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Wow! Stars Shine Bright in Malawi

Jun 26, 2020

It’s not surprising that Namikango has added athletic eventsas a part of their outreach to Malawians. Even before the education and training they would receive at university, missionaries Ben and Ryan Hayes were very accomplished athletes while attending Lubbock Christian High School. Obviously, growing up playing soccer (excuse me, “football”) in the fields of Kenya prepared them well to be outstanding athletes in multiple sports.
Ben Hayes played football, basketball, and tennis, making the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools(TAPPS) All State Football team his senior year and helping LCHS advance to the state playoffs for the first time in several years.
Ryan Hayes followed in his big brother’s steps also playing tennis, basketball, football; he even added track & field. In Ryan’s senior year, he made the All State teams in tennis and track & field. And his football team went undefeated, winning the TAPPS State Championship. Ryan made the All State Football team his sophomore, junior, and senior years.
Ben and Ryan would be the first to agree that physical training and accomplishments are, as Paul said, of less value than godly things (1 Timothy 4:8). But those physical abilities become godly things when they are used to spread the Gospel and advance the Kingdom, such as what is currently happening at Namikango; their value increases immensely as God takes our abilities and promises to do immeasurably more than all we could ever ask or imagine(Ephesians 3:20).
Go Namikango!
by David Langford, Namikango Mission Board