Unity at the Olympics

OM International | Brazil

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.” - Nelson Mandela

As millions of people came to Brazil for the Olympics this year, the church united in order to seize the opportunities this event brought.

OM Brazil worked in partnership with “Movimento Braços Abertos” (Open Arms Movement) to gather many churches, mission organisations, and individuals willing to serve from different countries, backgrounds, and cultures with one single goal: to share about Jesus. Together they prepared for months beforehand through training and by making arrangements in order to receive teams from overseas.

As the time came for the games to start, the OM team counted 45 people from 12 different nations coming to work alongside at the Olympics and Paralympics outreaches. They were then split into three teams in order to better serve in the different locations around the city of Rio de Janeiro.

In the words of Mafe Campos, OM Brazil’s Sportslink representative, “God opened so many doors for us to serve, bless, pray, cry, rejoice, love and play in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It was a life changing experience.”

The team shared about Jesus using arts, sports and creative evangelism in order to reach people in slums, streets, parks, arenas, and fan zones. It was a great opportunity to connect with a lot of people.

When talking about the impact of their work at these events, Mafe shares the story of a young boy named Andrew. The team met him during the Kids Games in the community of São João. After hearing the Good News of Salvation, he came up to a team member and asked how Christ could be his Saviour. After giving his life to Jesus, the team was able to continue in prayer and conversation with him about the decision he had made.

The team also experienced God opening doors in front of the Maracanã Stadium. There was a huge crowd and the team was gathering to share the gospel with people. As they looked around they saw the police force preparing for their task of protecting the games, and they went over to speak with them. One of the policemen was a believer and called all of his colleagues over so that the team could pray for and share the gospel with them.

Overall the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro brought unity among churches and organisations as well as many open doors for the teams to connect, serve, love and share life with people. OM Brazil trust that the blessings that came out of those weeks will impact a multitude for years to come.

Published: Tuesday, 08 November 2016
Credit: OM International
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