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Kristi Payne, 

District NMI President, Northwestern Ohio District



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Kristi Payne serves as the Northwestern Ohio District Nazarene Missions International (NMI) President. With a passion to help reach the lost for Christ, Payne has implemented a strategy for the children of the district to join forces to raise money to help others know Jesus. They are seeking to raise $10,000 to purchase soccer balls to be distributed around the globe to use as tools to tell the story of God's love.

Northwestern Ohio Scores with GOL2010 
By Kristi Payne District NMI President

The children of the Northwestern Ohio District score 1,000 goals with the GOL 2010 evangelism soccer ball! This year the children, children's pastors, and Nazarene Mission International (NMI) leaders are partnering together to raise enough money to purchase 1,000 soccer balls to help Children's Ministries International (CMI), JESUS Film Harvest Partners, Nazarene Youth International (NYI), and World Mission meet their goal of distributing 10,000 evangelism balls worldwide through 2010 in conjunction with the World Cup soccer event being hosted in South Africa in June and July next year.

Each year the children of the Northwestern Ohio District embrace a project as their own, raising $10,000-$12,000. The kids are excited about the evangelism soccer ball project because they can identify with it. They play soccer at school, in the park, on a team, and in the backyard with their friends. Being able to use the game and colors on the soccer ball as a focal point to share the gospel is something anyone can do, especially kids!

The project was kicked off this year at the District NMI Convention. Pyramids of evangelism balls flanked the platform of the convention while children dressed in their soccer uniforms ran down the aisles dribbling soccer balls led by their "coach", Jon Spyker, the District NMI Children's Coordinator. Jon explained the project to the convention and invited everyone to visit the project display during the convention. 

Each church was invited to take an evangelism ball home with them to use as promotion for the project. Several churches are making plans to hold soccer clinics using the soccer balls. At next year's NMI convention, children across the district will be taught how to use the evangelism ball to share the gospel of Jesus Christ while participating in a convention soccer clinic. The soccer balls will also be used to engage children on the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina in the gospel of Jesus Christ during the district Work and Witness trip the summer of 2010.