Whether this opportunity will be an on-going ministry or not, remains to be seen. But the potential for making a significant impact on people’s lives on this continent is limitless. Some countries are in turmoil, ripped apart by civil war and decimated by poverty, famine, genocide, disease, ethnic conflict and religious extremists. Many people struggle to get a single meal a day! The average income is less than $2 a day. In some countries the child population is nearing 50% of the total.
Imagine the chaos – older siblings caring for younger ones, no employment, no education, few resources, little hope but plenty of hunger and suffering. We cannot just sit by and watch! With instant media today, it is easy to get lulled to sleep with just another statistic, but we MUST wake up and love our neighbor as ourselves. Extreme needs may require extreme resources. Are you willing to be involved?
Surge International was invited by church leaders and the Football (Soccer) Federation to bring a soccer team to help grass root development of the sport with intent to motivate and assist young people in their quest for a better life. Our strategy is to cooperate with existing agencies already involved in reaching people for Christ to ensure there will be good follow up in the aftermath of our involvement. In June 2014, with the “World Cup fever” in full pitch Surge brought together an international soccer team of professional and amateur players to play 4 matches in 3 cities. Many heard the good news that we hope will bring healing and restoration to a war torn country. Besides the soccer, the Surge team hosted several seminars for pastors, offered counseling for trauma in the aftermath of war, visited orphans and assisted several local ministries. Our motto of “bringing hope through soccer” continues to have long-lasting impact at grass root levels especially among the huge youth population. Click here for a Statesman Journal article about this effort.
Coming soon: November video release of “Kickoff to Hope” Tour!