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At Olympics, Christian and Islamic Groups Compete for Souls

At Olympics, Christian and Islamic Groups Compete for Soulsi
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Brian Padden
August 10, 2012 12:28 AM
In the Olympics, teams representing different countries compete for medals and national pride -- but outside the main stadium in London there is another competition where the stakes are higher. VOA's Brian Padden reports.
Brian Padden
LONDON — In the Olympics, teams representing different countries compete for medals and national pride -- but outside the main stadium in London there is another competition where the stakes are higher.

The competition is for people’s souls.

Christian groups like Amana Trust are handing out Bibles and spreading  the Christian word of God. Robin Fenwick, a volunteer from Canada, says they came to the Olympics because,  to use an analogy, if you want to go fishing you have to go where the fish are.

“You could use that expression. We're coming to find the lost souls and for Christians who would like to know more about this Bible,” Fenwick said.

Christianity has long been the dominant religion in Great Britain but this year at the Olympics a group of Muslims led by Sayful Islam is hoping to change the status quo.

“We are here representing Team Islam. The best team. The winning team. The only team that will succeed in this life and the next life,” he said.

Both groups are giving out literature and trying to convert Olympic fans as they enter the stadium. When asked if there is a direct competition going on, Fenwick diplomatically denied it.  

“No, we are not competing with anyone. Just out here sharing the love of God, giving out the word of the God to those who would like to receive it,” he said.

Perhaps because his Muslim group is often surrounded by Christians trying to shout over them, Sayful Islam was more confrontational in his response.

“There is no competition because, when the truth comes, falsehood always vanishes and is destroyed. So what you can see is yes, there may be a lot of noisy Christians around but it's the Muslims that have the truth and it's the Muslims that bring the message of God,” he said.

While there may be loud exchanges, Muslims and Christians are co-existing peacefully outside the Olympic park. And as long as they don't block foot traffic to the stadium, they are free to communicate their beliefs to anyone who will listen.

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by: Nora from: UK
August 10, 2012 2:57 PM
the biggest irony is that it falls to Israel to protect the Islamic Arabs from the Atomic iniquity of the Shia Iranians who hate Arabs... yet the Arabs still resent Israel...


by: Tom from: USA
August 10, 2012 2:50 PM
Was the prophet Mohammad a peaceful man? The present world conflicts effecting 85% of the world's people are caused by Moslem radicals and their religion of peace.They are chasing Christians out of the Middle-East. Western politicans finance Moslem radicals and welcome them into western nations. Moslems are immigrating what they call infidel nations. I am sure you have witnessed. The prophecies in the Bible predicted violence before Christ returns. Be informed at: rapturealert.com


by: Stephanie Anderson from: USA
August 10, 2012 2:08 PM
Maybe you should do a little research into who Sayful Islam is:

He is a member of a group called Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah, which is thought to have been formed by former members of Omar Bakri Mohammed's radical Islamist organisation al-Muhajiroun. One of them was Sayful Islam, a disciple of the inflammatory Bakri and a prominent hardline activist in Luton for more than five years.

After the September 11 attacks in America in 2001, he displayed posters around the town celebrating the " Magnificent 19" hijackers.
He says, "When a bomb attack happens here, I won't be against it, even if it kills my own children." He also lives off of the taxpayers of Britain.


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by: Tom from: USA
August 10, 2012 4:45 PM
Notice the Moslems have freedom of speech in the nations they call people infidels, yet in Moslem nations freedom of speech is not tolerated.


by: Lujack Skylark from: USA
August 10, 2012 2:42 AM
Modern writers in the Middle-East have blotted out Israel's ancient history from all modern textbooks. Here is the research missing.
Check out and google: (Assyria, Babylon, Biblical, Cush, Egypt and Elam confirmations) Find the history. Lets not hide the truth.

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by: Tom from: USA
August 13, 2012 9:52 AM
Its at raptureforums July 3, 2012 where you will find the entire historical data on (Assyria, Babylon, Biblical, Cush, Egypt and Elam confirmations)

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by: Tom from: USA
August 10, 2012 2:13 PM
Wow. Interesting article about Soul winners and Ancient History.
Exciting times in which we live.

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