World Cup Update: Street Witnessing and Canvassing

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Believers at 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany™ hit the streets with the Gospel

The Maranatha soccer girls are 1-1. They have made many new friends and have shared their faith on many occasions. They also gave each opponent a T-shirt and a copy of the Jesus film after the game. On Tuesday, June 6, the Maranatha soccer girls teamed up with members of the Independent Baptist Church of Erlangen, Germany, in 12 teams for two hours. In that time, they made 21 complete presentations of the Gospel and shared several hundred tracts. On Wednesday, the same 12 teams were out one hour, making nine complete presentations. Three different people in the two days said, “I know I need to make this decision about faith in Christ. Let me take the literature home with me and read it through one more time.”

After The GameThe Pillsbury guys’ team is 1-0. After the game, they gave a T-shirt and a New Testament to each opponent. During the week, they have canvassed many houses in the church area with Gospel literature. They likewise held a booktable in Munich on Wednesday.

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World Cup Update: Street Evangelism

Believers at 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany™ hit the streets with the Gospel

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The members of the Medals for Glory World Cup Team finished their orientation on Thursday, June 1, with a practice match against each other and against the men of the Erlangen church soccer team. They had a great time getting to know each other.

Witnessing opportunity

On Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, the Maranatha women’s soccer team conducted street evangelism with German believers, using a questionnaire and the “Bridge Tract.” Some of the members were continually praying during the evangelism. During the two times, there were 15 complete presentations of the Gospel to unsaved people using the tract. Two people asked for more information to contact German pastors. Most of the team members were surprised at how easy it was to begin conversations.

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World Cup Update: Orientation and Preparation

Believers at 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany™ prep for outreach

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Orientation, preparation: This crew is having three solid days of it. Fifty-four participants arrived in Munich and traveled to Erlangen on Monday, May 29. Staying in youth hostels, they held orientation sessions at a church in Erlangen. The day’s events included introduction to German culture, the group’s strategy for the next two weeks, sharing about God’s faithfulness in supplying the funding, 90 minutes of soccer practice, and prayer sessions. Most of orientation was pretty serious, but there was also some lightheartedness.

Dave Ferguson of Baptist Mid-Missions challenged participants to “buy up the time” for the Gospel during these two weeks. What God wants to achieve in reaching lives for Christ is far bigger than the World Cup. Participants were also burdened to pray as they heard about the broken lives of some they will encounter during this major event.

Schools represented by the participants include Appalachian Bible College, Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit), Bob Jones University, Cedarville University, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA), Maranatha Baptist Bible College, and Pillsbury Baptist Bible College.

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Touching Lives at 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

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Eighty believers (including soccer teams from Maranatha, Northland and Pillsbury Baptist Bible Colleges) are partnering with Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries and five German churches in an evangelistic thrust during 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. Our effort will take place in two two-week periods, beginning May 29 and ending July 3.

Ministries will include book tables, street-witnessing, soccer games, and soccer clinics. Evangelistic literature has been prepared in five different languages. SharperIron will receive updates during the four-week period. You may get updates by visiting http:/www.bmm.org/bmm/news or http:/www.maranathasoccer.blogspot.com. We would sincerely appreciate your prayers for strength, wisdom, boldness, open doors, and open hearts.

Jeff Brown serves as a Baptist Mid-Missions missionary in Germany.

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