Location: Kazan, Russia
Term: July 3-17, 2013
Focus: Student-athletes, coaches & officials from 200 nations. Helping launch spiritual movements with students who will be volunteers at the event.
Length: 2 Week Project
In July 2013, the students of the nations are coming to Russia for a unique global event. The World University Games occur every two years, and 10,000 elite student athletes from over 200 countries will be gathering in Kazan, Russia for ten days of events and competition.
The university games began officially in 1905, when the first international games were held in the USA. These meetings continued throughout the 20th century, being held in various countries around the world. The founding of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in 1959 provided an international governing body for the games and gave the event its current name: “Universiade”. This also encouraged a higher level of excellence among participants and gave the gathering a more Olympic-style format with events in a wide variety of disciplines.
The 27th World University Summer Games in Kazan will be the first Universiade, and even more, the first high-profile multi-sport event in the history of modern Russia. The 2013 Summer Universiade will start on July 6th and end on July 17th, 2013.
This presents a unique, strategic opportunity for accomplishing our mission that we can’t let pass by.
Kazan is one of the most important cities in all Russia where we currently do not have a ministry. With a population of over one million, Kazan is capital of the largest Muslim people group in Russia, the Tatars, as well as home to one of the most prestigious and oldest universities in Russia. Because of the Muslim nature of Kazan, sharing the gospel and building a ministry has been very difficult in this location. However, a world event like the World University Games opens a two-week window when some of the barriers that we might typically encounter in a place like Kazan will be lowered.