London Olympics: A lasting Legacy

The theme of the London Olympics was Inspire a Generation. The idea behind this vision was to inspire a whole new generation about sports, but much more than that, the London Olympics has so many new projects and initiative across the capital as well as outside the capital. More than 2, 700 projects were inspired as part of the portfolio of the games. These projects created lots of opportunities for people to feel part of the games. These opportunities and activities encompasses areas such as sports, businesses, education, culture, volunteering, sustainability and faith.

The vounteering aspect is one that will definitely be a legacy as those 70, 000 volunteers have been inspire to do greater things in their community. Another legacy is how the games brought a warm, relaxing and friendly atmosphere bringing different people together. This is significant for London as it is often a lonely place and Londoners could be very cold. I hope this friendly atmosphere can be retained so that our communities can remain stronger. The Games brought smiles on people’ faces, it created friendships, broke down racial barriers and reveal to us our common humanity.

The opening and closing ceremony celebrated the diverse culture of Britain. Some of the critics of the London Olympics have  called it a PC agenda of leftist. But the reality is that the opening ceremony and closing ceremony took into account the fact that British culture is now diverse and this is very important for the next generation we are trying to inspire. In addition, the Olympics brought about 204 nations of the world together, this is the only event that brings the nations of the world together. This is why any Olympics is special! But for Britain some of the 204 countries are already living here in the UK. I hope part of that legacy will be a celebration of our diversity.

What legacy did the London Olympics left with the Church? There is now a resurgence in the Church about the importance of sports ministry. Aside, there were so many fresh ways of engaging and reaching people with the Gospel ranging from, renewed confidence in street evangelism, to more cafe Churches or discussions in the pubs about faith on a wednesday night as oppose to Sunday. Another legacy is Churches working together. This is a crucial aspect of the legacy as it broke down denominational barriers. Through the efforts of More than Gold and other streams and networks, the Churches in the UK worked together before and during the Olympics. Churches that would not otherwise work together for doctrinal or theological reasons abandoned all that for the sake of doing missions. This was happening in the different boroughs in London as well as outside London. We certainly experienced this in Lewisham as about 25 different Churches prayed together in an open air meeting! More than 200 people came togther to pray for the success of the games. God certainly heard our prayers!

About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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3 Responses to London Olympics: A lasting Legacy

  1. Great post! I’m new to the blogosphere and just written my first post on the London Olympics, be great to get some feedback/followers!

  2. Your generous spirit is a gift to the Church in London, Israel! May God enlarge your voice as you continue to unite & mobilize people under the banner of a risen Savior.

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