The Philippines is a basketball-craze country. Filipinos—young
and old—all over the country love to play basketball.
CHILDREN SPORTS FELLOWSHIP (CSF)
is more than just plains sports. It is more than just a sporting competition.
It is more than just a sports development. It has a moral, ethical
and spiritual content that can never be found in the program of other sports
organizations. At CSF sports development is soul/character development
of the young—moving towards becoming the persons they were created to be
and deeply need to become.
As a matter of fact, CSF caters to the whole man as he is designed by
Physical Dimension. Creation theologians affirm that our
human body—intricately and miraculously woven and fashioned—is a gift from
God. Hence, the creation mandate to take care of the physical universe
includes our stewardship to enhance and develop our physical well-being.
One way to do it is through sports. Disciplined physical training
finds its anchor in the Scriptures (1 Tim. 4:6-10).
Mental Dimension. Our physical well-being sharpens our
mental perception. A sluggish mind is a resultant effect of a sluggish
body. Our physical health has a direct bearing with our mental health.
Social Dimension. Sports fosters camaraderie and our sense
of humanity. Dr. Alfred Adler, a psychiatrist, speaks of it as “an
inborn social feeling—a connectedness of the whole cosmos within us.
It is part of being a human being.
John Donne, in the same vein, writes: “When someone dies, a part
of me dies for I am a part of the great humanity.”
Indeed, politics divides but sports unites. Human ideology
polarizes but sports unites. Sports makes us “indivisibly united”
(Dr. Bruce Milne’s words).
Spiritual Dimension. A philosopher says that meaninglessness
and/or emptiness plagues our age. Emptiness within and emptiness without
is what we are. Emptiness within is the resultant effect of the meaninglessness
of life. There is an “unheard cry for meaning” (Viktor Frankl).
Since time immemorial man has been seeking the ultimate meaning to life.
However, the quest for life’s meaning leads us to a Spiritual Being. .
.called God. For God “explains” everything. He explains the universe.
He explains life and the meaning of human existence. God “answers” the
question: “What am I living for?”
Children Sports Fellowship (CSF) will lead kids and teens
to a saving and relational knowledge of a knowable God in the person of
the Lord Jesus Christ.
In the words of St. Augustine: “Lord, You have created us for
Yourself, Oh God, and our soul is restless until rests in You!”
Thus, CSF’s timely slogan: “In
Touch With God and Man . . . Through Sports!”
CSF PROGRAMS OF ACTIVITIES
Sports Evangelistic Camp (Ball and Bible)
Precious Heritage Children's Home, Inc. uses Sports as the avenue
in reaching kids for Christ who otherwise cannot be reached by direct evangelistic
Evangelism in CSF is more than just the usual “play-pray-proclaim” type
of witnessing. It is not a one-shot deal. Evangelism in CSF
is programmed. It will be done in a series of sessions and in different
settings and occasions. This is to prevent from soft-selling the
Gospel that will result to easy believism.
It’s Gospel presentation emphasizes on repentance and the Lordship
of Jesus Christ. And it does not sidestep the cost of discipleship.
Sports and Discipleship Camp
A depth-quality discipleship will usher spiritual deepening among
young believers until “Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19).
The Growth Group program will be used to attain discipleship among young
Coupled with the aim of Christian growth and maturity, the young believers
are also schooled on their local church’s privileges and responsibilities.