4 Winds Christian Athletics, a world-class track and field ministry, just completed a ten day ministry outreach at the USA Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon. USA Track and Field has a goal of winning thirty medals at the London Olympic Games. The track and field portion of the Olympics will begin on August 3rd and end on the 12th.
The Olympic track and field team is well represented by a good core of Christian athletes who are ready to tell the world about their Christian faith. 4 Winds President Steve McConkey is asking Christians to pray for the USA Olympic track and field team, "Since 1981, we have seen a good core of Christians on the USA teams. We are asking Christians everywhere to pray for the Olympic Athletes. Pray for protection, peace, strength, and boldness."
During the ten days of the Olympic Trials, 4 Winds had the opportunity to minister to the athletes. Private ministry meetings were held with many who made the Olympic Team. The gospel was shared and testimonies were collected.
Steve McConkey and his wife Liz have been in world-class track and field ministries since 1981. From 1982 through 1992, Steve was a Director/Coach of elite Christian track and field teams. In 1992, 4 Winds started working with athletes on all teams.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 4 Winds distributed testimonies throughout the world, including in the underground Chinese church, estimated to be 100 million people.
The four Olympic Athletes whose testimonies were distributed were supposed to win two medals. The athletes won three golds, two silvers. After their victories, the athletes were able to tell the world about their Christian faith and carried the USA flag around the Beijing track.
Also, 4 Winds provides a website, TrackandFieldReport.com, that provides updated news in track and field. This site keeps athletes, coaches, and fans informed in the world of track and field.
Through the year, Steve and his wife Liz keep in contact with the athletes. 4 Winds provides apologetic articles every month to give spiritual direction.
4 Winds Christian Athletics is a 501c3 non-profit organization that was formed in 1988. The current headquarters is in Madison, Wisconsin.