Tenerife Day 6 – June 27, 2013 Thursday

Tenerife Day 6
June 27, Thursday

Tired and sore, the team rose once again to begin another day on the island of Tenerife.  Putting in long hours is starting to take its toll, but daily being renewed with God’s strength has been vital to our success.  With much of the routine set as the previous days, the team has settled in.  Morning clinic, lunch, team time, afternoon clinic, games, and a late dinner have all been visited again today.  The morning clinic had an attendance of 48 and featured the older group of boys 15-17 years old who, with their talents far above the rest of those around them, worked harder than ever before.  Even the drills that seemed too easy, or too long, or too tedious were all treated with a high level of energy and intensity.  Responding to the challenge they received Monday morning, they met it head on today, leaving nothing for later.  They were tired and exhausted, but were in exchange for their energy, they received hours worth of fine tuning of their basketball skills.  Lunch was again delicious and made the tastebuds tingle with delight.  Team time began with our “special” rendition of ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’, taking three different guitar players to finally find the tune and the rhythm.  However, once started, a beautiful blending of voices of praise and worship was lifted up to our great God and heavenly Father.  We were challenged by the story of Queen Esther as she demonstrated courage to do what she was called by God to do for His people.  Esther, a real person who lived long ago on this Earth, still today speaks to us words of encouragement to follow what God is calling us to do, no matter how scary it may seem.  Testimonies by Keegan and Clarissa further encouraged those listening as was a beautiful time hearin what God is doing in the lives of others.  Back at the gym, the afternoon clinic featured 58 kids and started with a fun shooting game.  The kids enjoyed working on their shooting as they had the opportunity to shoot from 8 different spots on the floor.  Once the 5 v 5 games began, the kids played hard and well.  Incorporating things that we have shown them over the week, they have collectively improved the level of play.  After a quick snack, we headed off to the gym in Granadilla for our double header.  With the girls game first, we arrived ready to take on the team with the other 70+ people in the stands.  The Granadilla team recruited a few top players from Adeje’s team to help raise their level of play.  Playing hard and working well, the Push the Rock team kept the game close.  With a few minutes left, the PTR women’s team pulled within 6 and were positioned to work their way back.  However, a three point shot from the other team helped them pull away, securing the victory 43-31.  Although a loss, the game was a great way to interact with the locals and show the love of Christ in how we play and interact with others.  Shortly following the women’s game, the men took the stage.  Building a commanding lead, the PTR team moved far ahead.  However, the Granadilla team inched their way back in the second quarter and ended the half only down by 5 points. Working together as team the PTR team continued to score and brought the lead back to more than 10.  As the final minutes ticked off the clock, the game increased in excitement as the Granadilla team put on a full court press.  Playing at a feverish pace, the Granadilla team threw all they had at the PTR team, leaving nothing to chance.  A few key plays by the PTR team kept the Granadilla team at bay and ended the game with a 58-53 victory.  Despite the pressure from the Granadilla team, the PTR team maintained its composure, kept their eyes on the Lord and were able to be a great testimony to those watching.  It was a wonderful opportunity taken to demonstrate that Christ followers can play hard and play well and still play in a way that honors their Savior.  Getting back to the host site at 11PM, we ate a delicious meal and headed off to bed.  With another day down, the end of the week draws closer, putting us soon at the midpoint of our time here in Tenerife.

For the team,
Coach Brendan

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