About the Ball
What is The Mission Ball?
The Mission Ball is simply a soccer ball covered with Biblical Text. The Mission ball uses the world’s most popular sport as a means of connecting with people, drawing a crowd, and proclaiming Christ. Soccer is the one language understood on virtually every mission field. When you have a soccer ball you’ll have a crowd, and now you can use The Mission Ball as the “bridge” to share the Gospel.
Foundations of the Mission Ball
GOMADIS: Passing the Word
How Long Will The Mission Ball Last?
The Mission Ball Approaching 100,000 Sent
The Mission Ball on Rosen’s Sports
FAQs About the Ball
What size is The Mission Ball?
All Mission Balls are a size 5 ball. We do not currently have any plans to make The Mission Ball available in a size 4 in the near future.
What is the quality of The Mission Ball / How long does The Mission Ball last?
The question is impossible to answer because Mission Balls are used on a wide variety of surfaces in many different countries. Obviously the ball life will change if used by children on nice grass or adults on tough gravel. We are very purposeful about each aspect of the construction of The Mission Ball. From the bladder, to the stitching, cotton blend for strength, and PVC leather for durability. The Mission Ball is NOT a cheap throw away product. Each ball has been inflated and tested for air retention before we ever receive it. We can confidently say The Mission Ball will hold up as good, if not better than most other soccer balls out there. Of course there are certain times / areas / situations where no ball could withstand the abuse and environment. We use a butyl bladder for longer air retention, cotton underlay for strength, and PVC leather for toughness.
How long will the writing stay on The Mission Ball?
That is not an easy question to answer… it really depends on the situation. However, here are a couple things that help to understand the answer:
- the balls ARE designed to be used on asphalt, concrete, sand, & gravel
- the outer covering is a PVC leather which is tougher and more wear resistant to scuffs, tears, and cuts
- there is an additive in the ink which makes it “stick” to the ball better and makes it more scuff resistant
With all those things considered, so far nothing is impenetrable to the extreme conditions on most 3rd world country soccer fields. We can confidently say the The Mission Ball will hold up just as good, if not better than most soccer balls that are brought to the mission field, or used in other countries.
Another thing to consider is that I would guess (not a scientific study) that most mission balls never get kicked or played with. So often The Mission Ball is the first new gift someone has ever received and they take very good care of it. Often there will be a few balls in a community that get used and abused and scuffed up, while most balls are kept as their prized possession.
ALSO… please see answer to question above.
What exactly is written on The Mission Ball?
There are over 1,400 words on The Mission Ball, over 700 of them are from specific scripture verses, while the others are transitional phrases. To see, or download, the full text, click here.
How much space / weight are the Mission Balls?
Each deflated Mission Ball is just under 1 pound. A box of 50 deflated Mission Balls would be 28x18x18 inches and would weigh right around 48 pounds.
Do you have Mission Balls in (different languages)?
Our current language list of Mission Balls can be found here. If you do not see the language you are needing you may also email us to check on a specific language. We try to keep our list updated, but sometimes even though we have a language made, we have not made it available through our website.
Can you make Mission Balls in (different languages)?
We are always expanding our line of Mission Balls into different languages. If you are interested in a new language – we are interested in making them. In order for us to make a new language we will need a customer who is willing to order, pre- pay for at least 50 Mission Balls of that language, and we need at least 3 months advance notice for design, production, and shipping. We need to get the text translated from English to your desired language. If you have a contact who can translate the message, we can email you a Word Document containing the English text, and instructions, for you to pass along to your contact. Once we have the translation back we can format and continue with production. If you do not have a contact who can translate, but still are interested in a new language, we can try to find a contact to translate the message. Contact us directly to begin the process of getting a new language.
Do you have basketballs (or other sports)?
Currently The Mission Ball (soccer) is available in 38 languages, and The Mission Ball (Football) is available in English. God willing over the next few years we will continue to expand and add on Volleyballs & Basketballs. Our biggest obstacle is the finances necessary for starting a new sport. We need approximately $5000 to make Volleyballs and about $11,000 for Basketballs.