NATAL, Brazil - On Sunday, July 13 soccer fans around the world will be glued to their TVs as Germany and Argentina battle in the finals of the World Cup.
Throughout this tournament, Christians have used the event as an opportunity to spread a message of God's love, including one U.S. women's soccer team that came to the town of Natal to put on a show of their own.
The Lady Bison team from Oklahoma Baptist University arrived in Natal for a schedule of friendly matches with local Brazilian teams.
They also held training camps for younger players.
They came with a unique tool for share God's love: a multi-colored soccer ball.
"It's kind of like the bracelets with all the different colors. The black represents the sin. The red, it represents the blood of Jesus Christ, he died for us. Then we explain to them that he's the son of God. We believe in our hearts that he's our Savior," on of the players Morgan Knox said.
During their brief stay in northern Brazil, the team reported that 18 people accepted Christ and 22 others showed an interest in hosting home Bible studies, which will strengthen the outreach of local missionaries.
Thousands of Baptist churches also participated in outreach events during the World Cup.
Some groups even used a small drone, wireless hotspots and free microchips for cell phones to share Christian videos and messages with soccer fans.