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  • Olympic athletes reflect on gold medal performances

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (8 months ago)

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- The extinguished Olympic torch on Sunday officially ended the 2018 Winter Olympics. And for some Christian athletes, this year's games were especially sweet -- but they seemed to keep their wins in perspective.

    U.S. freestyle skier and gold medalist David Wise had the words "I cannot fail because it is not my victory" written on his sleeve during the competition.

    "That is my way of reminding myself I am not here to glorify myself," Wise said. "I ... Read More

  • Former missionaries reunite during Olympics ministry

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 26, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth.
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Tom Daniel and Clarke Skelton, along with their families, spent a combined 40 years as Southern Baptist missionaries serving in South Korea.

    The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang gave them a chance for a reunion in the country they both love immensely.

    Daniel, who is now retired and lives in Colorado, and Skelton, who is pastor of Valley Grande Baptist Church in Valley Grande, Ala., both returned to South Korea ... Read More

  • Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 23, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- On an uncharacteristically warm day during the Winter Olympics, visitors to the train station were greeted by a number of different religious groups.

    The Mormons wore yellow vests. The Jehovah's Witnesses had their literature racks set up. Methodist Koreans were carrying yellow bags as they handed out literature.

    Among these were a group of volunteers from the SBC of Virginia distributing copies of the books of Romans and John in 24 different languages. Read More

  • Pastor, sports ministry share God's love to Olympians

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Pastor. Chaplain. Olympic dog sitter.

    That's Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church in upstate New York near Lake Placid. Lake Placid is home to the Olympic Training Center where elite athletes come to train as they pursue their Olympic dreams.

    In addition to his role as the church's pastor, Schneider ministers in a variety of ways to the athletes in Lake Placid. Because of his role there, he's working as a chaplain at the Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. His family is keeping U.S. skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender's dog while she competes in the Olympics. Read More

  • Hockey an opportunity for Hensley to love God, others

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Ally Eames/USA Hockey
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Her love of hockey started as a child with a neighborhood friend named Hayden.

    Nicole Hensley, a goalie on the U.S. women's hockey team, remembers Hayden was always outside of her Colorado home playing street hockey with his family and friends. One day, he asked if she wanted to play, too.

    "From there, we would play all day every day outside, and I just kind of fell in love with it," Hensley said. Read More

  • Sister's tragedy fuels Wise's passion for amputees

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- David Wise remembers getting the text message from his sister Jessica in 2015 telling him that his other sister, Jessica's twin Christy, had been in an accident while paddle boarding.

    Christy was going to live, but she was likely going to lose her leg.

    For Wise, a freestyle skier who won a gold medal in the halfpipe event in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the whole ordeal led him to a newfound gratitude for the ability ... Read More

  • Kelly Clark & Maame Biney, at Olympics, not deflated

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- Snowboarder Kelly Clark fell just short of adding to her Olympic medal collection, finishing fourth in the women's halfpipe competition earlier this week.

    Chloe Kim won gold for the U.S., while Clark's best run of 83.50 couldn't beat teammate Arielle Gold's score of 85.75.

    "I'm not done yet, but I don't think that many people get to stay around long enough to see what their legacy could look like," Clark, 34, said. "I'm extremely proud of these girls and I take a lot of pride in seeing them do well. It's been great to be a part of it for so long." Read More

  • Olympic pin trading nurtures Gospel conversations

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Visitors to the Coca-Cola Pin Trading Center at Olympic Park walk in and peer at the hundreds of small pins spread in front of the traders standing behind the counter.

    The colors and designs are enough to catch anyone's eye, encompassing pins from past Olympics in places like Sochi, Rio de Janeiro and Atlanta. And there are sport-specific pins depicting soccer, figure skating and gymnastics, along with corporate pins bearing the logos of Coca-Cola, McDonald's and NBC. Read More

  • Jamaican Olympian says trek to S. Korea is 'miracle'

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- He's not on the bobsled team, but for Jamaican Anthony Watson, competing as Jamaica's first skeleton racer in the Olympics is good enough.

    Watson followed an unlikely path to qualify for the Olympics -- so unlikely that he says the only explanation is God.

    "I have been told since I was a kid by my father, who's also my pastor, that he wanted dreams in his children to be so big that only God could fulfill them," Watson told BP. Read More

  • At Olympics, Marvin unites love for hockey & for God

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Sometimes, Gigi Marvin still feels like the same 11-year-old girl growing up in northern Minnesota who fell in love with the idea of playing hockey in the Olympics.

    Maybe that's why she's so passionate about RinkRat, a weeklong hockey camp she runs each summer that draws about 170 kids. While they definitely learn about hockey from one of the sport's most accomplished women, they also encounter Gigi's unbridled love for the Lord.

    "Even though it's not marketed as, 'Hey, you're gonna experience the Lord,' it's gonna come out," Marvin told Baptist Press. "Because my intention is for God to come out in all areas. That's just how I live life." Read More