Andrii & Ellissa Petrenko
Ukraine | Discipler through Sports Ministry | Eurasian Sport Leadership School
In January 2021 Ellissa had joined Andrii in his full-time ministry in Ukraine. Andrii serves as a coach at soccer Club “SportKids” near Kyiv, Ukraine. Andrii, along with 3 other coaches and 3 assistants, trains 80 kids. As a precondition to be part of the club the kids must participate in Bible study during the practice. All the kids have the opportunity to hear the whole story of the Bible from a very early age. The stories are told in interesting and non-religious language. “SportKids” provides an opportunity to influence, not only the kids but also the families and the community as a whole. The club is inside apartment complexes where more than 6000 families live. “SportKids” is started by the church and accountable to church “House of Peace” and together they are impacting the community with the Gospel. They are hoping to have an even bigger impact for Christ within the local community.
Andrii’s experience in local ministry helps facilitate a Christian Football Union of Ukraine (CFUU). CFUU is a partnership among Christian coaches that provide football courses and training for spiritual and holistic development. CFUU is a platform for competitions, camps, and partnerships among more than 33 active soccer ministries in Ukraine where around 1800 players participate on a regular basis. Andrii’s heart is to teach other coaches to be more effective in conducting the spiritual program for their players and help coaches to be the best version of themselves on the field as a coach.
The ministry he partners with, SportQuest, has focused on empowering people to live their life with vision, to discover their purpose, and to serve a greater cause than any one organization — one that brings eternal change to our world. Learn more about SportsQuest here.