PRESS RELEASE: Two unprecedented events kickoff in Russia tomorrow; church and sports find common ground

Religion News Service | 6/14/2018 | Staff
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MOSCOW — As the countdown begins for the June 14 kickoff of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament in Russia, so does an evangelistic campaign to reach 3 million soccer fans in the host country. Mission Eurasia’s innovative outreach, sidestepping a crackdown on evangelistic activity in the country, is gaining momentum.

“More than anything, Russia needs the light of the gospel.” Mission Eurasia ( is partnering with hundreds of Russian churches to distribute 600,000 Scriptures in the country as it hosts the 2018 World Cup.

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The number of churches taking part in an initiative that will see them open their doors for free, big-screen broadcasts of the games in the competition that runs from June 14 through July 15 has almost doubled.

“While soccer fans around the world cross their fingers as their national teams play in the coming days, hoping for a victory, Mission Eurasia urges Christians to join their hands in prayer with a different result in mind,” said Sergey Rakhuba, president of Mission Eurasia. “We have an unprecedented opportunity in the next few weeks as Christians around the world join us in praying that God will use this campaign to reach many people with the gospel to extend his kingdom.”

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By hosting the screenings at their meeting places, the churches address 2016 legislation that restricts evangelism to buildings of officially recognized churches only. Since the creative World Cup initiative was first announced, the number of churches wanting to take part has risen to more than 400.

Central to the effort is the distribution of around 600,000 pieces of Russian-language scripture, including 100,000 special-edition New Testaments with a QR code link to further discipleship resources and directions to local churches. Mission Eurasia has launched a campaign to raise $75,000 to meet a matching grant from one of its partners to provide the New...
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