Key activities of Engage 2015 have caught the attention of pastors from Japan and media throughout the USA.
For the first week of Rugby World Cup 2015, Engage 2015 hosted 8 pastors from key churches within Japan. The team visited key rugby sites, participated in prayer and church services and attended events hosted by local churches as part of the activities surrounding the tournament. The aim of the visit was primarily to build relationship links and look to four years time where Japan will host the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
Will Thompson, Head of the Japanese delegation says “It was very encouraging to be a part of the prayer wave while we were in England with Engage 2015. Being in a new country with brothers I had just met and praying together for the world of Rugby, sport, and ministry in the UK and around the world was powerful and a real blessing. It definitely inspired us to develop a prayer strategy and network as we pray and prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan as well as the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. When we pray in the name of Jesus God hears and and answers us – things happen. Engage 2015 is doing great things and prayer is the power source. We have taken this vision and passion with us back to Japan and encourage every follower of Jesus to join the Global Prayer Wave – that God would move mightily for His Kingdom and glory during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”
The US based Baptist Press have also picked up on Engage 2015 and written articles in the hope of inspiring similar community outreaches around the Super Bowl in the coming year throughout America.
UK Coordinator David Chawner says, ”It is really exciting to think that Engage 2015 can have a legacy which in the near future can impact the biggest sporting event in the US as well as the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019 and the Olympics in 2020. There are many applications for the resources which have been created by Engage 2015, and it will be wonderful to see more communities linking sport and faith all over the world beyond the Rugby World Cup 2015.”