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Oklahoma soccer team has a ball sharing the Gospel in Brazil

The Oklahoma Baptist University women’s soccer team visited Brazil just days before the FIFA World Cup to compete against Brazilian soccer teams and present the Gospel to youths and families through soccer camps and door-to-door evangelism efforts.
by Carla Hinton Published: July 11, 2014
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The Oklahoma Baptist University women’s soccer team competes against a Brazilian team in an exhibition game that was part of an outreach event sponsored by a Brazilian church as part of OBU team’s recent visit to the Brazil. Photo provided by Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board
The Oklahoma Baptist University women’s soccer team competes against a Brazilian team in an exhibition game that was part of an outreach event sponsored by a Brazilian church as part of OBU team’s recent visit to the Brazil. Photo provided by Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board

Welcome banners greeted soccer team members from a local university as they rode through the streets in an open-air truck when they visited Brazil just days before the start of the FIFA World Cup.

But what really pleased several members of the Oklahoma Baptist University women’s soccer team was the Brazilians’ passion for soccer and their equally enthusiastic response to the Gospel.

“Definitely my favorite part was getting to play soccer with the kids and sharing the Gospel with the kids through soccer,” said Allie Preston, 21, a senior biology major from Abilene, Texas.

“It was nice to be in a country where they love soccer as much as we do.”

Sarah Zeckser, 21, of Midwest City, agreed. “We invited people to our games, and there were between 300 and 400 people who showed up.

The OBU team visited Brazil May 26 through June 2. The World Cup began June 12 and concludes Sunday.

The team’s trip to Natal and surrounding cities such as Ceara-Miram was one of several evangelistic efforts in Brazil coordinated by the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board in conjunction with the World Cup.

Assistant coach Jeremy Hymel said he and head coach Michael White led the 10 soccer team members as they competed against a Brazilian women’s soccer team called Global Ceara-Mirim. (The OBU team claimed a 5-0 victory against its Brazilian counterpart).

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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