Italy Update #3

Buon giorno!

It is Tuesday night in Imola and we have finished Day 2 of camp. It was a great day today! The kids came back energized and ready to roll. We changed things up a little bit today and included 3 non-basketball stations. It helped to split up the 7.5 hour day, and it gave us an opportunity to get to know the kids in a much more personal way. The 3 stations we included were: life, basketball, and spiritual. Essentially, the kids rotated through each of the 3 stations and could ask any questions they wanted to with regards to these 3 specific areas. However, in the spiritual station, only spiritual questions could be asked. Same it true for the life and basketball stations. We thought the kids did an outstanding job of asking good questions and honestly answering the questions we asked.

These 21 kids come to camp each day and work extremely hard. They pour themselves into every drill and every game. They listen attentively and soak up the testimonies, sportsmanship challenges, Bible story applications, and all of the basketball teaching. These kids are a pleasure to work with. The same can be said about the translators and coaches, who tirelessly give of themselves so that each and every kid can catch a glimpse of God’s love and plan for them!

We did enjoy our first game last night. It was a great atmosphere outside with music and fans sitting along the sideline and sidewalk. We ended up losing by a shot at the buzzer. I think we ran out of gas after a long day of camp, but they were a very good team. We are looking forward to playing Wednesday and again Friday night. Most importantly, I think we modeled Christ in a very clear and concise way. We played with very good sportsmanship and believe we lost with grace.

It was appropriate, then, that our Sportsmanship Challenge for the kids at camp today was “Win with humility; Lose with grace.” So much easier said than done, but very important nonetheless!

We have a “free” night tonight and are enjoying time together for relaxing with some praise and worship together. In a little bit we are heading downtown to the fortress and will most definitely pick up some gelato. That is a must!

Thank you so much for praying for us! Days are long, nights are short, and it is very warm here. But God is good and we are excited for what the Lord has for us tomorrow.

To God be the Glory!

Italy team

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