Fifteen footballers from the Jump Town Community in the Hopewell District, traded their spikes and jerseys for church wear on Sabbath August 31, 2019, as they joined in worship at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Hopewell. During the service, they were awarded medals and trophies for participation. They were also given Bibles during the three-weeks football competition.
“The primary objective of the Football league was to bring Jesus to the community” said Darren Murphy who serves as Pastor for the Hopewell District of Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Hanover and coach of the competition. “We wanted to introduce practical ways of improving critical thinking among the youngsters, hence the shortened thirty-minute version of the game. Each pass of the ball encouraged quick decision making, life skills...which we believe are necessary for young men. We emphasized goals, not scoring, but setting long and short term goals to win in life” he added.
Between August 11 & 25, 2019, the Jump Town community came alive each Sunday and Thursday Night, as teams of fours vied for the top spot while learning much about the Bible. Prayer was conducted ahead of each game, while varying offenses required the participants to read aloud Bible passages, eventually committing them to memory.
Many of the footballers attested to the fact that they felt an overwhelming expression of love from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as it impacted their community using the well-loved sport of football.
“The football league was good” said Christopher Chambers Senior, a member of the community. “It brought our community together. The Church is doing something nice and I want the church to do more of this. I love the Bible that I got! As a matter of fact, I put it in my car and everyday I want to read it. I am eager to visit the church” he added.
Over forty young people registered for the football competition, including a team of women.comments powered by Disqus