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Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro

4 August 2016 - 21 August 2016

Since 1988, chaplaincy for athletes has been an official role at the Olympics. A chaplain is there to serve and meet the spiritual needs of the athletes, coaches and even parents of athletes. While some experience the joy of success, many more athletes work through the pain and emotional journey of performances that didn’t meet their expectations. Chaplains are present to care for athletes in these times and even during tragedy, such as the untimely death of an Olympian in 2010 in Vancouver.

Join the Olympic prayer team

Olympic Chaplains

Originally there were supposed to be 17 Christian chaplains who had access to athletes in the Olympic Village in Rio, but the local Brazilian organising committee decided that there would only be four. You can pray specifically for these chaplains and their roles. Please pray for Carl, Jules, Cristóbal and Marcos and their ministry inside the village with the athletes and coaches, and pray that many athletes will respond to the invitation to attend chapel services.
This video will introduce you to Carl and Rubèn at the London 2012 Olympics. They have staffed nearly all the Olympics since 1988.

Jessica Blake of Auckland will be part of the Athletes in Action chaplaincy team working outside the Olympic village. See Jessica’s Olympic prayer calendar.

Chaplains’ Prayer Requests

Care for their families – Ask God to provide funds needed for this ministry trip and to remove distractions from problems back home so the chaplains are free to serve.

Spiritual Preparedness – Pray the chaplains will be equipped with God’s Word, and pray for the conversations that they will be having.

Divine appointments – God has a way of bringing chaplains into contact with athletes, coaches and family members at the right time. Please pray they will be in tune with the Holy Spirit for such instances to know when to just listen and when to share biblical truth.

Athletes’ Prayer Requests

Physically – the athletes are training and preparing their bodies for competition and many have injuries to various degrees.

Mentally – the athletes are preparing for the competition but also taking care of the logistics of travel for them and their families.

Emotionally – the athletes are very excited about making the Olympic team but the nerves will begin to set in, and many will walk away disappointed from their performances.

Spiritually – be in prayer that God would be working in their hearts as they come in contact with the chaplains.

Olympic swimmers Missy Franklin and Kelsi Worrell share about how you can pray for them and other Olympians in this video.

Join the Olympic prayer team

  • You’ll receive the names of five Olympians along with information about their countries so you can pray for them during and after the Olympics.
  • Updates about the ministry happening inside and out of the Olympic Village.
  • Specific prayer requests from Olympic chaplains who are in direct contact with the athletes.
  • Social media alerts to help spread the word about the prayer team.

Join the Olympic prayer team

Ministry Tools

Video testimonies of five Christian Olympians.

Olympic themed devotionals.


4 August 2016
21 August 2016
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