Showing posts from January, 2020

Olympic Ministry Memory: Winter Olympics and Bobsledding

Did you know that the Olympics are held every two years?  It's true!  I didn't know that when I attended my first Olympics in Sydney in the year 2000.  Beginning in 1994, the IOC separated the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and placed them in alternating even-number years.  So while this is my 20th calendar year to be involved in Olympic Ministry Outreaches, it will be my 11th Olympics. One of the things that have taken me a while to get used to is how short the time frame between the closing of the Summer Games and the opening of the Winter Games are.  Typically Summer Olympics meet in July or August of the year with the Winter Olympics meeting in February of the year.   There are about 15 months between the closing of the Winter Olympic Games and the opening of the Summer Olympic Games.  Whereas there are typically 22 months between the Summer Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games.  Those 7 months make a difference! (Trivia question: what city hosted the first US Oly

Olympic Ministry Memory: Which one is your favorite?

One of the questions I am often asked is "which one is your favorite?" It's understandable when people hear that I've attended so many Olympics over the years. But it is not an easy question to answer. Each Olympic city is unique and regardless of the country or continent, all involved want to put their best foot forward for the world to see. Whether it is Beijing, China or Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, the local Olympic committee will work hard with local authorities to make sure daily real-life issues in the city such as homelessness, crime, etc., essentially "disappear". Even though I have been to ten Olympic cities on five different continents, I have seen the very best representation of that city and culture and so must acknowledge that it is a somewhat skewed perspective. With all that being said, my typical answer to this question is along the line of "all are unique in their own way, but if I had to give an answer I would say I have two favo

Join Jeff on the Journey to Japan

Team Members Needed! The Countdown is on!   Only 202 days until the Opening Ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (as of 1/4/20). Tokyo 2020 Represents 20 years of taking the Word to the World! 11 Olympic Games, 6 Summer, 5 Winter. 5 Continents: Australia, North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. 4 incredibly supportive churches where I have served on staff: Grace Baptist Church, Evansville, Indiana Parkway Baptist Church, Creve Coeur, Missouri Cross Keys Baptist Church, Florissant, Missouri Chesterfield Community Church, Chesterfield, Missouri 100's of support team members praying and giving. 1000's of Gospel conversations, seeds planted, Christians encouraged and countless numbers of decisions to follow Jesus. Will you join me in this ministry opportunity as a Journey to Japan Team Member ? As a Journey to Japan Team Member you can: Pray for the Gospel to be demonstrated and declared during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Pray