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Volunteers come from 14 nations to witness at games in Australiacomment (0)

September 28, 2000

Fourteen nations, plus Aussies from all parts of the country are represented at Windsor District Baptist Church’s sprawling “Tent City” Olympic village in Windsor, Australia, just an hour from Sydney’s Olympic scene.

The volunteers hail from the United States, Canada, England Germany, Kenya, South Africa and Japan as well as New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan.

Bill Whelan, a deacon at Windsor Baptist Church, said that at the project’s onset he had no idea Tent City would bring so much of the world to his doorstep.

“The most exciting thing had been seeing groups of international Christians proclaiming one Lord and one Savior, evangelizing together – Shoulder-to-shoulder evangelism,” Whelan said. “That’s us proclaiming to the world that we are one and those groups are having a profound effect on Australia.”

Not only have the groups reached international Olympic visitors, but Whelan said they’ve made a sizable impact on the Aussies themselves.

“We are seeing Australians with no reservations committing their lives to Jesus Christ,” he said. “That’s so important because there is no other way. You can’t educate people into the kingdom of God. You can’t culturally accept them, manipulate them or buy them into the kingdom. It’s our challenge (to tell them that). And Australians – with barely 3% of evangelical Christians – are in dire need of someone to tell them. The continent of Australia has never experienced a major revival. (BP)

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