This summer, millions of people will pass through London. Some will come as athletes, some as coaches and trainers, and many more as family, friends and fans.
People from every nation and every faith background will be here – many for the first time at an Olympic Games. However, for Lay Witnesses for Christ International Sports Ministry (LWFCI), this will not be their first Olympics Games attendance; it will be the eighth time they have provided Christian ministry during the Olympic Games.
Lay Witnesses for Christ International (LWFCI) has become known as ‘Chaplains to World Champions’ because of their unending commitment to cater for the spiritual needs of athletes competing in the Games. Over the years, LWFCI has ministered to many of the world’s greatest athletes, including the Olympian of the Century, Carl Lewis.
During the 2012 Olympics, more than a dozen churches across London will hold LWFCI-partnered outreach events. Each evening, members of the LWFCI Stars for Christ teams will perform events that will include worship music of all styles; inspiration from pastors and Christian authors and speakers, and the sharing of testimonies and encouragement from world-class athletes, including past and present Olympians and other world competitors from a variety of sports.
Tony Jarrett, former sprint hurdling champion from England, and currently a motivator, coach and sports commentator, is one of the world champions who embraces LWFCI in their London Outreach.
Churches partnering with LWFCI for this summer’s outreach include KICC, Dominion
Centre, Christ Faith Tabernacle, New Wine, House of Praise, and many more. Leading up to the Olympics, Christ Apostolic Church in North London is hosting a series of prayer meetings to pray for unity and God’s blessing to abound in London.
LWFCI was started by Dr Sam Mings and his wife, Sharon. Dr Mings’ heart for evangelism has been the pulse of this ministry for more than 35 years. He and the LWFCI team are committed to one goal: using the platform God awards them to proclaim Jesus as the true Champion.
More than 200 missionaries from LWFCI will be on hand to serve alongside the London churches, including Christian athletes from many nations, who join them in this mission andwho will be speaking at the London events this summer. They anticipate that, because of the technological advancements in recent years, the opportunity to reach millions is not only possible, but very probable.