Change does not come about by sitting still and watching passively. Belgium needs young people who want to make a difference themselves! SportQuest wants to help municipalities to reach young people with the Gospel. We take on challenges through teamwork, dedication, commitment and service.
God wants to use you to make an impact in the lives of young people who do not yet know Him. So step out of your comfort zone and take on the challenge! The friendships you will build and the adventures you will have will give you the opportunity to be involved in God's heart for this world.
SportQuest is not just about sports, it is about building God's Kingdom. Through God's power and grace young people come to faith and churches are encouraged and built up. Sport and service are the language, young people the target group, municipalities the key, and relationship the necessity! SportQuest needs you!
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CONCRETE?
A SportQuest summer project always starts with a training camp. The training camp (for a weekend) is mainly devoted to team building, workshops and sports preparation, although there will of course also be plenty of room for fun and relaxation. The workshops are adjusted every year to prepare the athletes for their mission as well as possible. It is our desire to use the training camp to prepare the young people who will join SportQuest as well as possible for the weeks of ministry that await them.
After the training camp, the action will follow for weeks. In different groups, divided by sport, we go to local partner municipalities to support them in reaching young people. In the morning we take time for Bible study and sports preparation. Some municipalities also have a special program for the local youth in the morning. In the afternoon we then go to the sports field (sports hall, square, or sports field) where we meet the young people for a fun sports afternoon. SportQuest Belgium works on the basis of two models, namely Sport Clinics or Community Cup. In the evening there is usually team building with the young people.
Since 2000, Belgium is the longest-running Playing With Purpose (PWP) project that SportQuest has initiated. Every year the number of lives touched grows exponentially in our particular country. By partnering with local churches and sports clubs, you and your team will have the opportunity to use your sport to help people with their sports skills and be an example of Jesus in this world. We start the project with a three-day training camp aimed at bonding with your team and preparing you culturally, athletically and spiritually for the weeks that follow. After the training camp there is a week break before the sports weeks start. All athletes have the choice of how many weeks they want to be involved. During a project week you will have the opportunity to lead an energetic camp that will allow you to break down religious walls, build relationships and share your story with the community.
Teaching children in your particular sport will not only improve their skills but also build relationships. One of the most rewarding aspects of our camps is that you build a relationship with participants as well as church volunteers that provides a basis for talking to them about the faith. Like our motto, we bring faith, children and sports together to grow God's kingdom.
It is a special strategy to reach young people. The idea that we go to young people to play sports together on their field has been around since the beginning of SportQuest. In Belgium, football is by far the most popular sport and it is also the sport of choice to follow this model. During the week we go to the local square or football field and play together with the young people who show up in the afternoon. Our goal is through our way of playing, building respect and friendships with the young people and inviting them to come back the following days. What makes the Community Cup so special is our last day. Throughout the week we encourage the young people to put together teams for a one-day tournament that will be played on Friday. The teams battle it out among themselves who will become champion. Throughout the tournament there are additional prizes to be won, but more important are the opportunities to share testimonies and the Gospel with the group.