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Winter Olympics an Opportunity to Share the Gospel

  • Kristin Wright
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Jan 24
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The Winter Olympic Games are starting on Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, and the International Mission Board is working to equip Christians to share the Gospel during this time.

Engage Sochi is a project developed by the organization to help Christians use the opportunity of the Olympic Games to share the gospel with friends and neighbors in communities throughout the world.

“The message we have to share is so much more precious than winning a gold medal–something only a few ever get the chance to do,” says Marc Ira Hooks, co-director of Engage Sochi. “We are talking about something that every person can have: a personal relationship with God. And the Olympic colors help tell that story.”

The Engage Sochi kit is available online and offers a variety of resources, including sermon outlines and lesson plans, as well as unique ideas for using the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, as a way to reach out to friends and neighbors with the Gospel.

“We are very excited about this project,” Hooks says. “The second the torch is lit in Sochi, people from around the word will be tuned in to what is happening in Sochi. What better way to start a conversation?”