The Gift of Soccer Foundation is proud to partner again with SportQuest Ministries to support their Outreach program to the Ukraine.
SportQuest Ministries’ mission is to develop a new generation of leaders to start a multiplying movement in Ukraine. They believe that the best way to achieve this need is by using sport as a tool to make disciples of Christ. The Ukraine Coordinator, Andrii Petrenko, is a former professional soccer player who received a calling to work in sports ministry when he was 18 years old. Andrii trained in South Africa with the International Sports Leadership School from July 2010 – October 2010, where he developed leadership skills, received training in effective team building, and immersed himself into the biblical themes of obedience, humility and selflessness. Since 2011, Andrii has served in the Euro-Asian Sport Leadership School (an intensive one-month sport leadership training) as a program director for key leaders in the discipleship movement that operates in and through sport. In 2011, Andrii also began developing a relationship with Kent Susud and came on staff with SportQuest Ministries. Andrii is committed to seeing community transformation in his hometown of Shoskta, Ukraine by using the tool of sport to catalyze and maintain a discipleship-making movement that impacts youth and their families
From the young leaders that Andrii is investing in locally, he is hoping to develop a couple of them into part-time coaches who can help with his ministry responsibilities and coaching duties within his current teams and grow more. Andrii has already started one Bible study group for non-believers who want to discover God through the Bible, and he hopes to start another group soon. His focus is to pass on the experience, training, and tools that have helped him grow an effective ministry to other young leaders in Shostka as well as the entire Eurasian region. Andrii prays that through him, God will bring transformation in his town as well as all Eurasia by using sport to make disciples who make disciples.