Spain Madrid – July 9 update 2014

The third day of clinics started just as the past two have but with fond memories of the 7-1 German world cup win over Brazil. The game was a topic of discussion as we enjoyed breakfast in the homes of our hosts and then met again for our meeting and time together before heading to the gym. Missionary Mark shared with us great ministry results as we had two key people from our town here cheering for the PTR team last night, multiple locals who also cheered for us, displaying plenty of support for us. The comment was made in the stands that the PTR team is not your typical group of Americans. This is great to hear as we are seeing results of our intentional desire to show the love of Christ in all areas of ministry. The clinic went well again today as we had 123 kids attend with ages ranging from 4-16 years old. We continue to have great support from other missionaries and translators throughout all aspects of the clinic. The weather has been great and the kids once again enjoyed the pool time as the older ones continue to seek to dunk the coaches in the pool. Five or six kids would grab on to a coach and do all in their power to put the coach under the water. After all of the hard work in the clinics, it’s a testament to God’s grace that the coaches have enough strength to keep their heads above water and remove the kids from their backs, necks, arms, and sometimes legs. Following another filling lunch, we huddled our chairs at the same restaurant as yesterday and began our team time. Mike, Brad, and Dave each talked about what God has done in their lives and also what He is doing now. An encouraging time, all who were present were moved by how God works in the lives of humans. After team time, our evening outreach involved going to the local central soccer field and playing a game of pick-up soccer with the kids who were there and ones who have been invited by one of the church members. For a bunch of basketball players, the PTR team did amazingly well with Jamie in goal and the help of our two ECA students who have been serving as translators this week. Following the games, we had a good chance to talk with the local youth and provide the opportunity for the church to continue the conversations. With no basketball game tonight, we returned to our host homes for dinner and to be apart of the excitement that comes with the world cup. A great day filled with opportunity to minister, we continue on our mission and look for ways to share the love of Christ, one life at a time. For the team, Coach Brendan

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