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Salvation Army International – Salvationist Wins Gold at Commonwealth Games, General Celebrates

August 05, 2022

ON JULY 31, Salvationist Jeremy Lalrinnunga of Mizoram in the Eastern Territory of India won India’s fifth weightlifting medal at the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 with gold in the men’s 67 final kg, breaking two Games records and setting a Commonwealth goal of 300 kg. General Brian Peddle, joined by Commissioner Suresh Pawar (International Secretary for South Asia) and Captain Charles Chalrimawia, shared a video call with the young champion to celebrate.

“Jeremy, I prayed and thanked God for you,” said General Brian Peddle. “Anyone who pursues excellence honors God in a very beautiful way. God makes you someone who strives for excellence in your weightlifting and a good soldier of Jesus. We are honored to see and greet you today and pray that God continues to bless you.

Receiving the general’s warm congratulations with gratitude, Jeremy made it clear where the glory for him belongs: “It’s not my power – it’s the power of Jesus Christ.”

Nineteen-year-old Jeremy amazes with his sporting successes, but equally impressive is his deep commitment to his faith and sincere, humble spirit. The future looks bright, and upon his return to India, Jeremy will begin training at the Neeraj Chopra Sports Institute for the Paris 2024 Olympics. In a Q&A with Lauren Westwood, Communications, HQ international, Jeremy shared more of his story:

Jeremy, you are a gold medalist and Commonwealth champion! What does it do?

“I feel all the joy in the world. In my preparation for the Commonwealth Games, I spent time with God in personal prayer, but I am grateful to know that my family and friends also prayed for me. The Salvation Army and my corps have been really supportive and I know they have been supportive in prayer. I am certain that my success is the result of this support, and I am grateful for it.

You mentioned your home corps, the Salvation Army government compound corps in Aizawl, Mizoram. What does this connection mean to you?

“The Salvation Army has been part of my family for many generations on my mother’s side, and my father joined my mother after she married, so I was born into a Christian home. My childhood was occupied with many Salvation Army activities such as corps cadets. Unfortunately, since leaving Aizawl, my training regimen is so demanding that I had to leave the corps cadet program, although I am sad to miss this scholarship.

After your win in Birmingham you said ‘I couldn’t do my best performance [because of injury] but Jesus helped me get that gold medal. How has your faith sustained you through the challenges and successes of your career?

“I have not always been a winner. There have been times when I have experienced failures, but my family has always encouraged me to say that God’s plan does not promise constant success. My family and my friends were saying, “Maybe this is God’s way. Maybe he has better success in store for your future. It gave me the faith to believe that my future can be bright.” Even in times of success, like when lifting 67kg at the Commonwealth Games, I had a muscle cramp in my thigh that was in real danger of pulling me down. My physical strength is not the source of this. victory, but it is the power of prayer that gives me this victory. The moments when I remember my own physical weakness remind me of the great power of God.’

Do you have any advice for people striving for excellence in sport?

“First and foremost, trust that God exists. Take the challenge to believe in it and believe 100% that it works. The second thing is that we have a duty to discipline ourselves in hard work. You may have people praying for you to succeed, but success — in sports and other fields — comes through hard work and discipline.

The Salvation Army world celebrates you and your accomplishments. Many Salvationists around the world will encourage you, both in the pursuit of your sporting career and as a young Christian. How can we pray for you?

‘I ask for prayers that I will never outgrow the need for God in my life. Of course, I want to continue to achieve greatness in my sport, but I don’t want to lose sight of the success God wants for me. I would also ask for prayers for my family and that I will remain the same person despite my successes as I continue to seek and fully rely on God.

Report by Lauren Westwood, translation supported by Captain Charles Chalrimawia.

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