Sports Friends has been present in Ghana for 9 years.
What are three of the biggest struggles for youth in Ghana?
Alcoholism. Teenage pregnancies. Poor parenting. Some parents don’t even care if their children have eaten or not, others are single parents. Their children go to school through primary, and that is it, they stop going. It is a parenting issue, they do not care. Sometimes our students abandon school to get daily bread by doing menial jobs, etc.
What are some of the particular challenges for your coaches?
One of the challenges for the coaches is the commitment and support of the church to the ministry. For example, they need a new ball and the church cannot afford one. So the ministry is not able to function with only minimal support of the church. Also, the coaches are volunteers, and some of them are not able to commit to the team and also go to work to provide daily bread for their family. In these cases, we advise the coaches to work during the week, and do sports ministry on the weekend.
In Ghana, what are some of the barriers to the growth of the ministry?
I think in most cases it is the issue of the number of new coaches that need to be trained. Also the availability, commitment, and support of the local church. The coaches are volunteering, and sometimes they feel alone and get discouraged. There is also a
What are some specific ways we can pray for you, for the coaches, the youth, and the ministry in general?
We need prayer for our coaches, that God will give them wisdom as they lead the youth. Pray for the coordinators in the denominations, for wisdom as they organize coaches training and events. Pray for me (Ben) and Josiah, who oversee the
What are specific ways you see God answering your prayers in Ghana?
The blessings are seeing youth and families excited about the ministry, seeing their lives changed. We are seeing young people giving their lives to Christ and seeing churches being planted; we’ve had four churches planted. Parents are stating they see their children changed, their attitude and character changed. Lives are being transformed.