chaplains: conduits for connection
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Chaplains play a vital role in the life and health of a team. Through the ups and downs of any given season, in both victory and defeat, chaplains are there to listen, encourage and pray with athletes and coaches in their care. Especially in times like ours, where uncertainty about the future is the norm and not the exception, the presence of a chaplain can be crucial for an athlete in need of spiritual support.
Through strategic partnerships with local churches, Athletes in Action has helped to launch successful sports chaplaincy ministries in more than 10 countries, including Nigeria, Ethiopia and Honduras. In 2021 we are planning to host vision and training conferences — designed to both establish new chaplains and accelerate existing opportunities — in 50 countries.
Two hundred AIA leaders will receive training through these events, but the impact doesn’t end there! The coaching these leaders receive will be passed on to 400 volunteers connected to AIA through churches and local sports organizations. In total, the goal is to equip 600 newly trained sports chaplaincy leaders by the end of 2021.
These new leaders already live in close proximity to the athletes to which they will minister. Because of this, they understand the unique circumstances of the community, and they are able to be present at the fields where athletes, especially youth, still unofficially gather to play a pick-up game, to see friends, and ultimately, to connect.
chaplains are conduits for that connection.
In the world of sports, chaplains are conduits for that connection. They walk alongside individuals in whatever situations they are facing: loss of opportunities, difficult family dynamics or loneliness in the midst of the pandemic. Most importantly, they share the hope that comes from knowing Jesus.
A generous donor has provided a $300,000 matching gift that will DOUBLE your gifts toward sports chaplaincy for the next 90 days. Will you be a part of training chaplains who will bring encouragement and hope to their communities?
$400,000 is needed for the four training conferences that will get these chaplains up and running ($100,000 per conference). Your gift will help reach these young athletes by training local chaplains who are dedicated to using the forum of sports to share the gospel of hope.
Chaplains do what no “outside” missionaries can, especially right now with all the COVID restrictions. They are “ready and waiting” to be trained, but funding is needed. Every dollar you invest today will bridge the gap to bring encouragement, connection and hope to athletes who desperately need it.