International

EAST ASIA

Brian and Cherly H. - Cru/Athletes in Action


LATIN AMERICA

Ted and Juli Kautzmann - Latin America Training Network (L.A.T.N.) ReachGlobal Ted and Juli work with ReachGlobal in ProMETA, an international program that equips pastors and Hispanic missionaries throughout Latin America and Spain. Thousands are coming to Christ daily in Latin America, but ProMETA is badly needed because good leaders are in short supply. Most churches in the region lack pastors with serious training. This contributes to chronic, widespread problems. Latin Americans must be prepared to equip others for leadership. ProMETA allows students to remain in their own places of ministry, yet study with experts through the Internet. Students and instructors form on-line learning communities with close interaction. Courses are designed to develop the character, skills and knowledge necessary to lead churches and institutions that are truly biblical and effectively impact their culture. Over 50 students, representing 15 countries, are enrolled in ProMETA. Ted's responsibilities include recruiting faculty and teaching pastors on how to study and teach the Bible. Juli teaches English in a ministry to local Costa Ricans.


WORLDWIDE

Jim and Elaine Schmidtke - MLS and USL Pro Soccer Ministry Cru/ Athletes in Action Athletes in Action Soccer USA exists to build Christian leaders who use the global platform of soccer to proclaim the life changing message of Christ to the world.  


The North American soccer ministry update: 

Currently we have ministries in 18 Major League Soccer cities(3 in Canada) and 5 USL (minor league) cities involving over 150 players. We have also established ongoing ministries with the men’s USA National Team(15 players in the Ntl pool) and the U17 boy’s national team(at least 30 players). We have also led several Bible studies with the USA Women’s National Team by assisiting player/leader Stephanie Cox(at least 10 players). In addition we have been able to develop soccer specific ministries on several campuses including UNC, NC State, Akron, Ohio State, Duke, Indiana, and others. Internationally we have been able to send evangelistic competing men’s and women’s soccer teams over the last 15 years to at least 26 countries. 


Not only have these teams been able to share Christ with tens of thousands of people, but many of the players have returned with a passion to serve the Lord and become leaders. Some have joined our staff. Also, our teams have helped spur and encourage “in country” growth of ministries in several countries such as Ireland, South Africa, Moldova, Bolivia, Panama, and others Locally we have continued to develop a discipleship ministry with the Columbus Crew and Ohio State. On the Crew we have a solid base of 10 players and coaches who desire to grow in their faith and leadership. We have been able to develop several good relationships with other players and wives in the organization. Our athletes and coaches have shared the message of Christ to many thousands in Ohio.  


HUB USA Pro Soccer Ministry Map  


MIS World Map