(Church Times) Olympians cheer, and care, and give glory to God

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Christian households have also enabled the families of foreign athletes to experience "the heart of British home-life" by providing accommodation during the Games, under the Homestay initiative organised by More than Gold.

"Jesus Christ was someone who served people, who met their needs, joined in their celebrations," Canon Hugh Dibbins, a retired priest, told Radio 4's Sunday programme this week. "Stories of what happened in the 2012 Olympics are passed on from generation to generation, and contacts continue, even though the Games finish."

One story likely to make its way across the ocean is the tale of the Madagascan Olympic athletes and their families who landed at Luton with no luggage. On opening the door to guests with only the clothes they stood up in, Sister Anne Spilberg, part of the Homestay scheme, went to Brentwood Roman Catholic Church to ask for help. The immediate donations included 20 bags of clothes.

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Posted August 10, 2012 at 6:00 am

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