficult and dangerous places, particularly in Northeastern Nigeria, Kenya, and parts of Southeast Asia. Pray that they would be agents of peace in these unstable regions. 


Stories about this Ministry

Transformed by short-term missions

For many years, I have felt that the Lord was calling me to something. I prayed for wisdom and clarity but a restless and unsettled feeling plagued me.

Sharing the light of Jesus with villagers in Niger

As soon as I get out of the car, I am greeted by six kids eager to learn. Their first question is: "Did you bring the video?"

Planting seeds of hope

The Esan region of northeast Thailand is often described as one of the hardest places to do ministry in Thailand. Christians are few and far between, Buddhism is strong, and drug addiction is widespread.

Light at the end of the tunnel

I took a deep breath and reconsidered my options. The most appealing choice for me would require us to backtrack several miles to the place we took the shot cut and then climb over a high mountain pass.

Are there other Christians at my University?

Universities are places where the faith of Christians is put to the test. They need encouragement to know they are not alone as believers and how to share the gospel with their classmates. Read more about how young students are being impacted through the ministry at the Universities of Loja.

Sacrifice and obedience, even when it's difficult

Hellen is a single mother of nine children. She works very hard to provide for her children. Every day she sells charcoal in Acholi Quarter in Uganda.

Lessons from a Peruvian prison

When I began working with foreign English speaking women on parole, I had no idea the work would include ministering to children, but when several women brought their children to the Bible study and we couldn’t provide child care, we had to get creative.

Bringing art and beauty to Kenya's trash heaps

What business does a group of artists have, visiting a huge rubbish dump in Nairobi, sitting in tiny shacks with the trash sorters, and bringing art materials to their kids?

Trading death for life

His name is Adam, and he was a witch doctor.

From noodles to soccer balls

Aof had gone to church for many Sundays and had said many “Amens” to the prayers people had prayed for her – but nothing really worked until she challenged God herself.

The seed planter

This week we were privileged to hear the testimony of a man whose life was eternally changed by a simple question. We invited Martin to sit around a table on our back porch to share with us how the Lord saved him, and how God opened his eyes to the truth of the Gospel. This is Martin’s story.

Encouraged and empowered: Helping women help themselves

Like most girls from her village, Khushboo grew up accepting the established gender roles. She would do housework in her parents’ home until the day she moved into her husband’s home, and she wouldn't leave their husband’s house until she was carried out – when she died.

Mark is making gospel connections in Ecuador

When you join any new community, it's a challenge to form relationships. With God, however, new relationships are often built in exciting and unexpected ways.

Jonny speaks up for Jesus in Bolivia

Our founding fathers' goal was to share the gospel in places it had never been heard; now many missionaries want to help believers build a lifelong relationship with Jesus.

No longer an orphan

Rachel is 17 years old, living in extreme poverty and raised by a single mother when her father died.

Dickens is spared for a purpose in Kenya

As his home life turned sour, Dickens decided that the streets were a better option for him. In just eight months, his environment turned him from a soft-spoken boy to a hardened thief.

The Rest of the Story

Bill determined to visit these Ethiopian church leaders in prison, pray for them, and seek their release. They had been beaten, tortured, and incarcerated for their faith. That is all that Bill remembered or heard of the story - until thirty-two years later.

One sugar cube helps the gospel taste sweet in Egypt

The challenges of sharing the gospel with people who do not know Jesus have barely changed in 125 years. Here, one of our gospel workers in Egypt shares what he has learned.

Against All Odds

The road was blocked by a massive boulder, and there was no way around it; we would be walking the last one and a half kilometres. An hour late might still be considered “on time” in this culture, but we were now 90 minutes late.

"God is Helping Me Build Good Relationships in a Tough Place!"

On walks to and from the workplace, people continue to stop me, asking if they can talk for a while. I really can’t wait to see what God has coming up next.

Transformed by short-term missions

For many years, I have felt that the Lord was calling me to something. I prayed for wisdom and clarity but a restless and unsettled feeling plagued me.

Sharing the light of Jesus with villagers in Niger

As soon as I get out of the car, I am greeted by six kids eager to learn. Their first question is: "Did you bring the video?"

Planting seeds of hope

The Esan region of northeast Thailand is often described as one of the hardest places to do ministry in Thailand. Christians are few and far between, Buddhism is strong, and drug addiction is widespread.

Light at the end of the tunnel

I took a deep breath and reconsidered my options. The most appealing choice for me would require us to backtrack several miles to the place we took the shot cut and then climb over a high mountain pass.

Are there other Christians at my University?

Las universidades son lugares donde la fe de los cristianos es puesta a prueba. Necesitan ánimo para saber que no están solos como creyentes y que pueden compartir el Evangelio con sus compañeros de clase. Lea más sobre el impacto que el ministerio juvenil tiene en las universidades de Loja.

Sacrifice and obedience, even when it's difficult

Hellen is a single mother of nine children. She works very hard to provide for her children. Every day she sells charcoal in Acholi Quarter in Uganda.

Lessons from a Peruvian prison

When I began working with foreign English speaking women on parole, I had no idea the work would include ministering to children, but when several women brought their children to the Bible study and we couldn’t provide child care, we had to get creative.

Bringing art and beauty to Kenya's trash heaps

What business does a group of artists have, visiting a huge rubbish dump in Nairobi, sitting in tiny shacks with the trash sorters, and bringing art materials to their kids?

Trading death for life

His name is Adam, and he was a witch doctor.

From noodles to soccer balls

Aof had gone to church for many Sundays and had said many “Amens” to the prayers people had prayed for her – but nothing really worked until she challenged God herself.

The seed planter

This week we were privileged to hear the testimony of a man whose life was eternally changed by a simple question. We invited Martin to sit around a table on our back porch to share with us how the Lord saved him, and how God opened his eyes to the truth of the Gospel. This is Martin’s story.

Encouraged and empowered: Helping women help themselves

Like most girls from her village, Khushboo grew up accepting the established gender roles. She would do housework in her parents’ home until the day she moved into her husband’s home, and she wouldn't leave their husband’s house until she was carried out – when she died.

Mark is making gospel connections in Ecuador

When you join any new community, it's a challenge to form relationships. With God, however, new relationships are often built in exciting and unexpected ways.

Jonny speaks up for Jesus in Bolivia

Our founding fathers' goal was to share the gospel in places it had never been heard; now many missionaries want to help believers build a lifelong relationship with Jesus.

No longer an orphan

Rachel is 17 years old, living in extreme poverty and raised by a single mother when her father died.

Dickens is spared for a purpose in Kenya

As his home life turned sour, Dickens decided that the streets were a better option for him. In just eight months, his environment turned him from a soft-spoken boy to a hardened thief.

The Rest of the Story

Bill determined to visit these Ethiopian church leaders in prison, pray for them, and seek their release. They had been beaten, tortured, and incarcerated for their faith. That is all that Bill remembered or heard of the story - until thirty-two years later.

One sugar cube helps the gospel taste sweet in Egypt

The challenges of sharing the gospel with people who do not know Jesus have barely changed in 125 years. Here, one of our gospel workers in Egypt shares what he has learned.

Against All Odds

The road was blocked by a massive boulder, and there was no way around it; we would be walking the last one and a half kilometres. An hour late might still be considered “on time” in this culture, but we were now 90 minutes late.

"God is Helping Me Build Good Relationships in a Tough Place!"

On walks to and from the workplace, people continue to stop me, asking if they can talk for a while. I really can’t wait to see what God has coming up next.