Costa Rica- Clarks Summit Men’s Soccer Team Update 3.8.17

Wednesday, March 8

Like Tuesday, our day started off very early. We were on the road by 6:00 AM for a 2 hour drive to a place called Guapiles. We headed there to run soccer clinics at 2 different schools. We arrived at the first school expecting around 50 kids to be part of the clinic. However, it turned out to be approximately 120 kids. It was a bit overwhelming at first but fortunately we had a bigger space to work with than originally thought. We shared a sportsmanship thought, ran skill stations and shared a testimonies with them. The kids were full of energy and really excited to be there and spend time with us. After the skill stations, we had the opportunity to interact with the kids in a more informal manner. Some of us talked with the kids and took pictures, while others ran around and played soccer with them. We finished up the morning by giving out some prizes to those who demonstrated good sportsmanship. Our team really enjoyed the time we spent with these kids. After the kids left, the school fed us a delicious lunch to show their appreciation for our time there. After lunch, we packed up and headed down the road to another school. There were less students at the school in the afternoon but we still had over 60 kids to work with. We started out by sharing a sportsmanship thought and a testimony. We then headed to the soccer field to run skill stations. There were less of these kids but they still had a lot of energy and were excited to have us there. We concluded with a time to hand out prizes for those who demonstrated good sportsmanship. After the kids were dismissed, the school provided a snack for us and then we hopped on the bus for the 2 hour trek back to San Jose.

When we arrived back at AMCA, we had dinner and then got prepared for our second game of the week. The game was very even for the entire first half and we went into halftime tied 0-0. The second half started evenly but early on the opposing team scored a goal to go up 1-0. However, our team continued to play hard and persevere. We were able to score 3 goals in the second half to win the game 3-1. Afterwards, one of our players had the opportunity to share his testimony. The team was very gracious and seemed receptive to the message being shared. It even led to a conversation with one of the opposing players after the testimony.

The day was long and hot, however the team really enjoyed the opportunities we had today. Our prayer is that God will continue to water the seeds that were planted. Now it’s off to bed to rest up for another busy day tomorrow.

 Mike for the Costa Rica Soccer team

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