Athletics

MU Basketball Team Shares Gospel in Taiwan

tipsCoach Curt Bickley shares the details of the Lions' mission trip to Taiwan this month. 

Multnomah in Taiwan

The basketball team flew to Taipei on May 9 and spent the week playing basketball games and sharing the Gospel. We were able to share the Gospel publicly 12 times during the week.

Thanks to our Taiwan missionaries for all their help and for making this trip work:

  • Uwe Maurer
  • Rex Manu
  • Dave Freeman
  • Garrett Freeman
  • Dan Long

Games

We played 8 games in 6 days. At each game, we were able to share the Gospel with the other team and their fans at halftime. All the teams were very open to listening to the mission of our trip.

We handed out bracelets that said Multnomah University on one side and John 3:16 on the other. We told the crowd to Google both. Our interpreters were great, and there were times when we even used guys from the other team to interpret.

TAIWAN TECH

Bethany Christian School

We visited Bethany on Tuesday morning. Stevie Sansone and Davey Walker shared their testimonies with the kids after I spoke. We played Hot Box free throws with the kids and had a great time.

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Taichung Elderly Home Visit

Rex Manu set up a great visit for our guys. We listened to Grandma Wu share her life story, and then the residents listened to me share mine. Our guys then massaged the arms and hands of the elderly and then Rex shared the plan of salvation. Eight people who wanted assurance of a home in Heaven raised their hands.

ELDERLY HOME

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Kinmenn Islands

We flew out to the Kinmenn Islands and spent the day on scooters riding around both islands before we made our way out the the only school on the island. We spent time with the junior high, gave them Jeremy Lin books and shared the gospel. It was the first American basketball team to ever visit their school.

FOOD

SCOOTERS

Love Life Basketball Game

Saturday night was a special treat for everyone: We played the SBL All Star team (Taiwan Pro League). The purpose of the game was to raise awareness and money for kids with cancer. We did not know how big of an event it was until we showed up and saw hundreds of fans lined up to get in an hour before the game.

During the introduction of players, each player from both teams came out with one of the children. Blackie Chen prayed for the kids with both teams out on the court.

TEAM

At halftime, I was able to share the Gospel with over 700 fans and players. After the game, we spent time with everyone involved. We actually won the game by a score of 63-56, surprising most. Our guys represented MU extremely well that night; it was a great success.

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 Thank you to all our donors that made this trip happen! 

— Coach Bickley

Basketball Team Seeks Support for Mission Trip to Taiwan

The MU Lions and their coach, Curt Bickley, will be taking a mission trip to Taiwan May 10-19. Bickley has been coaching men's basketball at Multnomah since 2003. This will be the sixth mission trip he has taken with the Lions and the fourth mission trip to Taiwan.

The team will work with Taiwan Sunshine, a nonprofit that supports special needs children by providing outreach and special events, such as the Hero Games, which is similar to the Special Olympics. During their trip, the Lions will volunteer at the Hero Games and run various basketball clinics around the country. The team members will not only have the chance to teach children the rules of the game; they will also get to share the Gospel with them.

basketballteam_mainEleven team members will be traveling to Taiwan, and each of them needs to raise $2,000 to cover expenses for traveling, food and lodging. The team has shared the following prayer requests with the Multnomah community:

  • Successful fundraisers
  • Spiritual, mental and physical preparation for the trip
  • Safety while traveling
  • Eternal results from their ministry

The Lions are still hard at work raising money for the trip. The cutoff date for donations is April 20.

Want to contribute to this mission trip? Include the following information with a check made payable to "MU Athletic Tour":

  • Your name and address
  • The amount you're donating
  • The name of the player whom you're supporting (This is optional. You may choose to help a specific player or donate to the general fund.)

Send this information, along with your gift, to the following address:

Multnomah University, Athletic Department
8435 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97220

Remember: Only checks made out to "MU Athletic Tour" can be accepted. Donations over $20 are tax deductible. Your financial gift cannot be refunded. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that MU has complete control and discretion over the use of all donated funds.

The MU Lions are grateful for your support!

For more information about Multnomah Athletics, check out our athletics page.

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