Gillian’s Team Wins Championship

In her final game in Austria, Gillian McPherson (Biola University) scored the winning goal – giving her team the League Championship! A few highlights from her two years in Vienna – she made short term mission trips to Liberia and Kosovo (2); led an SBUX Bible Study, and organized the SBUX leaders Unity Dinners.

Back to Back Trips to Peru & Bolivia for Lotz

Surge VP Allen Lotz is heading back to his “roots”. Al grew up in Bolivia and will use his dual language skills, leadership experience in South America and soccer skills to support church planting, leadership development and to start a soccer camp ministry with the Stansberry orphanage in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (  Lotz says, “this is a dream come true, to be ministering back in Bolivia, using soccer and doing so with very dear Bolivian friends.”  The purpose is not only to minister directly but to teach others how soccer …

Read More

All-American Kinsey Chavez arrives in Vienna

SI is pleased to announce that Mid-American Nazarene University’s Academic All-American Kinsey Chavez will arrive in Vienna May 29th for soccer tryouts and to begin a year of ministry.

Irby treks to “The OC”, Mexico and Vienna

Surge CEO Dave Irby will attend a Christian businessman’s meeting this month in Orange County (CA) at the invitation of Barnabas Group founder Jim West; visit Tecate, Mexico to help plan the next project at the RSJB orphanage; and fly to Vienna the end of the month to visit with current staff and ministry partners and newest staff member Kinsey Chavez.

Sammy Surge to film first YouTube Video

Sammy Surge, Surge soccer’s “foxy” mascot will be in San Diego this month filming with his new friends Hansi and Atumbhu.  The plan is to film a fun little video to draw the young and young at heart to the team’s website  and Sammy’s message for children “study hard, play fair, help others”

In Vienna Young Adults go on Mission / sbux Studies Expand to USA

Young Adults from CIG (  traveled in small teams to Liberia, Romania, Israel, and Kosovo. The church has a heart for missions, a heart for the nations.  SBUX studies are being held in 9 different SBUX locations with topics ranging from “What is the Gospel? Genesis to Revelation”to Identity in Christ, Sacred Marriage, studying the book of Romans, 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Nehemiah. SBUX has now established new locations in Georgia and Minnesota.  Starbucks has opened a new location in Vienna at Schottengasse 9, 1010. Alicia and Gerfried jumped on it and moved their Friday …

Read More

Kosovo-Visit to Children’s Cancer Ward

Gillian McPherson, Anthony and Karissa Whitlatch are in Pristina, Kosovo on our annual mission trip from Vienna.  Pastor Mark Yocum (Calvary Chapel) took them to visit the children’s cancer ward at the local hospital.  We started an English club to introduce the community to the church’s new location, and of course there is the daily “street soccer”; this time in the pouring rain.  

Surge CEO at Christ Presbyterian

Surge CEO, Dave Irby will thank the Christ Presbyterian (Huntington Beach, CA) congregation this Sunday, February 24, for their support of the Surge’s work around the world.  Irby will briefly share his testimony and highlights from Vienna, Mongolia and Mexico.

Peru Update

Sr. VP, Al Lotz recently returned from a trip to the jungles of Peru where the team performed health and medical services, church construction and evangelism through soccer.  Al states that, “the trip was strenuous and tiring, but well worth the effort, especially after seeing the  impact we made.”  A number of people made professions of faith and it was a real encouragement and motivator for believers of several communities. Part of the purpose for the trip was to plan for future involvement in building a Bible School that will …

Read More

March/April News From Vienna & Kosovo

Surge Vienna staff are headed to Kosovo to partner with church planter Mark Yocom in an effort to do ministry through soccer in the community where the church is located. Details are yet to be determined, but may be similar to last year’s project when Surge members were a blessing to widows and their children by serving at the Widow’s Centre and in so doing fulfilled the final phrase of our theme verse, “strive for the widow” (Is. 1:17 YLT). Other current news from our Vienna office is that Miguel …

Read More

May 2013 GPI-Amateur Women’s Tour

Welcome to the exciting and dynamic world of Surge International! Our players & staff have completed ministry projects in over forty countries of the world! We are inviting you to join us at our European Headquarters in Vienna (Wien), Austria for 12 days in May 2013 for a Soccer Ministry experience. Soccer Training Park Outreach Bible Studies Matches click here for more details

Sharing a Life of Purpose

I was excited. I was coming home from my first mission station in Tacoma, WA.  A s usual I had no idea what the Lord really had in store for me.  George, as we all called The Reverend George Munzing had invited me to share some of my missionary stories at Trinity. Unbeknownst to me Mary Von Schimmelmann called my mom and invited our family to have lunch with the Von Schimmelmann family after the services were over. It was a whirlwind romance and seven months after we started dating …

Read More

Why Number 17?

Isaiah 1:17 (NET) “Learn to do what is right! Promote justice! Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! Take up the cause of the orphan! Defend the rights of the widow!” But why this verse and how has it provided guidance to Surge activities? Read more

January – New Surge Project to Peru

Al will be taking a trip to the jungles of Peru in conjunction with a church team to perform medical, construction and soccer projects.  Although it is a planning trip for a more extensive team later in the year, hands on work will still be accomplished.  The soccer connection is a first for this team, but could lead to an on-going ministry.  Assisting peruvian pastor Carlos, who leads a local congregation and also administers the church school is a primary purpose behind this effort.  The church is located on the …

Read More