Madrid Day 5 – July 11, 2013 Thursday

Starting at 68º, we began another day in sunny Madrid.  Seeing no rain at all so far this week, we have been treated to blue skies and occasional white clouds.  With the schedule set as before, we worked our way through the morning with 103 kids and then on to lunch and Team Time.  Oscar, a member of one of the churches we are working with brought his guitar to Team Time and led us in three praise and worship songs.  We then heard testimonies from Brandon and Dwight with a lesson from Gideon given by Jamie.  Back at the gym, we played 5 v 5 with some of the kids from the morning and had lots of fun running up and down the court.  Not long after we finished with the kids, we played our third and final competitive game of the trip.  We played the same team we played on Tuesday night, this time without PTR Missions Director Chico.  A very good game, PTR played hard and well.  With the half time score of 35-59, PTR looked like they had the game in the bag.  However, the Arroyomolinos team fought their way back and by the end of the third, they were only down by 1 point.  With tired legs and hurting bodies, PTR pushed their way through the quarter, but came up short at the final buzzer 83-80.  A final attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime was missed and the home team won, splitting the series against PTR 1-1.  The testimony of Push the Rock was evident to the 115 fans in the stands as well.  People have been commenting to missionary Mark and missionary Sheri the differences they have seen in the play of the PTR team.  At the end of the game, Coach Brendan thanked the official for his work refereeing the game, he also thanked the official for teaching him some of the detailed rules of international play.  In response to that, the official thanked PTR for teaching him a few new things, too.  The effect that PTR has had on the community is wonderful and new stories of connectivity and openness are confirmation that God is working in the hearts of those who have been exposed to the Gospel through the PTR team.  The prayers of those who have committed to pray for us are being answered and we have answered the call to serve Him.

For the team,

Coach Brendan

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