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Intense Olympics schedule sparks ‘Baptist Bobsled Team’ nickname

SALT LAKE CITY (BP)–Just moments after stepping off their plane in Salt Lake City, volunteers from the Atlanta-area Hebron First Baptist Church in Dacuala were witnessing to a young woman.

Their schedule at the Winter Olympics was hectic from that moment forward, including prayerwalks, witnessing in local malls and assisting in ministry activities at the Main Street Coffee House in downtown Salt Lake.

“We quickly learned we had to make ourselves available,” said team captain Libby Bridger. “Then, the Lord simply put people in front of us.”

With 11 team members working for seven days, Bridger estimated that her team easily interacted with 1,000 or more people.

“In one case, several of us shared the gospel with as many as 30 people each during the span of two hours,” she recounted.

Olympic visitors are interested in Winter Olympics items, of course, and the witness-oriented More Than Gold lapel pin distributed for free attracts attention with its five-color snowflake. “People notice the pin, and our face-painting of the logo draws people’s attention,” Bridger said.

“We made so much commotion that we took on the nickname ‘The Baptist Bobsled Team,'” Bridger said.

“This has changed my life forever,” Shellee Kyker said. “I hate to go home, but God will continue to touch lives, including my own heart. This has been an incredible experience.”
Brett is managing editor of The Christian Index, Georgia Baptists’ newsjournal. (BP) photos posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo titles: FLAGS and ON THE GO.

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