North America

2020 VIRTUAL CAMPS

Due to not being able to hold in-person camps in 2020, our North America Team was grateful for the opportunity to hold two weeks of Virtual All-Sports Camp. Virtual programming had never been done in Push The Rock before this, so our team was grateful for God providing the opportunity to open up this new door for ministry! Below are some stats from the virtual camps along with a testimonial from the Schwenk family, to the right, whose children participated in both weeks.

Stats:

  • 32 kids total attending two weeks of camp
  • 24 videos produced and loaded on a private Vimeo account for daily access to the basketball and soccer drills, sportsmanship thoughts of the day, and more.
  • 466 pictures and video clips sent to us on Facebook and email showing the kids doing the daily sports drills or commenting on the daily sportsmanship thought to earn points for their team.  Coaches spent late hours commenting on their form and effort!
  • 3, LIVELY, Team Time sessions on Zoom each week, including daily themes like crazy hat & crazy mustache day and breakout sessions for teams to talk about the daily sportsmanship thought & Bible passage with their coach.
  • 9 kids who signed  Play for Christ “contracts” for this upcoming year!
  • Immeasurable learning about video production & communication technology, and effective online communication with young people!

International

GUATEMALA

Food Distribution

Due to our after-school program being shut down, and many people losing jobs, we switched gears and started doing food distribution to families associated with our program. We have given food out monthly since April to provide support and help to 35 families.

Costa Rica

Food Distribution

We asked a private company called, VMA to donate food for the families of the kids who participate in our soccer club in Platanar. VMA donated part of the food to us, and the company employees also donated Christmas gifts for the children. Thanks to God and donations we were able to bless 30 families with food and 30 kids with Christmas gifts! Included in each bag of food was; rice, beans, sugar, salt, oil, pasta, tuna, in addition to some hygiene items such as toothpaste, soap, and masks.

Brazil

Letters to Prisoners

Remember the prisoners… (Heb. 13:3)

It is easy for the 22,000 delinquent minors across Brazil to feel lonely and forgotten, especially at times like this. They are locked away from society, some having little interaction with other prisoners, and many having very little contact with family or friends outside the prison walls.

These are youths aged 12-17 that broke the law by committing crimes such as armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, murder, drug trafficking, kidnapping, etc.

We are reminded in Hebrews to remember those who are in prison. But the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted prisons globally. There have been outbreaks of COVID-19 reported in prisons and jails around the world.

So we still want to obey the apostle’s command to make sure that prisoners are not forgotten.

One way to be involved in prison ministry, without having to visit a prison, is to write letters to those inside.

With that in mind, we are raising 45 people to write 45 letters. Do you want to join us in prayer?

Prisoners find letters from people on the outside very encouraging and a great comfort.

Writing to prisoners is also a wonderful opportunity for the Gospel. Writing letters can encourage those who have become Christians in prison in their faith and remind them of God’s grace and forgiveness.

For those who are interested in Christianity, a letter can help them think more about the claims of Christ.

 

Short-Term Trips

We are currently planning short term trip outreaches this summer to two cross-cultural ministry opportunities here in the US. To facilitate this, we are partnering with Clarkstown International Bible Church in Clarkston, Georgia and with Hidden Springs Mission in Hidden Springs, Arizona.  Both partnerships will allow Push The Rock the opportunity to minister to international communities here in the US.  This is exciting as both are first time developments for Push The Rock that have developed since the quarantine began in March.  What’s also exciting is that we are also in conversations with an potential partner in Colorado to serve alongside their work with the Navajo nation.

eSports & Game Community

We have been seeking to create a ministry to the eSorts and video game community.  God has helped us to pull together a diverse and incredibly gifted group of individuals who are serving as our eSports concept team where we are currently processing a myriad of options and are excited about the possibilities to bring meaning and value to a under reached community. For now, we’re calling this new ministry concept Push The Rock eSports where our vision is to create a video gaming community rooted in a biblical worldview where players develop meaningful relationships and improve their gameplay.  Our purpose for the ministry is to foster the spiritual growth of video game players by leveraging the immense popularity of video games through creating diverse opportunities to learn, fellowship, play, and compete in eSports.  Lord willing, our first event will be held in mid January.

First Ever Esports Event – 1/16/2021

The tournament was very well received and it went off without a glitch. With Rocket League as the focus game, we spent time developing skills, scrimmaging, and then playing two tournaments.  Prior to the scrimmages and the tournament, the coaches talked about various in-game strategies and ways to be a more productive teammate.  The coaches also spent one-on-one time with each of the players, guiding them in the development of their individual skills on offense, defense, in the air, and on the wall.  The event included dinner and also a devotional from a gamer who is from our partner church which hosted the event.  We were even able to broadcast the tournament via Push The Rock’s very own Twitch stream! Want to Receive More Info?
Email esports@pushtherock.org or you can reach Brendan O’Brien at R52_mcs#0330 on Discord.

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