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

The Leaders of Sudan

With a deep desire to care for its children, the Sudan Interior Church has partnered with SIM to start a primary school, that educates and disciples those whom we pray will be the future leaders of South Sudan.

Multiplying help for the brokenhearted

God wants to heal the brokenhearted. Read more about the local facilitators who were trained to support wounded people and to teach others with the "Healing the Wounds of Trauma" program

Danja Fistula Center Brings Hope

Salome is the first person in her Nigerien family to attend school.

Trading death for life

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

Crossing Barriers with Coffee

A cup of coffee is so much more than a person's preferences – “milk or sugar?” Inviting a friend to share a cup of coffee is inviting someone to share life, the highs and the lows, and everything in between.

To Life at ELWA Hospital

Dr. Rick Sacra Named 2018 AMH Gerson L’Chaim Prize winner, Proceeds to Benefit ELWA Hospital in Liberia

God's plan for devastated Doro

Missionaries returned to the South Sudan settlement of Doro, just three months after the compound was destroyed by fighting between rival armed groups.

Cultivating a generous spirit

Let us accept that the itinerary and ministry of Elisha described in II Kings 4:8-17 fits the profile of a 21st century missionary. The question then is: Whose responsibility is it to care for Elisha?

Disability in Kenya: Reaching out to the Hidden and Forgotten

Life is tough for families coping with disabilities in Kenya. Working with the local church, Sports Friends Kenya believes it can make a long-term transformation in their lives.

God’s providence is perfect

Cera is a small ceramic community in the rural area of Loja Province. Read more about how God brought the Barbee family there to launch a missional business together with a small group of believers who are eager to make an impact in their own community.

From the overpass to the job market

Twice Lily* found herself standing on the overpass, wondering what to do with her life and how to make ends meet, as busy city traffic whizzed underneath. But God was about to do something good in Lily's life through CUP (Children's Uplift Program).

From the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

I awoke to the sound of the wind howling through camp. The walls of my tent shook violently as I glanced at my watch. It was just after midnight; in about an hour, our team would make the final push for Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania—Africa’s tallest mountain.

Longing to breathe free

Pastor Shravan has been in a terrible place of bondage to drug addiction. And now his life mission is to prevent anyone he can from staying in that dark, destructive place. Along with workers from the Urban Development Project (UDP), which helps connect and train slum churches to meet the needs of their communities, Pastor Shravan hopes to help others break free from drug and substance abuse in his city.

"Can I ask you a question about Jesus Christ?"

“Can I ask you a question about Jesus Christ?” That's what Ken asked me as we sat down in our living room, where I keep a Bible in the local language on display.

Banda Go: Helping healthcare heroes

Banda Health, an affordable IT solution designed by SIM’s Banda Health team, is at an exciting chapter in supporting healthcare heroes in their local low-resource communities.

“By Prayer to the Nations”: A must-read for missions enthusiasts

If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about SIM’s roots and fascinating history across generations, now you can.

"A radio program changed my life!"

"Waves of Hope" radio ministry makes a difference to many people in Loja, Ecuador. Read about a man whose life was changed and why we want to expand this radio ministry.

Speaking without words

Sometimes I fail to realise that God is the One who is truly at work. He doesn’t need me to say a single word in Swahili to move in the lives around us.

The Leaders of Sudan

With a deep desire to care for its children, the Sudan Interior Church has partnered with SIM to start a primary school, that educates and disciples those whom we pray will be the future leaders of South Sudan.

Multiplying help for the brokenhearted

God wants to heal the brokenhearted. Read more about the local facilitators who were trained to support wounded people and to teach others with the "Healing the Wounds of Trauma" program

Danja Fistula Center Brings Hope

Salome is the first person in her Nigerien family to attend school.

Trading death for life

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

Crossing Barriers with Coffee

A cup of coffee is so much more than a person's preferences – “milk or sugar?” Inviting a friend to share a cup of coffee is inviting someone to share life, the highs and the lows, and everything in between.

To Life at ELWA Hospital

Dr. Rick Sacra Named 2018 AMH Gerson L’Chaim Prize winner, Proceeds to Benefit ELWA Hospital in Liberia

God's plan for devastated Doro

Missionaries returned to the South Sudan settlement of Doro, just three months after the compound was destroyed by fighting between rival armed groups.

Cultivating a generous spirit

Let us accept that the itinerary and ministry of Elisha described in II Kings 4:8-17 fits the profile of a 21st century missionary. The question then is: Whose responsibility is it to care for Elisha?

Disability in Kenya: Reaching out to the Hidden and Forgotten

Life is tough for families coping with disabilities in Kenya. Working with the local church, Sports Friends Kenya believes it can make a long-term transformation in their lives.

God’s providence is perfect

Cera is a small ceramic community in the rural area of Loja Province. Read more about how God brought the Barbee family there to launch a missional business together with a small group of believers who are eager to make an impact in their own community.

From the overpass to the job market

Twice Lily* found herself standing on the overpass, wondering what to do with her life and how to make ends meet, as busy city traffic whizzed underneath. But God was about to do something good in Lily's life through CUP (Children's Uplift Program).

From the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro

I awoke to the sound of the wind howling through camp. The walls of my tent shook violently as I glanced at my watch. It was just after midnight; in about an hour, our team would make the final push for Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania—Africa’s tallest mountain.

Longing to breathe free

Pastor Shravan has been in a terrible place of bondage to drug addiction. And now his life mission is to prevent anyone he can from staying in that dark, destructive place. Along with workers from the Urban Development Project (UDP), which helps connect and train slum churches to meet the needs of their communities, Pastor Shravan hopes to help others break free from drug and substance abuse in his city.

"Can I ask you a question about Jesus Christ?"

“Can I ask you a question about Jesus Christ?” That's what Ken asked me as we sat down in our living room, where I keep a Bible in the local language on display.

Banda Go: Helping healthcare heroes

Banda Health, an affordable IT solution designed by SIM’s Banda Health team, is at an exciting chapter in supporting healthcare heroes in their local low-resource communities.

“By Prayer to the Nations”: A must-read for missions enthusiasts

If you’ve ever wanted to find out more about SIM’s roots and fascinating history across generations, now you can.

"A radio program changed my life!"

El ministerio radial tiene un impacto en muchas vidas en Loja. Lea más cómo una vida común ha sido movida y por cuál razón luchamos para extender la cobertura de la radio.

Speaking without words

Sometimes I fail to realise that God is the One who is truly at work. He doesn’t need me to say a single word in Swahili to move in the lives around us.