The first Sports Evangelism competition of the Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana has been held in Accra over the weekend with Akweteman Circuit lifting the coveted trophy.
Held at the Methodist University College (Dansoman campus), the thrilling event saw as many as 26 districts of the Accra Diocese taking part in the football contest.
The standard of skill and flair demonstrated by the players was quite commendable.
Explaining the rationale behind the event in an interview with the Times Sports, the Bishop of the Accra Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Samuel Kofi Osabutey, said most sportsmen are not carrying out sports in terms of kingdom values. “Our aim, therefore, is to begin to disciple our sportsmen to use and model kingdom values as disciples of Jesus who will then pass this on to their peers as a way of winning them to Christ.”
For his part, the Diocesan Youth Organiser of the Methodist Church, Rev. Ishmael Tetteh, said the event was to use sports and for that matter football as a rallying point to share the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
“We are using this platform to unearth sports and football talents to be developed as professions from among the youth of the church,” he asserted.
He said the exercise would tremendously help the young people to use their energies fruitfully “as the word of God transform the lives of those who are wayward and without hope.”
The Diocese plans extending the event to cover other sports disciplines aside football.
By Mercy Amparbeng