Christianlympics: Bringing People to Christ Through Sports

October 9, 2008 at 2:50 am Leave a comment

xtainlympics.jpgAdewale Oshodi was at a seminar where a number of strategies were discussed for making a success of proposed Christianlympics, a games fashioned after the Olympics, and aimed at bringing more people, especially the youth, to Christ and discovering new talents. He reports.

WORSHIP centres like churches and mosques can be
found on almost every street in Nigeria today. Their popular mode of
getting God’s mind across to the people is the sermon, which many have
come to hear over and over again.

However, while the sermon easily reaches out to the people, the
Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Oyo State, Barrister
Michael Lana, got a vision to put together Christianlympics, a sporting
event in the mould of the Olympics, which would be used to channel the
latent energy in youths on positive paths, in addition to bringing them
closer to God in their journey through ministering to their souls
during the event.

And precisely
on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, stakeholders overseeing the proposed
Christianlympics held a seminar in Ibadan, Oyo State, where discussions
were held on how to make the games a success.

While declaring the seminar open, the Archbishop of the Catholic
Archdiocese of Ibadan, Felix Alaba Job, said the seminar was aimed at
finetuning strategies for achieving a successful competition.

Archbishop Job said the visioner of the Christianlympics, Barrister
Lana, was reaching out to stakeholders to bring their expertise to bear
on the planning. “And that is the reason why this seminar is holding,
where eminent scholars will present papers on how to make Xtianlympics
a success.”

While speaking, the
chairman, Main Organising Committee of the Xtianlympics, Chief
Theophilus Akinyele, said the seminar was aimed at sensitising the
public on the games, while attracting and winning the interest of
potential volunteers, sponsors and partners.

Chief Akinyele further stated that the event, otherwise called Agape
Games, wouldcombine sports, entertainment and evangelism (SEE) to bring
Christians and non-Christians all over the world to meet, connect and
interact in an atmosphere of joyful liberty, irrespective of race,
denomination or doctrine.

In her
speech, the Acting Chief Justice of Oyo State, Justice Badejoko
Adeniji, commended the initiator of the event, saying it would help
reduce the various vices in the society, like stealing and robbery,
cultism, drug and human trafficking, prostitution, examination
malpractices, among others.

Justice Adeniji charged parents to always take care of their children’s
material and spiritual needs at all times, saying this would help
prevent them from taking to crime to survive.

Speaking on the economic implications of the Christianlympics, the Oyo
State Head of Service, Dr. Ebenezer Okebukola, stated that just like
the Olympics always impacts on the economy of a host country, the
Christianlympics would also have its positive impact on the host state
or country.

Dr. Okebukola, while
commending Barrister Lana, said the Christianlympics is an emerging
evangelism tool in the Christendom, aimed at unifying Christians all
over the world for sound spiritual and physical development.

“It
also cements friendship between Christians and non-Christians who would
also be encouraged to participate actively in the events,” the Oyo
State Head of Service remarked.

Chief Gbadebo Falayi, while speaking, said since sports is a veritable
means of bringing people together, the idea of using it to evangelise
the people, especially the youth, is a good one.

He said the games are scheduled to hold between October 16 and 19,
2008, and this would then be used to plan ahead for the international
version coming up in 2009.

Among
the events that would hold are athletics, football, basketball, table
tennis, ayo game, etc. and they would hold at the Adamasingba Stadium
in Ibadan.

Chief Falayi then
called on wealthy individuals, corporate organisations, sport
federations and even governments to support the event, as it would lead
to the discovery of new talents in sports.

Thanking the people for their support, Barrister Lana, explained that
the idea was to bring youths out of the streets and make them put their
energy into a positive cause. He said the event would herald the
discovery of new talents in different sports categories, while also
producing decent and godly youths.

Source: Nigerian Tribune

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