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

Called Back Home

Servio and his family obeyed when God sent them home to plant a church in a remote town of Loja province.

The Hassaniya People of the Kayes Region of Mali

Imagine you were one of the only believers among your people. Your friends, neighbors and loved ones knew nothing of the forgiveness, salvation and beautiful promises of Jesus. How would you feel? This is the reality for Oumar*, a Hassaniya brother in Christ from Mali whose prayers have gone before the Lord for his people for many years.

Restore Hope to the Vulnerable

After a long journey of mistrust and abuse, these were the healing words that Koli* heard at the Children’s Uplift Program (CUP): “It’s not your fault. We love you no matter what happened in your past. God loves you.”

Evangelism: The Foundation of Missions

2 Tim 4:2, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.”

Changing the world starts with one camper

We have witnessed God use a single camper to transform an entire village for His fame.

What if God calls you to be an architect?

Our professional callings are pre-ordained to be spheres of service to God.

Equipped and edified

Daniel started this course for young leaders with little expectations. But, on top of the ministry focused training, it turned out to be a life-changing personal experience.

“The mountains have burst”: Zimbabwe under Cyclone Idai

When the floods came to Chimanimani, it was as if the mountains exploded "The people said, ‘the mountains have burst,’” said SIM Zimbabwe Director Caiphas Ngarivhume

Cyclone Idai has brought devastation to parts of Mozambique

Cyclone Idai has brought devastation to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. SIM’s Disaster Relief Fund is being mobilised to help survivors.

SIM relief aid response heads to Mozambique flood zone

Relief supplies from SIM and its partners are on their way to help flood victims in southern Mozambique. They should arrive before the end of March.

SIM missionary forerunner called home

It is fitting that Andrew finished his missionary career in a similar fashion to how he began it, as a pioneer of new ministry ventures for SIM, empowering people to serve in those least-reached places of the world where people are living and dying without knowing Christ.

Loving our neighbours at a cost

Crossing cultural barriers to demonstrate concern for minorities in China

Launching the project “Let's Mobilise His Church” in Spanish

Mobilisation is not just about sending missionaries, but also about encouraging all the people of God to participate in the mission of God.

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.

Called Back Home

Servio y su familia obedecieron cuando Dios los envió a su pueblo natal para plantar una iglesia en la provincia de Loja.

The Hassaniya People of the Kayes Region of Mali

Imagine you were one of the only believers among your people. Your friends, neighbors and loved ones knew nothing of the forgiveness, salvation and beautiful promises of Jesus. How would you feel? This is the reality for Oumar*, a Hassaniya brother in Christ from Mali whose prayers have gone before the Lord for his people for many years.

Restore Hope to the Vulnerable

After a long journey of mistrust and abuse, these were the healing words that Koli* heard at the Children’s Uplift Program (CUP): “It’s not your fault. We love you no matter what happened in your past. God loves you.”

Evangelism: The Foundation of Missions

2 Tim 4:2, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.”

Changing the world starts with one camper

We have witnessed God use a single camper to transform an entire village for His fame.

What if God calls you to be an architect?

Our professional callings are pre-ordained to be spheres of service to God.

Equipped and edified

Daniel started this course for young leaders with little expectations. But, on top of the ministry focused training, it turned out to be a life-changing personal experience.

“The mountains have burst”: Zimbabwe under Cyclone Idai

When the floods came to Chimanimani, it was as if the mountains exploded "The people said, ‘the mountains have burst,’” said SIM Zimbabwe Director Caiphas Ngarivhume

Cyclone Idai has brought devastation to parts of Mozambique

Cyclone Idai has brought devastation to parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. SIM’s Disaster Relief Fund is being mobilised to help survivors.

SIM relief aid response heads to Mozambique flood zone

Relief supplies from SIM and its partners are on their way to help flood victims in southern Mozambique. They should arrive before the end of March.

SIM missionary forerunner called home

It is fitting that Andrew finished his missionary career in a similar fashion to how he began it, as a pioneer of new ministry ventures for SIM, empowering people to serve in those least-reached places of the world where people are living and dying without knowing Christ.

Loving our neighbours at a cost

Crossing cultural barriers to demonstrate concern for minorities in China

Launching the project “Let's Mobilise His Church” in Spanish

Mobilisation is not just about sending missionaries, but also about encouraging all the people of God to participate in the mission of God.

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.