Andrew Branch

Andrew is a freelance writer living in Raleigh, N.C. He was homeschooled for 12 years and recently graduated from N.C. State University. He writes about sports and poverty for WORLD. Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewABranch.

Andrew Branch

Different world, same Word

Missions | After 26 years of linguistic work, the Kasua tribe dedicated its newly printed New Testaments
by Andrew Branch
Posted 2/15/18, 02:57 pm

PAPUA NEW GUINEA—Flanked by a mass of bodies singing in Kasua, “God’s book has come,” four men shouldered boxes of the first New Testaments in their language toward the Musula village center in remote Papua New Guinea.

In front, three women adorned with paint and cassowary feathers danced in circles before the procession. Behind, a throng with rattles of gourds and pill bottles kept time to fierce drumming by men with faces in rigid feather frames. They wore percussive peacock tails of reeds and clusters of crayfish shells.

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What were the odds?

Sports | A ragtag soccer team and an upstart soccer website find unexpected success
by Andrew Branch
Posted 5/13/16, 01:00 am

Perhaps Elvis is alive. Those odds are 2,000-to-1. And despite 5,000-to-1 odds, Leicester City players on May 2 became champions of England in their second year in the UK’s top soccer league.

“They’ve got no real history, no pedigree, on the face of it,” baffled Englishman Liam Flint said of the ragtag champions of the Barclays Premier League.

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Sabbath-keeping Scots

Sports | Christian tennis team forgoes a Sunday championship match
by Andrew Branch
Posted 4/29/16, 01:00 am

The women’s tennis team at Covenant College caused a stir when it forfeited an April conference championship match on a Sabbath Sunday, but not among stakeholders themselves.

The players knew what was in store. “I actually met with [players] before they left to say, when you win and make the championship game, here’s what’s going to happen. … And here’s a reminder of why,” athletics director Kyle Taylor told me.

And conversations with Covenant and the conference in which it competes revealed a relationship based on mutual respect.

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