What we can’t do alone

21 Aug, 2015 | United Kingdom
Kelly Norman
Graham Sandersfield has a specific focus on Latin America, and has been developing relationships and walking along side their sports ministry for the last 3 years.
“But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all might hear it.” – 2 Timothy 4:17 (ESV)

Operation Mobilisation has missionaries in more than 110 countries who work to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God. Some work with rural communities, some live and work in larger groups, and some are based in cities and towns where they are isolated from other OM workers.

Graham Sandersfield lives in Sheffield with his wife and two children and has been working with OM for three years.

“I looked around to try and see what I should get involved in,” he said. “I had been involved in sports ministry, so I got in touch with OM SportsLink, who are really involved in supporting the fields around the world and helping them to develop their ministry.”

Graham focuses specifically on Latin America and has been developing relationships and walking alongside OM’s sports ministry in that region of the world for the last three years.

“I’m really passionate about developing leaders because I think that’s how Jesus worked and operated,” he explained.

His work with international remote locations means he has to rely on tools like online training and Skype to support his fields.

“We have to be strategic and focused when it comes to maintaining our relationships. Jesus spent a lot of his time with a small amount of people who he raised up to be leaders—leaders who go out and disciple others,” said Graham.

Graham also helps organise a local event in Sheffield as part of Run/Ride for the World, a global event that raises money and awareness for projects around the world.

“We encourage people to use this event for their local situation. The idea is to run around the world in a day together, so we try to have an event in every time zone,” he said. “Last year we had 6,000 participants, raised around $80,000 and achieved 26,000 km. The circumference of the earth is 40,000 km, so that’s our goal. We are trying to create a movement.”

Although sports and leadership are Graham’s passions, working from home without support nearby can be lonely and challenging.

“I do miss working in a team. Most of my contact with others from OM is via email and Skype…but for me, in one way or another, this is about unity—the Body of Christ coming together and doing something we can’t do alone.”

This year Run/Ride for the World takes place on 26 September. For more information about how you can be part of this global event, visit the website: www.r4tw.org.  

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