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Building relationships through basketball

Crew on board Logos Hope signed up to play in a basketball tournament. The basketball club was created by a local church to protect young people from environments of violence and drugs.

Jamie Fugill (United Kingdom) explains, “Any sport can be used to bring people together and basketball is a great way to do that; it helps people connect to each other. Through that, we can tell people about Jesus.”

Basketball can be competitive, which gave the crewmembers an opportunity to tell the children and teenagers other important things: there is also teamwork and building relationships. The volunteers encouraged them to see God in everything they do, even in basketball.

“We mentioned the idea of setting up a basketball competition between their churches so there can be unity within the church in Barbados. They could have fellowship in the church through this,” says Jamie. It was important to him and the crew to show love to them and bring glory to God. “I hope that what we told them will stick on their minds.”

Sarah Farley (South Africa) told her team that she was brought up in a Christian household. Her father taught her how to read the Bible which gave her passion for it. She told them, “When I was seven years old on Christmas Eve, I felt touched by the Holy Spirit. I was filled with love and gave my life to God.”

Sarah nevertheless also experienced hardship when other children made fun of her in school due to her faith. Still, she continued to choose God. Through her story, she hoped to encourage her team to make the right choices in life. “It was a good experience,” Sarah feels. “I was there for God to use me; I hope we planted seeds in their hearts.”

Dean Squires, who arranged the tournament, says, “The children had a really good time, it was above and beyond for me.” Dean was impressed by the crewmembers’ skill and passion. “A parent told me what a wonderful day their kid had. The kids were giving full attention to every word shared by the volunteers.”

After the games were over, Logos Hope’s team prayed with the youngsters and gave each one two items of clothing.

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