Churches on both sides of the Atlantic
helped to fund the project. Some printed while
others collated the booklets and bound them
together. All told over 100 Baptist churches were
involved in this massive endeavor!
Large 20-foot shipping containers sent over
the Atlantic Ocean in 3 printing installments
gave these African churches the necessary
literature. Local leaders put together an
organizational structure and had the literature
strategically placed near each of the 10 stadiums.
Then, the games began! Teams of church
members from both America and South Africa
were trained and sent out to each of the venues.
Surprisingly, the attractive covers made instant
souvenirs. Fans were excited! Nearly everybody
wanted one. Then they started reading them! The popularity of
the literature caused the workers to be constantly busy—but not
for a game
too busy to overlook opportunities to lead several people to the
Lord on the spot.
According to reports, people from 32 countries visited
South Africa for the games. Likewise, someone from each of
eternity! the 32 countries received the Word of God…and then took it
home! Since the games in July, several hundred people from various countries have
written to the South African churches requesting additional information, Bibles, even
further lessons on how to grow as a Christian. Local churches in South Africa were
also blessed with conversions and families joining
their churches. Only eternity will tell the impact
of this evangelistic effort on the world!
Some will remember the World
Cup as a time when the entire world
was watching Africa. Others will
remember it as the time they
found the Savior and received
eternal life! The World Cup
was not only a soccer
victory for the country
of Spain but a spiritual
victory for hundreds
who have begun their
new life in Christ. They
came for a game but left
prepared for eternity!
Jeff Demarest witnessing