Spain Update #11 7.7.10

History in the making has always excited me.  The first time for this or the first time for that are always great moments to remember and replay over in your head.  To say that I was able to experience something for the first time ever is a great thing and a moment worth cherishing.  Today was one of those days.  Camp in the morning and camp in the afternoon were held just like Monday and Tuesday.  However, today was the first day we took a more evangelical approach in our delivery of thoughts for the campers.  Missionary Nathan gave a simple Gospel message to a camp today, something we have not yet done.  It was a great delivery and we pray that the Lord will use his words to bring more kids to Him.  Missionary Steve found himself in line at the grocery store today and in a great conversation with a parent whose kid was at camp this morning.  Pray that the Lord would continue to use these moments to glorify Himself.  The afternoon camp had 40 kids attending and we continued to work with the kids on a variety of skills.  Closing out camp was a 3v3 round robin event that had the kids playing multiple teams and multiple games.  All of the campers were able to play and continue working on the skills they have learned.

There aren’t many times in any of our lives that we can see we were in the middle of one of the most memorable international sporting events as visitors cheering for the home team.  In the world’s biggest event (outside of the olympics) we found ourselves rooting for Spain as Spain played in the World Cup semi-final game.  Immersed in a sea of Spaniards for the most important sport in the most well-loved game, we took on the yellow and red to cheer our host country to victory.  Packed in a theater again to see the game on the big screen, we yelled and cheered, jumping up and down with fist pumps that made our arms hurt as Spain took a 1-0 lead.  As time expired, the score remained the same and the place exploded again to deafening levels.  Exuberance filled the streets as horns blew and people celebrated the victory.  Sadness slowly crept in as the realization that the most important thing in life – a relationship with God – is not celebrated.  To think the human race values the outcome of a game more than the outcome of spiritual choice is a sobering thought.  As we lay our heads down to rest tonight, we pray that the Lord of the Universe would reveal Himself to our world so that we would rejoice not that our team won, but that we have moved from death to eternal life.

May God grant us His heart and His passion.

For the team,
Coach Brendan

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