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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 Benavides (Grand Canyon University) recently signed to play for Hirschtetten in Vienna.

Also Stefan Ostergren and Karissa Whitlatch shared testimonies this past Saturday at Gnaden Kirche in Vienna to a group of young people that showed a lot of interest by asking a number of questions concerning their cross cultural experiences with Surge in Vienna.

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 street

Vienna (Wien), Austria

for 12 days in May 2013 for a Soccer Ministry experience.

  • Soccer Training
  • Park Outreach
  • Bible Studies
  • Matches
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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 Susie Von Schimmelmann and I were married at Trinity.

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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?

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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 peruvian coast, but they have an outreach into the jungle to support a small fellowship of believers and to also bring needed teaching and training to lay-pastors in the region.  Besides doing some soccer outreach Al will also be translating for the group.

January – NSCAA Coaches Convention

Dave and Al will be attending the National Soccer Coaches Association of America coaches convention in Indianapolis January 17-20.  We hope to make positive connections with university coaches who have soccer players interested in Surge operations and who might want to make a difference around the world.

December – Okubo to join Surge

Gifted Bible teacher, experienced youth minister and soccer coach Ryan Okubo joins Surge staff.  For now Ryan will be involved on a part time basis, assisting with recruiting, development of soccer camp events and some travel overseas.  Ryan and wife, Donna, have three children and liv in Rome, GA.  With Ryan’s passion for reaching people for Christ, we are privileged and blessed to receive his skill set as a member of Surge.  We are truly grateful to God for this development.

First GPI-Vienna Surge players

View first GPI-Vienna Surge players, Grant Knight and Nate Brewer and the Surge Team on the Amazon River and in Salem, Oregon. See also the team’s honorary captains, the Roloff family.


In partnership with church planter and pastor, Mark Yocom, Surge soccer has on-going events to encourage the people of Kosovo. While Mark is a chaplain for NATO forces he also is actively involved in the local community, part of which is reaching out to children through the sport of soccer. Surge staff (and friends) visit Kosovo regularly and actively build relationships with boys and girls in the process. The final phrase of our theme verse “defend the rights of the widow” (Is.1:17) was recently fulfilled in that we were able to assist widows (caused by the war) by looking after their children so they could study and work. Who would have thought soccer would help widows?


Stories That Inspire

“With God all things are possible” (Jesus in Mt 19:26)

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Here are their stories…

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