4 ways you can change lives through the Olympics

Photo courtesy Athletes in Action.

Do more than just watch this year’s Winter Olympics.

Athletes in Action is planning fruitful ministry around the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.

While you might not be able to attend the Olympics, there are plenty of ways for you to be a part of the ministry.
 

1. Pray for athletes, coaches and Olympic officials.

AIA is enlisting people to serve as Olympic Prayer Partners for the 2014 Sochi Games. Each person will be assigned the names of 3-5 Olympic athletes to pray for during the weeks leading up to and during the Games.

You can then take each specific athlete before the Lord and ask His blessing over their Olympic experience, His provision for their physical health and safety, and His dominion over their spiritual lives as they have the opportunity to encounter the various chaplains and ministry personnel who will be present at the Games.

Sign up here. 
 

2. Pray for the chaplains and others working with the athletes.

AIA leaders and staff representing over 10 countries around the world will be ministering to Olympians. AIA staff will have direct access to the athletes while acting in unique positions in Sochi: chaplains, advisers, counselors, coaches, trainers, and other administrative positions. 
 

3. Use BeyondTheUltimate.com and social media to share the athletes faith stories.

Look for these athletes in Sochi:

And did you ever hear the story of Paralympian Bonnie St John? It’s worth reading!
 

4. Show a friend or neighbor the Struggle & Triumph sports DVD.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic movement, said,

“The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”

Relive the struggles and triumphs of some of the world’s best athletes who represent the highest in personal achievement. It is the result of hard work and passion. But in the addition to their passion for sport, they share another passion, from which they draw strength for the competition.
 

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