World Cup Final – Victory for Italy, Salvation for Me!

Rico - Frankfurt, Germany

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Hi everyone around the world,

I’m Rico from Frankfurt and I'd like to tell you how I got saved.

Before I received the Holy Spirit and was baptised, my life was pretty normal. I went to school, did my homework and played soccer with my friends in the afternoons. I didn’t believe in God or Creation but didn't believe in evolution either. For me was it enough to have a nice family, good friends and for life to just carry on.

When I finished school, I said goodbye to my home town in Thüringen, East Germany and started a new life in Frankfurt. It was a big step to leave all my friends and family behind and start my apprenticeship as a landscape gardener. A few months after I started there, a colleague of mine started witnessing to me and we had a discussion about God and Bible history. Although I tried to refute his statements with my knowledge from my time in school, when he invited me to a meeting I said yes. When I went along, I started to learn about what it means to be a Christian, as well as about Bible history.

Time went by and I attended more and more meetings. For the first time in my life, I started reading the Bible. But I didn’t make a decision to follow God, and most of the things which I read in the Bible I didn’t understand.

In June 2006 the World Cup was held in Germany and I was keen to support my favourite team, Italy. I watched most of the games on TV and Italy made it into the semi-final. Then they won the semi-final, and before the final I started praying to God: ”Lord, if Italy wins the final I will give up my life and follow you.”

Just at that moment a big firework display started and I realised that Italy won the final!

After I finished my prayer I was travelling back to Frankfurt and listening to the match on the radio, hoping that Italy would win. After I arrived at my flat, I sat at my window and spoke to God: “I will follow you even if Italy doesn’t win the match.” Just at that moment a big firework display started and I realised that Italy won the final!

The next day I wrote a message to my workmate telling him I wanted to be baptised. Later that week I was baptised, and received the Holy Spirit at 01:30am that night. ACTS 2:38 The Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

That changed my life completely! Later my colleague told me that he received my message about being baptised at the very moment he finished praying for me to be saved. MATTHEW 7:7 ”Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” 

Praise God for this miracle! Maybe he will use your own favourite team to get you saved, you never know….!