“Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people.”
– Michael W. Smith –
An early Merry Christmas! What a great time to reflect on the impact of the birth of Jesus! “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17)
Sports Outreach exists to change the world by restoring hope and transforming lives. Songwriter Michael W. Smith (quoted above) speaks to the end game, the result of that transformation. It has been our experience that as hope is restored through the compelling love of Christ, lives are indeed transformed and as a result – communities are transformed. It is a powerful thing to witness and we thank you for your valued participation, prayers, encouragement, and support!
Like any good story ours has a beginning and it is best told by those we serve: those who daily find their way to our locations for nourishment, health care, training, education, and encouragement. One individual who knows our story well is Arthur Lubembe from Nairobi, Kenya. Arthur moved to Nairobi to be near his brother. A street fighter and thief by trade, Arthur did whatever was necessary to survive. In a moment of despair Arthur realized that as a husband and a father he had to make some changes. He wanted a better life for his wife and children.
Arthur’s wife, Esther, was a Christian and she encouraged him to go to church and to consider all that he would hear there. After some resistance, Arthur found himself in a church and before long he made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. It was a new beginning for Arthur, but he still had no job.
Sports Outreach began working in Kenya in 2005 and its second hire was Arthur Lubembe! Arthur was an adequate soccer player but his real ability was in community building, encouragement, and prayer. People who knew Arthur saw the changes taking place as he was transformed from an angry, thieving street fighter to a compassionate sports minister and community advocate in the Mukuru slum of Nairobi.
Arthur’s warm smile, contagious laugh and big booming voice were used to welcome children and HIV positive women to Sports Outreach’s feeding, health care, and educational programs. In the past decade we have seen Arthur encounter and overcome many challenges as he has faithfully served the disadvantaged, sick, and vulnerable. Today the community of Mukuru is being transformed as Arthur and the rest of the staff share the hope of the Gospel!
Arthur would be the first to say that his personal transformation as well as that of the Mukuru slum is ongoing. But this exciting journey, so filled with love and grace, has a purpose, a vision, and a mission – “to Restore Hope and to Transform Lives!”
Read through our website for more amazing stories of hope restored and lives transformed by the compelling love of Christ!
Rodney L. Suddith, President