What Christian Parents Can Learn from the Tokyo Olympics–to Encourage their Children in Following Jesus as Much as they Do in Sports

The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service assists Olympic host nations to protect U.S. athletes and sponsors at the summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. July 2021. (U.S. Department of State Photo)

The rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games are wrapping up this weekend in Tokyo, Japan. Closing ceremonies begin Sunday at 8 pm local time following the men’s water polo final.

No matter the sport, an athlete’s journey to the Olympics is arduous and expensive. Greg Yoder, Executive Director of Keys for Kids Ministries, says the Olympic Games hold a lesson for Christian parents.

“I saw a story about a young man who was a gymnast; he got the passion and ‘the bug’ to be an Olympian, and his parents sacrificed so much to get him to where he is today,” Yoder says.

“I couldn’t help but think, ‘Wow, as Christian parents, we should be as passionate about seeing our kids not only know Jesus but following Jesus.’”

Just as every Olympic athlete needs a good coach, every child needs someone to teach them the ways of Christ. Discipleship begins at home, but “so many families don’t know how to begin that process, and that’s where Keys for Kids Ministries comes in,” Yoder says.

Kid-centered Gospel tools

Keys for Kids produces free daily devotionals for children and teens, and you can get them in audio or print. More about that here.

“It really does help you, as a parent, to begin having spiritual discussions … I wish I would have remembered [about] Keys for Kids when I was a father of four before, and helping them with their walk with the Lord … that would have been so helpful,” Yoder says.

“[It runs] the ‘full gamut’ of talking to kids on the level they’re at [and] helping them understand the Bible.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray Christian parents will become more interested and active in family discipleship.
  • Pray for resources so Keys for Kids Ministries can fulfill international requests for children’s ministry material.

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