Many fans attending a recent soccer tournament in Honduras were treated to free, four-page programs. The cover photo showed the 50,000-seat National Stadium, while the back page had a scorecard for the six-nation event—an elimination round for the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain.
The attractive and useful program seemed like something to hang on to—a souvenir maybe. And that was exactly what the publishers wanted, because inside, headed by the apostle Paul’s exhortation to reach the prize that lies ahead, was a simple plan of salvation with Scripture portions.
This creative evangelistic effort was the work of AMEN—La Alianza Ministerial Evangelica National—and the first phase of its multipronged campaign in the Honduran capital and its sister city Comayagula.
Though formed only last April, AMEN has burst on the scene with a spate of activities, which, at least on paper, promise to make a spiritual impact on this Central American nation of 3.5 million (an estimated 7 to 10 percent are evangelical).
The interdenominational group of evangelical pastors and church leaders began by sending 300 young people to the National Stadium in November, bearing 200,000 of the “gospel scorecards.” AMEN next sent tract-bearing young people to Tegucigalpa’s mobile population: buses, markets, and in the streets. At the same time, adults worked a house-to-house visitation campaign—using 486,000 pieces of literature in all.
Then on November 15, AMEN promoted a pastoral exchange program among the city’s evangelical churches. All these events were designed to lead up to a December crusade in the National Stadium with evangelist Alberto Mottesi. This would be followed by a program to integrate ...1
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