Evangelism at World Cup
In Brazil, where the FIFA World Cup begins today, soccer has traditionally salved the wounds of the countrys slums and prostitution zones.
When the soccer starts...they forget about the child that was murdered minutes ago, said Craig Weyandt, an American who has been in Brazil for 14 years with ReachGlobal, a ministry of the Evangelical Free Church of America.
But this year, not everyone is getting into the game. Corruption, industry strikes, and fragmented protests weigh heavier on Brazilians hearts and minds than soccer. A Pew survey this month found that two-thirds of Brazilians think hosting the World Cup is a bad idea. Transit workers this week in both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have threatened to strike.