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On Mission With International World Changers

Hands clasped and heads bowed, the two basketball teams prayed at center court. Suddenly, a loud Arabic chant erupted from the mosque across the street.

A few players from the visiting team glanced up. It was the first time they had ever heard the guttural Islamic "call to prayer." Several men sitting on the sidelines gathered their bottle of water for washing before prayers and headed to the mosque. Most opted to stay and watch the Americans play the local team, but mainly they wanted to hear why this group of youth visited the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

International World Changers (IWC) spread throughout the city in late July in an effort to "change the world" through Jesus Christ. More than 110 Southern Baptist youth from twenty states combined forces for this project through the international missions organization for youth, sponsored by the SBC International Mission Board. The teens did everything from hosting basketball and volleyball clinics, to working with street kids, to doing construction work.

Daniel Deblasio from Nashville, Tenn., couldn't believe that basketball provided such an opening for him to s...

Essential In Reaching Africa For Christ
On the outskirts of the small Ugandan village sits a rock. It looks like an ordinary rock, but in fact this rock is so special it is considered the village's god. Once a week, villagers approach the rock, offering sacrifices of food and other valuables. After laying the sacrifices down, they must turn around and never look back. Southern Baptist International Mission Board missionaries Willie and Beulah Scott shake their heads sadly. "I've heard of such things," Beulah says. "But until you see it, you just can't believe that it actually happens." Willie clears his throat and leans forward in his chair, a tear in his eye.