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"Lord, I don't ask that I should win, but please, please don't let me finish behind Akabusi."

Innocent Egbunike's prayer at the 1988 Olympics

Growing

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42

How do you grow in the Christian life – particularly if you have a lifestyle that requires you travel a lot and be away from your church? The same way as the early Christians.

The apostles’ teaching. It has never been easier to have access to God’s word. When I lead Bible Studies for athletes, some bring a Bible, others are reading from a tablet or phone. However you do it, keep in touch with God’s word.

Fellowship . Recently I was at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Doha. A group of us went a local church. We also had an athletes’ Bible study in the hotel. Athletes were supporting each other. Some download services from their home church as they travel.

Breaking of bread . Remember that the Lord’s Supper was often observed by the early church as part of meal. Having a meal together with a fellow-believer as you travel can be mutually encouraging.

Prayer . Keeping in touch with friends in a different time zone can be a challenge. The good news is that as we are out of our normal routine.

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