Sports Evangelism – Kumasi City.
by Ed Arcton
Sports evangelism is now finding it breakthrough into our local Churches here in Ghana. Rescue Sports Foundation seeks to pinion and champion this course and be a ring leader in this effort with the strength of the Holy Spirit. To achieve this goal RSF hosted Jimmy Larche, founder of Breakaway Sports USA in Ghana for sports outreach. Jimmy arrives at the Ghana Airport on Friday afternoon 22nd February 2019. He was welcome by the Director of RSF and Board Chairman. Straight away we set off from the City of Accra heading to Kumasi City for the sports evangelism outreach and arrives same today.
It was 5 to 6 hours drive. Going out of the city was a slow motion and entering into another city did the same owning to traffic congestion. However, we made it by the Grace of God, even though stressful and a long journey on the highway. The travelling mercy of God was with us and the peace of God gloom our hearts as we landed in the city of Kumasi. It was night at our arrival and we find rest for the night waiting to see the brightness of the day with its glamour and glorious sunlight at Kumasi city.
Before mid mornings we were on the field with different groups of disabilities sports teams waiting for our arrival and massage.
Jimmy Larche from Breakaway begins by sharing the Love of God reveal in his Son Jesus Christ to our audience. Goodnews is what God gave us in his begotten Son Jesus Christ. Heaven is our eternal home. This life on earth is temporal not permanent. Our physical conditions are not forever, and our disabilities will change in the present of our God. In heaven we will be different and be made like Him. This was Jimmy Larche speaking.
Rev Arcton added and said, no matter how we look like in the eye of people and no matter how people view us to be, the truth is this, God made us all in his own image and likeness. The Psalmist says we are fearfully and wonderful made by our God. Hear the words of King David saying …“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well”. (Psalms 139:14)
Therefore, self acceptance and appreciation to God for who am I and who we are is a victory over challengers. Thanking God for giving us life and having Jesus in my life is the greatest joy and achievement. He said further that in life, we are not equal in positions, we are not equal in functions however, we must understand that we are all equal in IMPORANTCY. God made it so. Be grateful and give God thanks everyday when the darkness of night blows away by the wings of the wind and thereby we can see the brightness of the dawn and gazing on beauty of the sunlight. If you’re able to wake up and breathe in fresh air all day long, be thankful. This is not by chance as other may think, it’s absolutely Gift of God. Let’s us rejoice and be thankful unto our maker, Our Lord and our God.
Coach Ben Annor, the Director of Rescue Sports Foundation was our host, the Lord is with him. His calling and Ministry is to preach Christ Jesus and make HIM known through the vehicle of Sports Outreach. More importantly to reach out to the disabilities people group in our society neglected, ignored by many and look down upon as people rejected from families and homes. He believes the power of the Gospel, and sharing the Love of God in Jesus Christ is sufficient and have the power to bring regeneration and transforms human life from nobody to somebody.
Sports world is our Mission field, unreached and non-evangelized with the Gospel. Our aim is to reach out to evangelize and make disciple for Christ through sharing the Love of God and living the power of the Gospel in sports fields around the globe. The sports world needs people of God to witness the power of the Gospel and live the Love of God among them today.
We met with different disability sports teams. Such as —
- Amputee Soccer Team
- Deaf and Mute Rugby and Handball Teams
- The Blind Team
- Wheel Chair Team
- Church Juvenile Teams
- All Coaches
- And Others
The message of the Gospel was delivered in love to each of the sports disciplines.
At CPC Sports field Jimmy Larche begin his Baseball Sports training with the youth. It was awesome! The Juvenile teams were there to display their soccer skills. The message of the cross was presented to them. The Pastor of CPC was there in person and gave us his full support and blessings. He also refreshes us after the program. We are indeed grateful.
Suddenly hours runs faster than we would have considered. The evening hours appears. Telling us, it’s time to take a break from daily activities.
The night quickly flew away. Sunday morning comes; it’s the Lord’s Day we were at PIWC hall for worship service. Officially welcome and introduced by our host Pastor and Leaders. Pastor Jimmy stated our purpose of visit, which is Sports evangelism. The Pastor of PIWC preached powerful message, we were bless by the sermon. Soon the Church service was over at about 9:30 a.m Sunday morning. Therefrom we set off to the CPC Church for another Church Service, we arrives and as usual, were officially welcome and introduce by the Pastor in charge. Pastor Jimmy Larche was the main guest preacher. The Love of the father was his message to the church. It was powerful message delivered with boldness and with passion for the lost, which touches everyone at Church. Soon again Church Service was over. The Host Pastor Rev Achia invited us for Lunch. We say thank you Pastor.
After waiting awhile the TV clues arrive for an interview on sports outreach. Pastor Jimmy Lache and Rev Arcton spoke on air to the TV Clue when they arrived at the Church Hall.
By 4:30 pm we were on our way to PIWC Church Hall for RSF Board of Directors meeting with Jimmy Larche. The meeting began at 5:30 pm, Rev Arcton Chaired the meeting. It last for the period of two hours. The Board discussed matters of interest with Pastor Jimmy Larche to establish a common ground for partnership, cooperation and exchange of ideas to advance sports evangelism and missions globally.
New Board Chairman Elect.
In conclusion, the Board agreed on numbers of issues and identify areas and platform to work together with Breakaways Sports USA, to advance Sports Outreach Ministry around the global. Before meeting came to a close the Board elected Rev Ed Arcton as their new Board Chairman with Mr. Kwabena Adu Baah as Vice Chairman to run the affairs of the Rescue Sports Foundation. The day activities were sealed with a prayer after the Board meeting came to closure. The minutes of the Board meeting is here
Thank be unto our God for a successful evangelism mission at Kumasi City, Ghana.
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