The Brazilian Bible Society will distribute four million Bibles in an effort to reach the multitude of soccer fans that will trek to Brazil to attend the FIFA World Cup.
Leaders of the international outreach organization say over half a million fans from around the world will descend upon Brazil to join three million local fans, all of whom they hope to share the Gospel with.
“Brazilians are football-mad and their obsession with football will reach fever pitch over the next few weeks …,” said Dr. Rudi Zimmer of the Bible Society of Brazil, reports the United Bible Societies. “We want the Bible to have a prominent presence amid all the excitement. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for churches and Christians here to share God’s Word with local and foreign fans, and we want to equip and encourage them to do that.”
He added, “We want as many people as possible to get the chance to hear about God’s love for them, so please pray for this outreach at the World Cup,” Zimmer saidl. “Pray for God’s blessing and guidance for the volunteers and pray that the football fans will have open hearts to hear and welcome the message of God’s Word.”
The 2014 World Cup is played every four years and kicked off in Sao Paulo on June 12, where 32 teams will compete over the course of a month