Ghana-U.S. Match Mirrored in Youth Tournaments

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Colorado Springs, CO— Excited fans on both sides of the Atlantic will gather to watch the Ghana-U.S. World Cup soccer match on Saturday. Ghana, the final African team remaining in the World Cup, beat the U.S. team 2-0 in the 2006 games and hopes to repeat history.

Biblica and Ubabalo eAfrica bring soccer tournaments and gospel message to African youth.Is the World Cup a big deal? You bet. But soccer games and mini-tournaments throughout Africa, although less-well attended, could have a far greater and lasting impact.

Biblica is partnering with international soccer ministry Ubabalo eAfrica to bring 1,000 disadvantaged children and teens the excitement and fun of their own soccer tournaments, along with the gospel message and valuable character-building lessons. Biblica is also conducting soccer ministry with another 14,000 children and teens in Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and South Africa.

World Cup fanaticism runs deep and wide, with children and adults alike cheering on home teams for what is arguably the world’s most popular sport. With South Africa hosting the immensely popular games, children in many African nations have been given extended school holidays. Soccer ministry gives kids exercise, a constructive way to use out-of-classroom time, and access to God’s Word and character-building lessons. Biblica provides the soccer balls, Scripture resources, and training for volunteer coaches.

In Kenya, Biblica and Ubabalo soccer ministry is bringing Muslims and Christians together for games and the gospel message. In Senegal, kids from rival youth gangs put aside longstanding hostilities and learn to cooperate and work together. In South Africa, youth in impoverished rural areas are gathering to play soccer and staying for Biblica’s Scripture-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs and discussion groups.

Lives changed, lives saved, the gospel proclaimed and received. It’s a winning combination for everyone.