A SPORTS’ MINISTRY IN WESTERN ZAMBIA: The Western Province of Zambia has 16 districts and as a sports ministry, we aim to reach out to all the districts. Soccer balls are the tools we use to partner with football clubs in the rural areas, to be able to visit schools and to share the love of Jesus Christ. the project cyrus, founded in 2015, aims to provide an extensive bible study program in schools and football clubs to meet the spiritual needs of young people in the surrounding communities. And by doing this, people who have never heard about God will be introduced to the gospel..
To create a lasting impact for all the players we train that they can know God and trust in him, gain confidence in themselves, have sound life values and an access to education To fight fatherlessness in discipling coaches to be a role-model to the children they are working with to offer high quality sport training to children, teenagers and young adult, teaching them life values and the Gospel of Jesus, in the hope of seeing more high profile players sharing publicly and boldly their faith in the national and international sport world.
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In Mongu, capital of the Western Province, children growing up in poor communities, lack structured activities, parental guidance and are often unschooled, the families being unable to pay school fees. The main aim of the project is to give the children a structure and the means to develop through education and sport between the ages of 7 and 18. Although Zambia is a Christian nation and most people believe that there is a God, few understand the need for a change of lifestyle and a daily walk to grow into Christ likeness. Children are exposed to alcohol very early and the rate of teen pregnancy is high. Therefor we chose to work on these 3 angles: sport activities, school sponsorship and Bible discovery.
Need: finacial access to education Goal: Give every child an opportunity to complete their education Our solution: By ensuring all players are enrolled in school, attending and striving in their learning, we know they will have better chances in the future to find stable employment and break the cycle of poverty they were born in. ..
Need: structured activities and parental guidance. Goal: Transform the communities by enabling kids to dream bigger and step out of the poverty cycle. With the proper training some could reach professional sport level. Our solution: Team sport is not only for leisure and health, it offers children numerous life values like respect, perseverance and fair-play. Being occupied in structured activities, and being encouraged and disciplined by the coaches, they are less likely to fall into alcohol abuse or teen pregnancy. .
Need: Bible understanding, personal faith and discipleship Goal: Create true disciples of Jesus who are able to read and understand the Bible and share the Gospel wherever they go. Our solution: We believe that without faith there is no hope, and teaching these children and their families how to have a personal relationship with Jesus the saviour, will transform the community in a deeper level than just socio-economic. Our teams have Bible discovery sessions on the field with their coaches and receive home visits for personal encouragements.
Hi my name is Lana. I originally went to Mongu April 2010 as a nursing student from Canada. Since then many students have gone to teach, learn and be a part of the community. It’s always been a special place for me. In April 2019 when I was able to go back with a group of health care professionals were going to teach I took full advantage of it. I knew that Banks was using soccer as a team building exercise for his group and that would be a great place for me to connect back to the community. I love soccer and what it has done for me as a women and as a team player. My women’s soccer teams from Canada were amazing and sent with me a tremendous amount of equipment and gear that I could distribute for the kids. I was even able to bring down a set of pink jerseys for the female soccer players! What an amazing experience to see and join those kids and teenagers in a game of soccer. Soccer really is a simple game but provides so many valuable lessons.
"We even got the opportunity to play soccer with the local kids, and it was truly an honor to be involved with the work that Banks and his team has done for the children in the community. Sincerest thanks to Banks and his team with the Project Cyrus: OkaZHI is forever grateful for the ongoing support and commitment to promoting healthy habits for children and youth in Mongu. ".
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Another incredible afternoon!! Our children in Mongu visited the children in Nalusa village and played soccer against each other. Beautiful afternoon full of excitement!!.
Another incredible afternoon school shopping with these awesome children!! A huge thanks to all our sponsors!! You are making a huge difference.
We usually have friendly matches every month, we usually arrange with teams from other villages around and get together for a game, but everything has been paused due to the fear of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
We organise small tournaments with teams from the district and around the village, these tournaments are very exciting and gives the local villagers something to look upto as we have grown to become a team for the community. We wait for the day when we can play again
A follow up on their school performance.