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Students share Christ’s love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy
Jul07

Students share Christ’s love in Brazil amid World Cup frenzy

>> by Alan Brant  Baptist Press writer   RIO DE JANEIRO (BP)—There were no flashbulbs or television cameras, only teammates—mostly children half his size and barefoot—who celebrated and mobbed Dane Van Ryckeghem after he assisted in a goal during the game. The frenzy of World Cup soccer had nothing on the jubilant Brazilian neighborhood kids playing with visitors from the United States on a soggy field on the outskirts of...

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OBU women’s soccer does World Cup outreach
Jun24

OBU women’s soccer does World Cup outreach

NATAL, Brazil—Oklahoma Baptist University’s (OBU) women’s soccer team kicked off Baptist outreach efforts for the FIFA World Cup with a week-long mission project combining soccer and evangelism. When 10 Lady Bison players, their coaches and chaperones arrived in Ceará-Mirim, Brazil, in late May, they received a welcome worthy of a World Cup team. Members of the town’s First Baptist Church, wearing T-shirts promoting their outreach...

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Hunting show shares Gospel, reaches men for Christ
Jun16

Hunting show shares Gospel, reaches men for Christ

It was week seven of Falls Creek summer camp in 2000. Brad Clay had just graduated from Allen High School in May and was excited to attend Falls Creek one last time as a student before he was off to college on a football scholarship. He had his life mapped out. Brad had been a faithful member at Allen, First. He was unaware of what God had in store for him that week. “God hit me like a ton of bricks” said Clay. “I had my life planned,...

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Dempsey finds strength in the Lord
Jun09

Dempsey finds strength in the Lord

>> by Brett Honeycutt   Managing Editor, Sports Spectrum   EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a re-print from a recent edition of Sports Spectrum. Published with permission.   Clint Dempsey was in kindergarten when he discovered that he loved soccer. The exhilaration of scoring goals was exactly what he needed to deepen his love for a game that has taken him all over the world and allowed him to play at soccer’s highest...

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OBU women’s soccer does pre-World Cup ministry
Jun02

OBU women’s soccer does pre-World Cup ministry

The 2014 World Cup begins June 12 and continues through July 13, as 32 “international football” teams will meet in Brazil to compete for the illustrious title in the world’s most popular sport. Preparing for the prominent event will be Oklahoma Baptist University’s (OBU) women’s soccer team which did some pre-World Cup ministry in Natal, May 26 – June 2. A group of 16 were involved in doing soccer clinics, playing “friendly” soccer...

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My visit with Coach Lower
May27

My visit with Coach Lower

I had a wonderful experience recently. I took a tour of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Growing up in Oklahoma and being a sports enthusiast, this was right up my alley. I also had an extra treat with Gary Lower as my own personal tour guide. I have gotten to know Lower in the past year, as we both are members of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs. He has been a good source for me for coming up with...

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