Fellowship of Christian Athletes Multiplies Impact Through Virtual Ministry in Ukraine

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Multiplies Impact Through Virtual Ministry in Ukraine

FCA International Discovers That Unexpected Times Create Opportunities for Unexpected Movements of God to Happen

June 1, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—While the world’s current circumstances may have changed the way Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) is able to engage coaches and athletes, the vision of the international sports ministry hasn’t changed. Coaches and athletes still need to be reached, and the FCA staff is committed to making that happen.

As a global ministry affected by a global pandemic, FCA staff from all over the world have had to make adjustments to keep advancing ministry. With digital platforms and new virtual ministry initiatives, leaders have been able to engage coaches and athletes right where they are—virtually.

Dima and Reily Rachkovskyy, husband-and-wife team and FCA Ukraine Area Representatives in Kiev, are two leaders who have found virtual ministry to be highly impactful. Whether it’s a conference call with a coach or a virtual Huddle, Dima and Reily are doing what it takes to keep connecting with coaches and athletes.

Huddles are a vital way to engage a new coach or athlete. Dima and Reily understand the value of Huddle ministry and they have personally experienced God at work through virtual Huddles. Since they started hosting these online gatherings, they’ve watched one coaches’ Huddle double in size and connected with four new coaches who had never heard of or been in contact with FCA until now.

“It was a great opportunity to meet [these coaches] and start building relationships with them,” Dima said. “They liked it so much, they asked to join our Huddle and want to be part of regular meetings! Some of them are former professional basketball players that played for the National team and now have a very big influence in the basketball world. How amazing is God by using this Huddle to reach such people!”

Sasha, a basketball coach attending the virtual Huddle shares, “In isolation, Huddles are an amazing time for me to continue to grow as a coach. It’s precious time for exchanging experiences with other coaches, discussing great topics that challenge me, and helping me grow as a 3D Coach.”

Going beyond Ukraine, Dima and Reily have invited U.S. coaches to participate in their virtual Huddles, and they have hopes for inviting collegiate and professional athletes in the coming weeks.

“We would have never had the opportunity to do that,” Dima said. “But now, every week, it’s possible to invite a guest that can share a devotion, an experience in their sport, and share the Gospel. The number of Huddles, new relationships, and new people to pray for have grown!”

Like many FCA staff, both Dima and Reily have faced many challenges during the current COVID-19 crisis.

“The biggest challenge is probably [staying] present in coaches’ lives,” Dima said.

Rather than going to a practice, game or inviting a coach to coffee, they’ve had to come up with other ways to stay present and be intentional with coaches.

“The best way to overcome this so far is to just remind them that we pray for them and continue serving them by providing good opportunities to learn online and have interesting guests,” Dima added.

Stories of growth and impact like Dima and Reily’s are happening within FCA all across the world. As a ministry, FCA is encouraged by the knowledge that God is the One holding all things together.

FCA International continues to make worldwide impact, now working in 93 countries across the globe. In 2019, FCA worked through 298 international leaders reaching 29,852 coaches and athletes by hosting 345 Camps internationally. FCA International’s Huddle program also expanded from 1,775 to 1,913 groups, reaching 39,768 attendees in their communities. Learn more about FCA International here.

Read more about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s website www.fca.org, or connect on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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