How we will impact
Wars in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia have created the largest displacement of people since the end of World War II with nearly 60 million people being forcibly displaced in 2014 (UNHCR).
These events have caused the greatest migration of people to Europe in recorded history (CNN). Peoples from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq comprise the vast majority of refugees fleeing to Europe.
This movement of people is quickly becoming one of the greatest crisis' of our generation. Germany has become a top destination for forcibly displaced peoples looking for new hope. 2015 saw 890,000 refugees seek asylum in Germany (Washington Post). While the number of new arrivals has dropped to 300,000 in 2016, the opportunity to impact lives will remain for years to come.
Meeting the growing needs of this crisis is tremendous and daunting, but also unprecedented is the opportunity for the gospel to people from three of the least reached country's in the world. Our family feels called to meet the physical needs of these peoples, while showing them the hope Jesus brings in meeting their spiritual needs.
Our family's desire is to partner with a vision to positively impact the youth and families of Germany by giving hope and creating opportunities for personal, academic, and athletic growth that is gospel-centered.
Our ministry model will partner with the local church in Berlin to create free weekly soccer programs that have sustainability in targeted communities. Our goal is to develop a long-term presence in Berlin to meet the challenges faced by today's youth and to build the church in one of Europe's least reached cities. Berlin is of strategic importance due to the high poverty rate there in the city (21%) and the large number of refugees being settled in Berlin.
Activities and Programs
We see soccer as a tool to giving us a platform to impact lives. Below we have outlined our strategy for developing activities and programs that we hope to accomplish in the next five years as we pursue our mission of impacting the lives of youth and families in Berlin.
“Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.”
A.W. Tozer | The Pursuit of God
Impacting the Youth
Our outreach program will target the growing numbers of youth in Berlin. By creating an after school sports curriculum that allows us to establish programs in key communities on a weekly long-term basis, we can create opportunities to mentor youth. We have seen the potential for this through short-term outreach in Berlin over the past three summers (See the picture gallery below).