Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Miri Visit

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Three coaches, led by William Chang, of FCA, worshipped with the Agape Methodist Preaching Centre in Jalan Airport Miri on Sunday 26th March 2017.

William Chang commented that he was hooked on being a coach after several coaching and training camps around 2007. Not long after that, in his own words, “he stumbled on” FCA, a ministry to train athletes in three dimensions: physical, mental and spiritual. That truly fired his whole being!!

FCA has its origin in the United States of America.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives… one heart at a time. Since 1954, in America and elsewhere, it has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
The FCA Vision
To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
The FCA Mission
To present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

William Chang said that FCA focuses on ministering to the heart of the coach first, and then through the coach by engaging them with the Four C’s of Ministry, Coaches, Campus, Camps and Communities. Whereas the types of Coaches Ministry are: Coaches Huddles, Coaches Conventions, Training Clinics and Coaches Retreats.

Chang is passionate about coaching and feels that it is very important for Malaysian athletes to get all the help they can from coaches. He has the burden to raise Christian sports ministers and to bring FCA to the people of Malaysia. He and his friends also have burdens to raise more athletes and coaches from the indigenous people of Sarawak.

According to Chang,he is travelling with Kuw Foo Wong who was a national footballer in the 70’s and Jarson who is a full time staff at FCA, and a state footballer for Johor, this trip.

In a four day camp in Miri, they have trained specifically 22 Penan coaches. They have been very touched by this experience. He added, “There is still so much we can do for Sarawak!”

The FCA, Malaysia, is based in Ipoh and they have a few coaches to handle all the training all over Malaysia. They are also known as “IpohBUG” which meets every Sunday at YMCA Ipoh from 5pm to 7pm. Ipoh Bug is an inter-denominational sports evangelism tool started by William Chang from Elim Gospel Hall Ipoh in 2008.
The games they play are: football, Ultimate Frisbee, Tchoukball, Captains Ball.

Before they left they took a group photo with Pastor Lenita, Robert Ting, Yung Teck Chung and Richard Wong.

(In the mid-70s, this is where the Malaysian team was most balanced and talented. Each player is like a superstar in their own right. They include: Mokhtar Dahari, Harun Jusoh, Santokh Singh, M. Chandran, Soh Chin Aun, R. Arumugam, Shaharuddin Abdullah, Wong Choon Wah, P. Umaparan, Wong Hee Kok, Shukor Salleh, Lim Fung Kee, Wong Kou Foo, Isa Bakar, Ali Bakar, Syed Ahmad, … If you have seen them in action, you would liken them to a very good Premier League team, seriously. Ref : Salvador Dali)

By Chang Yi, Miri
Photo courtesy of William Chang
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