Spain Update #13 7.9.10

Friday, 7.9.10

Most of the time we say, “Thank God it’s Friday!”  But today, we said, “Oh my goodness, can you believe it’s Friday?”  The days are long, but the weeks go fast as we continue to do what the Lord has asked us to do.  Today that was the case as the morning looked a little bit different than Monday-Thursday.  The Hotel camp was on in the morning so 4 of us went there to finish up our part of the camp.  It was hard to say good bye to the kids as we had grown close to them.  Many of the coaches commented about how they didn’t expect to get so close to kid so soon who don’t speak the same language as they do.  Nevertheless, it was a good morning and the kids were sad to see us go.  Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I mean the church, the rest of us were busy painting, preparing materials for the afternoon, and being helpful where ever needed.  The kids that we would normally be with in the morning at the La Victoria gym were all together and on an outing, thus not needing our services.  Once the groups finished, the group working at the church headed to the Hotel where we were having camp.  To show his gratefulness to us, the hotel director provided lunch for all 15 of us and allowed us to use the hotel pool.  It was such a blessing to be treated this way.  The afternoon camp went well, too.  We took a bit more time and played longer games with the kids.  They enjoyed the stations and also being able to play more.  At the end of camp, we were able to share the Gospel with the kids and hand out New Testaments to the kids at camps.  Each of the Bibles had a hand written message in Spanish and before we gave them out, we each got to sign a few of the Bibles.  It was an emotional time as we ended camp and said our good-byes.  As is the international sports tradition, some of our coaches traded team jerseys and t-shirts with the campers.  It was neat to see the Americans wearing Spanish jerseys and the Spanish kids wearing our PTR jerseys.  Guys we played against in Puerto Cruz and La Victoria were invited to a friendly pick-up game after camp.  About 5 showed up and along with the PTR coaches and the church members, we played a fun pick-up game.  It was neat to be able to play with people we had seen and talked with (and also played against).  It was a time that built relationships that the Lord could use for the future.  For those who did not want to watch or play, a shopping trip was organized.  Once the group was reunited after the game and the shopping, we headed up the mountain for a traditional Canarian meal at a local restaurant, part of which extended into the local vineyard where the grape vines grew up and overhead, making for a thick wall and roof.  Different kinds of pork and traditional sides were served and all enjoyed the food and fellowship.  With full bellies, we headed back down the mountain to our beds for the evening, another great day under our belts.

For the team,
Coach Brendan

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