BASEBALL CAMPS, SPORTS OUTREACH

Through JLM and Breakaway Outreach partnerships in Germany, communities are being mobilized to reach the lost, nurture disciple-making relationships, and strengthen the local church. We partner with our German friends to facilitate gospel-centered sports outreaches for youth, aid in serving migrant and refugee children, and supplement church planting movements. This work is engaging German culture in fresh ways, bringing communities together, and making Jesus famous among unreached people groups.

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Why do mission work in Germany?

Europe is an epicenter for cross-cultural influence and global impact. Europe's economics, education, politics, philosophies and culture shape modern life and thought. Europe's cities, through their diverse populations and activities, produce connections with individuals and cultures from around the world. Imagine what would happen if that influence could be harnessed to extend God's Kingdom.

Once Europe was known as a Christian continent, yet now much of Europe is spiritually destitute. Many regions in Europe have not had meaningful exposure to biblical Christianity for several generations. In “post-Christian” Germany, evangelical Christians make up only about 3% of the population. Less than 50% of Germans believe in a life after death. Only 45% believe in a personal God, and only about 8% worship regularly. Yet amidst spiritual destitution, many German young people are searching for answers about God, faith, Jesus, and eternity. It is a field ripe for harvest!

Missional Focus

Our missional focus in Germany is to help mobilize and equip communities to use baseball camps and sports outreaches for cultivating environments where gospel-destitute kids can hear and respond to the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. These camps/clinics reach the lost, build relationships between church communities and the unchurched, and create pathways for long-term discipling relationships.

Why Baseball?

Baseball is a relatively unknown sport in Germany. Having Americans instruct baseball is not only engaging for German youth, it impacts entire families and communities. Utilizing baseball camps for 8-18 year old young people has proven to be groundbreaking in its effectiveness to share the gospel. One German church leader called it the single most effective evangelism model he’d ever seen.

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