Registration is now open for the 2017 Eagles Wings Disc Golf Junior Disc Golf Tournaments! Registration is live for all three of the junior events we are running across the country this year and we hope you can join us! Come be part of a disc golf tournament designed just for you with lots of fun, teaching, prizes, awards and more. Playing in tournaments is a great way to meet other disc golfers your age, and all of our events will provide a great environment for learning and competing. All events are just $25 and you will get much more than that back in your players pack! Space is limited so don’t wait too long to register. You will not want to miss these events!
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting a local school’s Easter Program here at Mumuni Hall, our rec center building. The school brought its entire student body and staff to share about Easter to the public through a play, scripture, and plenty of singing.
The Easter message of Jesus’ death and resurrection highlighted the morning, but beyond that, hosting the program here gave us another opportunity to open the building to neighbors in our community who we don’t often see. It was also a chance for us to see many of the children who come to PTRZ daily perform in front of their parents and peers, a side of them we do not get to see very often. As a staff it brought us great joy!
Often in life we get caught up our daily activities, focusing on difficulties we face or deadlines and tasks, even in the midst of a celebration like Easter. We are thankful for reminders like the one we experienced last week. As the school’s staff and student body of about 200 encouraged us to sing with them in their closing song, “O Happy Day,” we couldn’t help but join in.
‘The greatest day in history, death is beaten, you have rescued me.
Sing it out, Jesus is alive
The empty cross, the empty grave; Life eternal, You have won the day
Eagles Wings Disc Golf is excited to announce a new section on our web page called, “Tools For The Road”. This section will be filled with apps for your phone and tablets, podcasts to listen to, blogs to read, and even a place to submit prayer requests. We intend to keep the page updated with new content and new sections on a regular basis.
We have been blessed by the chapel service ministry and the way we’ve been able to walk alongside so many as their faiths continue to grow, even as they are away from their own, local, church bodies. This page is the next step in continuing to help the Christian disc golf community stay close to God, no matter where they are throwing their favorite plastic discs.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” -Philippians 4:8
Wednesday, April 5 / Thursday, April 6
The last 2 days we were at the International School in Adeje. The
facility is beautiful, the teachers were friendly and the kids were
full of energy. We rotated through 6 age groups (7-12 year olds) the
first day and taught 382 kids the basics of basketball. They LOVED
it. They even asked us for our autographs! The school provided a
delicious lunch for us each day, even though a little British girl
told us not to eat the food, especially the potatoes, because they are
Today we saw 211 (13-18 year olds)! They didn’t think we were as cool
(so no autographs) but they did work really hard at each station and
seemed to truly enjoy themselves. At the end of the day, we were told
that we may not have any students for the last station because school
had ended and kids leave right away. We had 8 young men stay to play
some basketball with us. We played some crazy game of 10 v 10 with 6
hoops. It was a lot of fun and the guys enjoyed it.
Once class was over, we were given a tour of the facility. What a
beautiful place! We were also told that Push The Rock has an open
door invitation to come back! Praise the Lord.
When we got back to Los Bomberos, we had team time and then rested
about 15 min…then it was off to our next clinic. We returned to the
same club we were at on Monday. Some of these kids have been playing
basketball for years and a number have attended Push The Rock camps since the
beginning. We had 66 kids ages 6-16 run through stations.
After camp, we had a game. We played a team of “older” women (some of
whom Push The Rock has played in the past). It was great to play with them
again and to demonstrate Who we play for. We got off to a slow start
but then found our legs and were able to pull ahead and win the game.
It still amazes me that God chooses to use us and the game of
basketball to bring people to Himself. We pray that the interactions
we had with the kids, teachers, administration, etc, would point
people to Jesus Christ.
Bendiciones y buenas noches,
Kim Schlonecker – for the team
Today was a busy but fantastic day. We had an early start this morning with breakfast at 7am! We were at Galeon again today to teach basketball (their PE class) to the rest of the classes. When we arranged to be at the school, the administration wanted all their students to experience Push The Rock. So that’s why we had so many kids today. We saw 374 kids this morning from 8:00am-2:00pm. We again had to be creative with as many as 77 kids at one time with 2 hoops and 28 basketballs. Camp went very well and the kids (and teachers) seemed to really enjoy it. A couple groups spoke English, so that was a nice change for the team, although, they are doing very well in Spanish. During recess time, it was great to see many of the students from yesterday find the coaches and talk to them. They were disappointed that today is our last day with them. After camp, we headed back to los Bomberos for lunch and had team time.
After a little rest, we packed up and headed to San Lorenzo, a little town about 20 minutes away. We ran stations for their club teams from 5:30-7:00pm. One of the players did an excellent job of sharing the sportsmanship thought on teamwork, with not only the kids but also with their parents who were sitting nearby. The clinic was run very similarly to the morning, rotating 57 kids through 6 stations. It was great to see the excitement and energy the kids had at each station. After the clinic, we played their girls’ club team. Some of the girls attended our camp last summer, so it was great to reconnect with them. We had a great opportunity to show the kids, that stayed to cheer us on, what teamwork is all about. Our team played very well and pulled ahead quickly. We ended up winning the game by a lot. After the game, we took pictures with the team and headed back to los Bomberos for dinner.
We are excited about the new opportunities that await us tomorrow and look forward to investing in the kids.
Today was our first day of camps. It was a GREAT one. God is at work here and we are blessed to be part of what He is doing. This morning we headed to a school where we provided the students with their gym class. We used their outdoor court; 2 hoops and open space, and an indoor soccer court. We saw each group for about 50 minutes. The students rotated though 4 stations: Defense/Sportsmanship, Dribbling, Shooting, and Passing. Because there were times we had 60 kids, we had 2 of each station. This made having translators at each basket difficult, but the team did a great job of picking up key words and acting out the rest 🙂
While we worked with the kids, their teachers walked around and watched each station. One teacher said that his group has not been motivated to do anything for the past month, but today he saw them trying and working hard! We were at the school from 9-2 and had the opportunity to interact with 159 students.
At 2:15pm we headed back to the Bomberos for lunch. We had an amazing meal of arroz con pollo (chicken and rice). After lunch, we met together for team time. Prior to the trip, we each studied 1 John individually and so now we study it together during team time. Two teammate also shared their testimonies. It’s always amazing to hear how God got ahold of someone and how He is growing them.
At 4:45pm, we headed to a local gym for a 2 1/2 hour clinic. We ran the afternoon almost the same way we did in the morning. Push The Rock has been investing in some of these kids for the past 4 years, and so it was great to see them again. This afternoon we were able to interact with 63 kids. After the clinic, we had a friendly, mixed match with 2 girls from the club. At about 9:00pm, we returned to the Bomberos for dinner and rest.
Thank you for following our journey and for praying for us.