Summer 2012 Newsletter
Welcome to the first of my quarterly newsletters providing updates on some of my activities. I hope you enjoy reading about what God has been using me for.
Although my football playing days are behind me now, my mind still goes back to those weeks of tortuous and painful pre-season training throughout July and August each year. Those aching limbs and sore feet were the price to pay for laying a foundation for a good season, and without the hard work and preparation we knew nothing could be achieved.
The apostle Paul teaches us through his letters that in our spiritual life such perseverance and steadfastness, through testing and trials, brings its reward with the crown of life. It’s with this perseverance that I now embark on my new adventure with Jesus into full-time ministry.
Olympics are here
- By the time you read this I would have had the honour of carrying the Olympic torch in Portsmouth. A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, and one that I will always remember and treasure; I feel so humbled and grateful to have been nominated.
- Continuing with the Olympic theme, I had the privilege of speaking at the Sports Chaplaincy evening at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, along with Sky Sports Julia Immonen and Tim Plyming.
- Christians in Sport and Laura Moncaster organised a quiz evening and testimony at Canterbury Baptist Church.
- Rev Johnny Pozzo of New Malden Baptist Church invited me to attend their young people’s outreach event, where I enjoyed sharing and watching the England match, followed by a curry evening.
TV & Radio
It was great to meet up with Premier Christian Radio presenters Dave Rose and Bridgette Tetten to record an interview about my footballing career and my future ministry plans.
Off to the head!!!!
Back to school with my old deputy head Pastor Grant Bulmaro; this time I wasn’t in trouble but was invited onto Beyond Heaven’s Gate TV programme, transmitted on Faith World TV.
As the youngsters broke up for summer, sporting and educational programmes have drawn to a close. Once again we have seen God’s favour and blessings poured out, and with great excitement we await the new term.
Check out all that has happened and upcoming events @ faithandfootball.org.uk.
I’m looking forward to a full Autumn programme of events with prison visits, Alpha launches and TV interviews.
Perhaps I will meet some of you along the way.