SÃO PAULO, Brazil—Isaac is a writer and a poet. He’s twenty-two years old and a recent alumnus of UNC at Chapel Hill. He describes his life before Christ as “religious” and “truly far from God in heart but not [in] action.” But while he was in college, God changed his life. Now he’s using his gifts to share the hope he has in Christ with students in São Paulo, Brazil.
São Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere and home to over one million college students.
EAST ASIA—It was a local bakery where Sarah*, and her Hands On partner, Lacey*, would go to practice sharing the Gospel in Chinese. A girl sat down to join their table and Sarah asked if she could practice her Chinese with her. Fumbling over her words, she began to read the Creation to Christ story.
Now Mandarin Chinese is a language that takes years to master. Hands On students only have six months on the field. As someone with the Gospel on the tip of her tongue, this was a struggle for Sarah.
LISBON, Portugal (BP)—The bright Portuguese sun illuminated the makeshift football field. In the distance, Atlantic waves beat the shore. Players for the Lisbon Crusaders took the field for their pre-game routines, which include, among other things, marking the field’s yard lines with sand.
While the challenge seems overwhelming to some, it excites Ashley Benson and Mandi Mapes. They want to share their faith in an area of the world where the Gospel is not welcome.
The wail of the Muslim call to prayer breaks the silence of the dawn. As roosters begin to crow, Hands On missionaries Kelsi Kelso and Brittany Breedlove greet another day in West Africa.
It’s one of those moments where you can almost hear crickets chirping. Two young adults are trying to get a room full of high school students to open up about issues they face at home.
SENEGAL – Charli Braxton* might have discovered the perfect assignment.
“You spend hours at a time just sitting with people and enjoying their company,” says the young volunteer working with high school students in western Africa. “And that’s perfect for me,”