For me, football has always been an integral part of my mission. Coaching, and more so the relationships I developed within the team, is where I have most clearly seen God use me to impact others positively. I know that I am not alone in this call as many coaches use their platform for the same reason and with the same goal.
This is where the Prague Lions come in.
10 years ago, I started a relationship with an American coach in Prague who was using his coaching role as a platform for ministry to the Czech people. When I learned about the history of the Czech Republic and that nearly 89% of the country claims to be atheist, I began to see the need for people like Zach to bring Christ to this beautiful country.
Over the part 10 years, Zach Harrod’s heart for the Word of God, love the people of Prague, and passion for the game of football have allowed him to build many fruitful relationships and to see God’s work be done in Prague. He and his wife Míša have been part of everything from planting a church and developing a missional communities to disciplining football players and reaching out to women in sex trafficking industry.
This past year, it became clear that for the team, and in turn Zach’s ministry to continue to grow the team needed new leadership. It needed to be owned by those who have given so much to grow it into a perennial power in the Czech league and by people who are invested in the work it does to help those in its community. As part of that process, my wife and I joined with 7 others in Prague to form a new ownership group. We believe that this will add further fuel to the fire of all the work that is already being done in the Lord’s name a country that finds God to be very distant.
So here is the point…
I did not share this today to build myself up, but instead to lift up Zach, Míša, and their ministry to those in my sphere of influence. Today is giving Tuesday and Zach and Míša are in need to raise additional support to fund the great work they do in Prague as well as their growing family. It is my prayer that they could grow their ministry through new relationships with American Football coaches.
Please consider contacting Zach to directly (zachharrod -at- gmail.com) or me (coachnichols -at- gmail.com). at to learn more about what they are doing and their current team and ministry needs.
Also please prayerfully consider joining Zach’s team of financial supporters. To learn more about this, click here.