Stadium of Light

Back in early December we began to plant grass on our new soccer field.  We had received some rains in the area and it seemed promising that rainy season had begun.  We did not yet have access to running water at the field, but we were told that we would be soon getting the needed approval to tie in to an existing raw water line.

After a few early rains however, we went long periods of time with hot and dry weather, putting much of the work we had already done in serious jeopardy.Our newly planted grass dried up and it was hard not to feel discouraged.  At that time then we put all planting on hold, wondering if our plans were not in line with His!

Finally towards the end of January it seemed as if the answers to our prayers had come as rains, regular and heavy began falling again.

In a part of the world where we experience 7-8 months of dryness, it feels extra special when the heavens shower its blessing of rain on us.  It brings life in so many ways.
One can’t help but be moved to tears of joy because so many of our neighbors and friends depend on these rains for their food and livelihood, including many of the families from which the children we work with come from.  Seeing the grass on our field start to sprout new beginnings(as wonderful as it is) pales in comparison to seeing people’s maize crops come back to life, while we also watch the local dams fill with much needed water.

We thank the Lord for hearing the cries for rain to quench the thirsty land.  These good rains mean there will likely not be famine this year in our area.  Less importantly, the rains have also allowed us to resume planting grass at our soccer field.  It has even brought grass back to life that we thought had died in the dry heat.

Often in life we think it is too late and that like this grass, we are beyond saving.  We think we don’t deserve His grace and mercy to rain on us. But that is not the TRUTH. This rainy season reminds us as Push The Rock Zambia, that we as a sports ministry have a crucial responsibility to share the message and love of Jesus Christ in all we do.  It is our prayer that every time we take to this new soccer field for whatever reason, that we remember THE truth. That we remember his love, his mercy, his provision, and share it with joy and passion to those we are surrounded by.  In Matthew 5 Jesus tells us that we “are the light of the world” and that as believers we need to let our “light shine before men” so that others can come to know Him.

Appropriately, we think, our new soccer field will be named the    Stadium of Light.

 

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Planting individual stalks of grass.
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Growth.

2016 Summer Camp Registration is NOW Open!

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It is that time of year again and Push The Rock Summer Camp registration is now open! With convenient camp locations throughout the BuxMont, Lehigh Valley and Harrisburg Regions, our camps are a great opportunity for your child(ren) to experience in-depth sports skill training from quality coaches and directors. In addition, they will learn what it means to use their athletic abilities for God’s glory in a distinctly Christian camp environment.

We would love to see you at camp this Summer! Sign up today by Clicking HERE to visit our camp page and to register.

For questions regarding summer camps, please email:

Mitch Thomas – mthomas@pushtherock.org (BuxMont Area Camps)

Michael Cone – mcone@pushtherock.org (Lehigh Valley Area Camps)

Kyle Stramara – kstramara@pushtherock.org (Harrisburg Area Camps)

 

High School Athletic Leadership Retreat (May 20-21)

Thanks for your interest in our Leadership Retreat.  Unfortunately the event has been cancelled.

 

Save the Date

 

This Spring, Push The Rock will be partnering with Cairn University to bring high school Junior and Senior athlete’s and team captains a two day leadership retreat Friday, May 20, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016. The goal of this event is to help these young athletes understand the responsibility and nature of what it truly means to be a leader on and off the field. The theme of the weekend is, “The Right to Lead” and we will be discussing that being a leader is not something that you are just given, rather it is something you own for yourself and have to earn in order to truly live out the call.

This retreat weekend will be a great opportunity for your athlete’s and will help them take their leadership role on their team to the next level.

The weekend Includes – Inspirational speakers, fun games and challenges, team building exercises, athletic training games, fellowship, worship and More!

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Mitch Thomas at mthomas@pushtherock.org or at 215-859-6805.

 

2016 BuxMont Spikeball Tournament – Register NOW!

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It’s that time again! Register your team of two now for the 2016 BuxMont Spikeball Tournament! This will be a night of fun, fellowship, food, skill competitions and some great prizes including raffling off a BRAND NEW Spikeball Combo Set. The tournament will take place, Friday, April 1st from 6:00-10:00pm (Registration will begin at 5:45pm) at Indian Valley Middle School in Harleysville, PA.  This tournament is COED and you must be 18 years or older to participate. The $20 team registration fee will be due the night of at registration.

Click HERE for the Tournament Flyer!

To Register, email Logan Shellenberger at Lshellenberger@pushtherock.org the following information:

  1. Team Name
  2. Team Participants
  3. Team Email Addresses
  4. Team Captain Phone Number

Not sure how to play Spikeball? No Problem! This tournament is for teams of ALL skill levels. Check out the video below for some instructions on how to play and start training!