Christian athlete selected for the Paralympics
British athlete, Anna Sharkey, who has a Christian faith, has been selected as part of a team of five who will comprise the GB Goalball team at the forthcoming Paralympic Games.
Goalball is a dynamic, game of speed, strength and coordination, played by athletes with visual impairment. You can find out more about Goalball by downloading our new free resource, ‘Lasting Values’.
Anna is a follower of Jesus Christ and says: “I went along to a Spring Harvest and it was incredibly inspiring to know that I could actually have a relationship with God. I think the difference it makes is that you have no fear. To know Jesus is to know that this being who has created you and loves you would actually sacrifice Himself for you! I do things wrong – I am human. Everybody does. But I know my God, my Father in heaven loves me whatever I do”.
Please join Through the Roof in praying for Anna and Britain’s other Christian Paralympians whose profiles we will soon be featuring on our website and Summer Vital Link newsletter. This information has been provided by teaming up with our friends at Verite Sport who promote a Christian presence in sport based on the teachings of the Bible.
Photo credit to Goalball UK
Lasting values of the Paralympics
With three months to go until the Paralympic Games, Through the Roof has joined with ALOVE, the youth division of the Salvation Army, both contributors to More Than Gold's Paralympic Team, to launch ‘Lasting Values’ - a new free resource enabling schools and church youth groups to explore the values of the Games.
Available to download free ‘Lasting Values’ provides interactive, ready-to-use session content, based on the values of Courage, Determination, Equality and Inspiration, adopted by the Paralympic Games.
Each session offers leaders the opportunity to select from options of practical activities to explore with their young people. These include visual (video), active (disability sports and games), creative (arts/crafts/drama), and the experience of multi-sensory ideas, which engage all abilities in individual and group settings. The resource helps leaders apply the learning to the young people’s lives and also gives the option to learn principles of truth through Bible verses and prayer.
Tim Wood, Chief Executive of Through the Roof said: “The Paralympic Games offers the unique opportunity for the church to profile the needs of the most excluded people group - disabled people. I hope this resource can serve churches in helping transform attitudes to disability.” Co-author, Rachel Boyes, Strategic Development Officer for ALOVE, added, “The values of the Paralympics send a positive message to inspire us all in our communities. The resource provides creative ways to enable young people to explore the values and how to apply them in their own lives. ”
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