Do more than just watch this year’s Summer Olympics in Rio.
Athletes in Action is planning fruitful ministry around the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with many staff members and volunteers in attendance. 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.
Sign up to be an Olympic prayer partner for the 2016 Rio Games. You’ll receive:
- The names of 5 Olympians along with information about their countries so you can pray for them during and after the Olympics.
- Updates about the ministry happening inside and out of the Olympic Village.
- Specific prayer requests from Olympic chaplains who are in direct contact with the athletes.
- Social media alerts to help spread the word about the prayer team.
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.
2. Show a friend or neighbor the Struggle & Triumph video.
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. The video is available in 30 languages.
“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.”
– Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic movement
3. Pray for the chaplains and others working with the athletes.
AIA leaders and staff members will be ministering to Olympians in Rio. AIA staff will have direct access to the athletes while acting in unique positions: chaplains, advisers, counselors, coaches, trainers, and other administrative positions.
4. Share the faith stories of the athletes, especially if they have an upcoming event.
Look for these athletes in Rio:
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