Take a Journey … to the Urban Centers of South Africa
Around 30 million people – over 60 percent of the population – live in South Africa’s urban centers, including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
In June and July, 2010, many more will descend on nine of these cities to attend the FIFA World Cup, the biggest soccer tournament on the globe.
Take a journey through South Africa’s nine host cities. Get to know their stadiums, their residents, their claims to fame. Discover how Christians are using the World Cup to share God’s love with South Africa’s city dwellers and the soccer fans they are hosting.
Take a Journey …. to the Hearts of the Nation
An estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide are expected to watch or listen to the World Cup, including many Christians.
It is our prayer that, as the eyes of Christians turn to South Africa for the World Cup, they will also turn to the people of South Africa.
They’re a beautiful and diverse nation, boasting 11 official languages and a radiant mosaic of ethnicities. Since apartheid ended in 1994, great strides have been made toward racial equality.
Yet in the midst of this hope, there is also fear. Fear of poverty, since the global economy has affected the job market. Fear of losing family and friends to HIV/AIDS. Fear of gangs, of crime, of political unrest. Continued fear of racial discrimination.
Take a Journey … to the Very Heart of God
God offers peace and hope to the peoples of South Africa. Through a relationship with Him, they can experience joy and freedom from their fears.
As you follow the World Cup, will you commit to pray for the peoples of South Africa, and for the millions of fans who’ll be watching the games? Pray they’ll desire to know and follow the One who created them and who longs to have a relationship with them.