Hello! My name is Brittany Lewis, and in the spring of 2017 I completed my Internship with Athletes in Action in Edmonton and have accepted a full time staff position.
Athletes in Action is a division within the ministry of Power to Change Canada. Our goal is to mobilize athletes and fans of sports by using the universal language of sport to communicate the most powerful message of all: God’s passionate love for his children through his son, Jesus Christ. Today there are 60 staff in Canada and a worldwide team of 600 in more than 60 countries. My ministry takes the form of being a mentor in the lives of varsity student-athletes both on and off the field, as well as leading our Triathlon ministry in the city of Edmonton.
I have been attending North Park since I moved to London back in 2001. Through my childhood, teen years and now into my young adulthood were spent here. Walking through the doors here at North Park has always felt like home. The pastors, leaders, mentors, families and friends at the church have all played a large role in shaping my faith and I am so thankful for this wonderful loving community.
Having been a competitive swimmer for 12 years, high performance sport has always been a fundamental part of my life. Growing up I lived and breathed swimming; however, in my second year of university I broke my leg and was removed from activity entirely for a few months. This injury turned my world upside down. I came to the realization that I had subconsciously been suffering a huge identity crisis. I knew myself as ‘Brittany the swimmer’ but if I couldn’t swim anymore then who was I? I am forever grateful that through this injury God introduced me to this wonderful community who has been an unwavering source of support, strength and love ever since. Joining Athletes in Action was the beginning of a life transformation. They helped me to realize my worth and value outside of being a swimmer and showed me that victory in sport is worth nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ. AIA taught me how two fundamental components of my life – faith and sport did not have to exist in isolation. I have since learned how to glorify God through swimming. I am no longer enslaved to sport and can compete in freedom, knowing that God’s love for me is not dependent on my performance.
I feel so passionate about ministering to athletes as I can truly relate to the lifestyle and have personally struggled with many of the same problems. I no longer define myself based on sport or anything tangible this world can offer but instead I now place my identity in Jesus. Through camps, conferences, mission trips, and leading small groups, I have built a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus. I’m eager to help students discover that relationship for themselves through this internship!
Please pray for me as I move into my second year of Global Internship with North Park. Pray for the students who will be deepening their spiritual lives, and for those who will be discovering spiritual life for the first time. Pray for wisdom and patience for the AIA leaders as they seek to make God known on their campuses. Pray for students that are passionate about changing the world by helping others discover Jesus.
If you have questions, comments, or need to be in touch with me for any other reason, please feel free! I can be reached at email@example.com or at 519-671-0394. I would love to add you to my newsletter email list so that you can follow my story as it unfolds.
As staff with Athletes in Action I am required to raise my own financial support. In total I will have to provide $50, 000. If you would like to contribute to my ministry financially, please contact me or CLICK HERE to give online.
At North Park Community Church we are committed to standing with young leaders who are prepared to take extended time out of their lives to touch the world with their gifts and skills. We have a Global Intern Team in place that inspires, coaches and walks in partnership with these young leaders as they take the time to grow through internships around the world. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. A portion of Brittany’s funding is provided by North Park Community Church.
Join Brittany’s support and prayer team and stand with her in this important season in her growth and development.