Italy Update #5

“Acqua! Acqua! Acqua!”

The word heard MANY times a day at camp … “Water! Water! Water!” I guess when it is close to 100 degrees and you are playing basketball for close to 8 hours, you are going to get thirsty … and get thirsty again … and get even more thirsty. So every 15 minutes (or less) kids are clamoring for yet another water break. Thankfully, fresh water, albeit not cold, abounds. Imagine life without the “Living Water.” Not a pleasant thought at all! Imagine life without Christ. This is what we are here to share in Italy … Jesus Christ is the Living Water and whoever drinks of this water never thirsts again, regardless of the heat or sports activity.

Today several different coaches and translators shared their testimony. Our missionary host also shared his testimony and laid out a clear and precise presentation of the Gospel. Then we broke up into stations to talk about some of these truths. We continue to pray that God would work in the hearts of each of these 22 kids at camp. They come back every day ready to roll; maybe a little bit more tired, but certainly attentive to both the basketball and spiritual lessons. We are grateful for such a great group!

Hard to believe that tomorrow is our last day of camp. Friday is always bittersweet. It is tough saying Good-bye to kids that have become so special to us, but yet we are usually ready for a break. Tonight we will have dinner together, praise the Lord in worship and song, and share individual testimonies. Oh yeah, Italy also plays in the Semifinals of the Euro Cup, so we will watch them take on Germany together.

We have had some late nights so tonight will be a nice break from that. We played a game that started at 9:30 last night. We ended up losing to a team that is supposed to have several players from the Under 20 Italian National Team. They were definitely good, there is no doubt about that. Our team fought hard but came up short to a better team last night. Looking forward to some rest tonight and then we play again tomorrow night at 9:30 before we head out for our day off Saturday. We are also heading up to Mestre Saturday night to begin our second week of ministry.

Thanks so much for praying for us and look forward to what God has in store for us tomorrow. Please pray that God would give us the words to speak so that we can effectively communicate God’s love to the kids one last day.

To God be the Glory!

Chico for the Italy team

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