Spain Update #2 6.28.10

With a full nights sleep, we set out to do our first day of camp of 2010.  We drove about 15 minutes to the town of Puerto de la Cruz where 4 of our group participated in the camp held at a local hotel while the rest of us headed for the gym.  The Hotel , Hotel Eden, has a summer program for kids which includes a variety of activities.  The kids rotate through the activities throughout the morning.  The PTR basketball time is one of those activities.  The kids range in age and come to the PTR element as different groups, all based on age.  Seeing that the kids are younger, the basketball skills taught match the level of the kids.  Back at the gym, the rest of the PTR team was greeted by 8 kids.  We took them through the typical events of a day in camp.  A few were learning the game of basketball and with smaller camp numbers, this allowed us to give them some focused, individualized instruction.  The morning went well and the time ended with the kids playing a game of basketball with the coaches.  All who played enjoyed the time on the court.    After camp, we packed back into the vans and headed to the church for lunch.  The ladies from the church make a fantastic meal and it was enjoyed by all.  Following lunch, the team met for a time of praise and worship and then moved into team time where we began our Biblical study of commitment.  Led by Annie, it was a great time of discussion and learning.  The rest of the afternoon took us back to the gym for our second clinic of the day.  We were greeted by 11 kids who participated in our camp last year.  Being the older group, the skill level was higher and we were able to do more with them than we were able to with the earlier groups.  The camp included all of the elements that we have in a typical camp and ended with playing a real game.  The older boys were matched up against the male coaches and had a blast.  Both squads put in a lot of hard work and sweat but enjoyed every minute of it.  The girls group were divided into two squad and they too, enjoyed the competition.  At the end of the camp, the campers commented that they enjoyed all components of the camp.  Following a quick snack, we all packed into the vans again and drove to the gym in Santa Ursula for a women’s game against a team from the neighboring town of La Victoria,  Our PTR ladies played well but came up a little short in the end.  Sidelined by a roll of the ankle, one of the PTR ladies had to sit and watch the rest of the game.  It was disappointing for her to sit out, but it was deemed wise so that she can be ready for tomorrow.  Had enthusiasm of the cheering section counted, the women would have won the game hands down.  After the game, it was back to the church for a light supper provided by the ladies at the church.  With what little energy we could muster, we climbed back into the vans to head back to our places to hit the sack.  A long, good day and we are thankful for all that the Lord has done for us.  We continue to pray that He would bring more kids to camp and that our words and actions would point all who spend time with us to Him.

Until later,

Coach Brendan

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