Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tuesday highlights: Matt

After another great morning at Kid’s Place, the guys’ afternoon started with soccer.  Brandon has noted that there are a bunch of frustrated former athletes on this trip, so it should be no surprise that we’ve found our way to the soccer field numerous times already.  Nothing like a bunch of Brazilian tweens and young teens to keep us humble!
Around 2:00 p.m., a group of 23 kids (most of them between 10 and 14) showed up at Kid’s Place to teach us guys how to play soccer.  Seriously, that’s why they came.  And if you played a video of their pick-up games next to the video of our initial pick-up game after we arrived, you’d have mounds of instructional material.
After some fun, Cody, who played collegiate soccer, shared with the kids how his faith in Christ changed his view of soccer from an outlet for securing the praise of others for good play to an outlet for glorifying God and proclaiming Christ.  We then split into several small groups to share the gospel.  Several of the kids, many of them alumni of Kid’s Place, had previously trusted Christ for salvation.  (Praise God for that and the ongoing efforts of the Kid’s Place staff!)  But a dozen others professed faith in Christ for the very first time today!  How remarkable!
You’ve already read about what transpired the rest of the afternoon, but this is how it all got started.  With so many people professing faith, our prayer for a church to be established in Coque becomes even more urgent.  Please join us in praying that God would raise up a shepherd to lead his sheep here.
To God be the glory!

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