St Paul’s Way: Good Deeds – Bob’s Story

posted Apr 27, 2017, 4:53 AM by Kirsty O'Grady

This week we’re thinking about the St Paul’s Way daily habit of doing Good Deeds. Sports minister bob was blessed by someone’s good deed not long ago so we thought we’d ask him to tell us all about it!

 “Last summer OneTwo sports ministries partnered with Wirral YFC and the 4, 6, 8 Project, Toxteth to run its first official Sports Holiday. The holiday was based in the Wirral at a location called ‘Barnstondale Activity Centre’.  The aim of the holiday was to attract as many young people around the Merseyside area to a sports specific holiday where they would get the opportunity to meet with Jesus daily. Barnstondale itself is an amazing facility, it had everything we needed from an outdoor sports field, and indoor sports hall, a multi-use games area, climbing wall, archery range, an outdoor BBQ area and a stunning log cabin for some much needed rest.

As you can imagine such a facility is pretty expensive. In fact it worked out at around £107 per child for 3 nights. This in itself didn’t seem too unreasonable for what Barnstondale could offer (as all the activities and food where included in the price). However, we felt the price per child may mean that majority of the children we (OneTwo sports, Wirral YFC and the 4,6, 8 project Toxteth) worked with would not be able afford the holiday. Amazingly we were given a grant of £1,500 towards the holiday, which meant we could charge £63 per child for the three nights – an amazing answer to prayer.

This year we wanted to use the facility again for the same sports camp – however we were not able to apply for the same grant of £1,500, meaning that that the holiday looked like it wouldn’t happen. After much prayer and consideration of what to do next, Barnstondale got back in touch with us and offered us the facility for the same price per child, fantastic news! We have been so blessed by the team who run Barnstondale (affectively giving us £1500 off the price), and just feel that this is where God wants us to be. Both myself and the team really excited to see lives transformed through the medium of sports ministry.” 

Bob Milton (Sports Minister) 

Originally printed in Newsletter 12.02.17