The World Police and Fire Games were hosted in Northern Ireland in the summer of 2013. 7,500 athletes from all over the world gathered to compete in the games which is often referred to as the third largest sporting event in the world (after the Olympics and Football World Cup).
Christian police officers and firefighters from Northern Ireland met before the games to discuss the best way to communicate with so many of their colleagues. They decided that producing a Gospel of John unique to the games would be a great way of marking the event.
After much prayer, they partnered with Biblica to produce their own customised Gospel of John to give out at the event to competitors. The event organisers agreed that each and every competitor would receive their own personal copy, neatly packed with their joining instructions and registration material. Volunteers from a local youth offenders detention centre set about packing the 7,500 Gospels on their behalf and, as a result, competitors received a copy and took them home as far as Europe, China and South America.
Those involved were delighted that the Word of God was so easily placed into the hands of so many and trust the Lord will use these Gospels to His glory in the months and years to come.