Community in Action: A Closer Look at Domestic Ministry
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hidden.”
Lynchburg, Virginia is aptly nicknamed the Hill City as it is set on not one, but seven hills. The light of God’s love shines brightly there, but as in all communities, there are many who still need to see His love in action and hear the truth of the Gospel. Ever since 2010, when Sports Outreach brought its unique model of sports ministry to Lynchburg through Kendall and Dominic Alvey, passionate coaches, partnering churches and organizations, and a host of faithful volunteers have all contributed to a thriving local network of relationships within the community. Through sports camps and clubs (soccer and basketball), chess club, and various special events, the city is being reached with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Sports Outreach offers a variety of ways to volunteer as well as local internships focused on discipleship and geared toward connecting interns with on-going projects and ministries. A special aspect is the Timothy Program, designed for campers aging out of the camp experience. The purpose is to train these youth in sports ministry through the camp environment as well as to encourage them to stay connected to Sports Outreach and their home churches.
“I’m so thankful for the Sports Outreach team and their heart for our kids. It’s such a blessing to have a place for them to not only learn to play the game but also how to share the love of Christ.” -Melissa
“[Coaching] was incredible. The Lord opened my eyes and broke my heart for the community.”
Before Lynchburg came on the scene Sports Outreach field staff members, Steve Clark and Steve Long, have had success using the sports ministry model in California and Texas respectively. Now living in Waco, Texas, Steve Clark works alongside a local basketball ministry, providing youth with basketball fundamentals and life skills. He also travels to Argentina on occasion to share the sports model with those planting churches in that country. Steve Long has been sharing soccer skills and Christ’s love amongst nearly 2,700 K-12 students in five Dallas-Fort Worth metro area charter schools. He also has the opportunity to mentor youngsters and speak the message of Hope at sports tournaments.
COMING TO A COMMUNITY NEAR YOU!
The team at Sports Outreach is praying big— trusting God to raise up able, willing, and passionate coaches to lead sports ministry initiatives in every state! Charlotte, NC is poised to become the next community to engage domestically with long-time advocate Rich Riehl (now Southeast Director), facilitating the effort.
STEPPING ALONGSIDE YOUR COMMUNITY
From international chess competitions to soccer outreach tournaments to Mexican youth leagues, so much goes on around the world that the Domestic Ministry sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Hopefully, you have gotten a glimpse of all that is going on right here in the U.S. Maybe you want to learn more or are interested in getting involved either personally or financially. You can do so by going to the Sports Outreach website or by contacting a Sports Outreach team member.
“Our daughter loves the kid’s soccer program at Sports Outreach. The coaches are enthusiastic and fun, plus they do an excellent job of teaching the skills of the game all while mentoring the children. We love having our daughter involved in a program that centers its focus around God. “ -Whitney
This month we highlight the Lipscomb University team (Nashville, TN) who served in Uganda from May 6-18, 2018. The image is of Lipscomb University mission trip takers as they visit with locals from Pugwini village in northern Uganda.
Step on the field with us!
Do you want to learn more about the work of Sports Outreach, we would love to speak with you.
Are you interested in short-term mission trip opportunities with Sports Outreach?
Do you know anyone who would like to be a coach or has a passion for sports ministry?