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Creating opportunities

This is the second article in an on-going series meant to encourage you in your regular evangelism efforts.

"Where can I play?" When Hillary and I moved from East Asia to Mankato, MN in 2018, there were a LOT of changes that we had to get used to. One of the biggest challenges for me was not being able to play soccer every week. Playing soccer was one of my favorite pastimes while we lived overseas! It wasn’t solely exercise for me, it was also one of the best ways I was able to meet people, become friends and invite them to Bible study.

Fast forward to today. It’s our fourth year living in Mankato and I really miss playing soccer. In China I could show up at the local university any night of the week and play multiple pick-up games. In Mankato, unfortunately, that was not the case.

Fortunately for me, Facebook groups had a solution to this problem. I was able to set-up a group on Facebook in May of 2021 and after a few weeks of trial and error, I had a solid group of 10+ people coming to play pick-up soccer at a local park in town. We started off small, but eventually throughout the summer and fall we played almost twenty different times and had over fifty different people join us! At any one time there could be up to three different languages being spoken on the pitch. It was incredible!

I am SO thankful for the opportunity God has given me to make friends, especially friends who come from such diverse backgrounds.

I am excited to see how I can continue to grow these relationships and God-willing make friendships that last beyond this lifetime.

What about you? What Facebook group can you start? I suppose you can think about one thing that you are interested in or passionate about and see if there is a Facebook group in your area for that hobby or interest. If you can’t find one, start one! Like me it may take a few weeks to gain some traction, but eventually, you never know how God may bless you with abundant opportunities to witness once you get going. I’m excited for you! Please share with me/the group what you are up to and remember…Keep doing what you did!

Jacob B. - FoC alumni (2014-2018)



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