The Sports Outreach program has been a dream of ours ever since we started C.A.R.E. Africa in 2014. One of our 2018 goals was to start going into the community to find the voiceless and exhausted instead of waiting for them to come to us. We felt that a Sports Outreach program would be a way we could accomplish this. So in Feb if 2018 our Sports Outreach Program began.
The C.A.R.E. Sports Outreach program is both local and national. Every Monday and Friday we have football practice with our Egbe team called “The Vessels”. After practice we have time for discipleship and encouragement with materials such as “Heart of the Champion”. We have also partnered with a local pastor in Egbe who follows up with any of our youth who decide to accept Christ as their Savior.
In addition to our sports program in Egbe, C.A.R.E. Africa has partnered with churches in outlying towns such as Kabba, Mopa, Isanlu, Ayetoro, Odo Ere, Idofin and Ikole to conduct the Sports Outreach program. The Egbe team travels to play against a C.A.R.E. Africa Sports Outreach team in one of these towns. After each sporting event C.A.R.E. Africa has a time of evangelism with the youth of that town. Depending on the location, we may show a film and the Egbe team may stay overnight. The pastor of the local church we partner with in each of these towns helps to disciple any new believers.
Each quarter we also host a competition between our Egbe team “The Vessels” and a team outside of and within Egbe that is not connected with the C.A.R.E. Africa Sports Outreach program. The Egbe community really loves sporting events and everyone in the town comes out to watch the game and the presentation of awards. C.A.R.E. Africa will uses this time to share the gospel among those that have come to the competition.
We are really excited to see what God is going to do with the C.A.R.E. Africa Sports Outreach program. We do need help as the cost to run the program is about $3,000 a year (or $250 a month). This covers equipment and transportation costs in addition to evangelism materials.