Meet the Intern: Matt Stone

Where are you from and how did you find out about Sports Friends? 
I’m from a small town in England called Shrewsbury, and I found out about Sports Friends after showing an interest in sports ministry, then sending a few emails, and subsequently finding Sports Friends Perú!
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What made you want to do a sports ministry internship?
I am hugely passionate about Jesus and Sport, therefore, doing sports ministry seemed to make sense. I feel that God has placed this on my heart and this internship is just the start.
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What was the highlight of your time interning in Perú?
Tough one! I have many memorable moments, but I feel this question is probably meant in terms of ministry. My first coaching session in Spanish is probably the highlight – and doing the devotional afterwards was particularly rewarding!
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What challenged you the most?
Most definitely the frustration with the language. It made me feel caged at the beginning not being able to express myself. Thankfully it’s a bit better now.
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What advice would you give someone wanting to do a cross-cultural sports ministry internship?
Learn about the culture of the country BEFORE you arrive so you don’t unintentionally offend anyone. Also, (I’m going to give 2 pieces of advice), it’s absolutely worth doing! I have grown so much in my faith.
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What’s the strangest thing you have eaten while living in Perú?
Well, as I answer these questions I’m actually still here, so the potential to eat guinea pig is still there. But so far it’s probably been Ceviche which is raw fish in a lemon sauce.
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What is one food you are excited to eat when you get back home?
Roast beef dinner with plenty of Yorkshire puddings and roast potatoes!
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What is your favorite sport? Who is your favorite team?
Football – Liverpool. And yes. I’m still sad about losing the Champions League final.
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Interested in interning with Sports Friends? Find out more on our website.

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