Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.
-2 Corinthians 4:1-
The staff of Sports Outreach is much like most of you always on the go! In a few short weeks, I will be back visiting my friends and fellow staff members in Nairobi, Kenya. While I am not sure what each day may hold for me there, I do know that each day will be busy! That is the nature of what Sports Outreach is called to do to serve the poorest of the poor, to Restore Hope and Transform Lives, to feed, to educate, to train, and to disciple. To grow God’s kingdom on earth takes a lot of energy, passion, and commitment. It also presents daily opportunities to be discouraged.
Working in Nairobi over the years, staff members have faced numerous challenges, but staff leader Francis Juma once shared that we had no reason to fear or worry because God promises in Isaiah 54:14 that “In righteousness, you shall be established.” What a great insight! But what does being established in righteousness mean? It means that you have righteousness as your very foundation for security.
The calling of Sports Outreach is to step off the playing field and into the lives of others, thus building relationships to help individuals and communities to be restored, transformed and established! That is our goal and yes, it is hard and challenging, but we do not grow weary or lose heart because, together with you, we remain established and motivated by compassion and urgency. We are busy-but busy with a purpose!
What a privilege to witness the reduction of worry, anxiety, and fear among those we serve in Nairobi. Thank you for your part in seeing this work grow from infancy to being rooted and established. Like our friends there, you have not lost heart, but continue to share the journey as we move forward to finish the task. You a valued and appreciated!
President Rodney L. Suddith
& the Sports Outreach Ministry Team