Tag - sports and recreation

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How Basketball Reached a Teenage Atheist
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Reaching Grandma Through a Kids’ Ministry
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How One VBS Brought an Entire Family to Christ [May Prayer Focus]
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How American Football is Winning European Souls
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7 Ways to Pray for Sports and Recreation Ministries [June Prayer Focus]

How Basketball Reached a Teenage Atheist

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Octavio was an atheist but loved to play basketball. Discover how TEAM missionaries shared the Gospel with Octavio through a basketball camp ministry in Mexico.

In Octavio’s experience, Jesus was just part of a cultural religion — not a Savior who changes your life. So it was no wonder when the 15 year old boy decided to become an atheist. Octavio had learned about evolution in school. It seemed impossible that the scientific theory and God could both be real. And no one he talked to had a convincing answer to his doubts. He started looking into other religions, but they couldn’t answer his questions either. At 15, Octavio decided God couldn’t be real. And he might have stayed that way if it weren’t for…

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Reaching Grandma Through a Kids’ Ministry

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Who says VBS is only for the kids? Hear Mira's story — how she, a grandmother, is hearing the Good News alongside her family. Photo by TEAM

Mira heard the Gospel when she was 7 years old. But it didn’t come alive for her until missionaries held a vacation Bible school — for her grandchildren. When it comes to VBS, you may think it’s all about the kids. After all, their parents aren’t going to be at craft time or enjoy the snacks your church made or listen to the Bible story you prepared. But a church in Guadalajara, Mexico, is discovering that God has big plans for the grown-ups who take kids to VBS. A 6-Year-Old’s Prayer TEAM missionaries Carlos and Sandy Rios held their church…

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How One VBS Brought an Entire Family to Christ [May Prayer Focus]

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VBS isn't just for the kids. Discover how you can pray for VBS ministries that are impacting entire families around the world this summer! Photo by TEAM

Daisy had no idea how a simple “yes” would change her life. A few years ago, her son asked if he could go to vacation Bible school. Daisy’s decision to let him go still impacts her family today. That VBS is where Daisy met TEAM missionaries Art and Vicki — who then introduced her whole family to Christ. Now, Daisy and her husband serve as teachers in the Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Mexico. All because of one decision. All because of one vacation Bible school. This May, will you pray with us for VBS and summer camp ministries? Sign up…

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How American Football is Winning European Souls

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American football is a new idea in Europe. But it’s opening hearts to other unusual ideas — like the Gospel. Photo courtesy of Jakub Pláteník

On a damp and wintry afternoon in Prague, Czech Republic, TEAM missionary Zach Harrod was running down the street — not for exercise, not to escape danger, but simply to go from one meeting to another. He and his wife, Míša, had just spent time with friends who were part of their support team. And now Zach had to hurry to his next meeting — football practice. The rest of the afternoon, Zach coached, recruited, hauled equipment between locations and led conditioning workouts and practices. Zach and Míša live with this interesting mix of ministry every day — helping plant…

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7 Ways to Pray for Sports and Recreation Ministries [June Prayer Focus]

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From basketball to rock climbing, sports and recreation ministries bring people together and open incredible doors for the Gospel! Discover seven ways you can pray for Christ to be known through these ministries this month. Photo by TEAM

There’s a reason your VBS program has a game time: Fun things attract people, even if you make them listen to a lesson first. But sports and recreation ministry is much more than getting people to sit down for a devotional. When you coach a team, you get to teach discipline from a biblical perspective. When you counsel a camper, you get to pray with them about their struggles. When you organize kayaking trips, you get to spend hours talking about God. Recreation lets people bond in a non-threatening way, which opens incredible doors for the Gospel! This month, will…

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