Sports are a huge area of interest here for the local boys and young men. We live on a small island where there is not very much to do. Sports are one of the few healthy outlets available. Basketball is the sport of choice, but there are also many people who play soccer, cricket, and softball. We also have a huge number of tri-athletes living here! There is at least one marathon, triathlon, or race, held every month. Sports are a universal thing that can easily break the walls that exist between cultures. Through sports we have a huge opportunity to reach those who would never step foot in a church. We need more people with a gifting and heart for sports to come play with, evangelize, and disciple the young men and athletes of our community.
The heartbeat of this ministry is to show the love of Christ to these young guys. Many of them are coming from broken homes or difficult personal situations. We see the need to establish trust and build relationships with these boys as a foundation for discipleship. As we are being Godly role models, it is our prayer that these young men will see Jesus in us, and be drawn into a loving relationship with Him.
We host pickup basketball games on our full-length court two days a week from around 4:00-7:00pm. We have new lights on the basketball court. On average, there are usually 20-30 guys from surrounding neighborhoods that come join us. Their ages range from about 14-18 years old.
In the summer of 2014 we started a skate ministry because many of the kids we work with are really into skateboarding. There are no skateparks on island and very few places where the kids can skate; especially together. So some of our staff guys and Mission Builders built some ramps, skate boxes, and a grind rail. When we have teams/volunteers we host skate Fridays at 4pm we have 10-15 kids show up and skate for about two hours. This is open to anyone and often the kids bring a friend of two. Towards the end there is a short bible study/sharing time. Several of the skateboarders are also in our discipleship program; they have been helping to lead these group times!
In the spring of 2014 we converted our sand court to a grass court. We now a have a beautiful playing surface that it all ready to go! We hope this will create even more opportunity for the Lord to open doors for us to minister in our community, and expand our sports ministry. We are not sure yet how this will look in the future, but until then our staff, teams, and the kids we work with are enjoying it!