Tenerife, Spain June 29, 2015 | Day 11

Day 11, Monday, June 29

So, it starts today!  We are in Santa Ursula, the “home town” of the local church we are working with here in Tenerife and therefore have the opportunity to continue ministry to the locals whom the church has consistently been reaching out to for the past 9 years.  As an intentional effort to make “gospel noise”, the clinic in Santa Ursula is part of the church’s year round outreach to its community and beyond.  With 45 kids turning out for the clinic, the attendance was very pleasing to the organizers.  Much like the clinics last week, the kids had the opportunity to develop their basketball skills in the areas of dribbling, passing, rebounding, shooting, defense, and the low post.  The kids worked hard and enjoyed their time with the coaches.  After a brief demonstration on playing man-to-man defense, the kids were divided into groups to play competitive games.  A favorite part of the clinic, the kids really enjoyed played the games.  Following a good morning at the clinic, the team enjoyed lunch and then team time at the church.  Once again, voices were raised in song as together the whole team sung praise and worship songs.  Another moment of great encouragement, this has become a part of the day that all look forward to.  Two more testimonies were shared, one by a local young lady who received the Lord into her life last year, and another by one of the team leaders.  Emotional times, but very valuable as they serve as examples of God’s work today in the lives of His creation.  Then, it was off to the town of La Victoria for our afternoon clinics.  The only location to have a PTR clinic for all seven years, the team was welcomed with open arms.  The girls main coach and also the gym manager, Hector, has been very supportive of Push the Rock over the years.  It appears that he enjoys our interaction and the coaching instruction that PTR provides.  Upon the conclusion of the camp, the PTR girls began to prepare for their game against the La Victoria girls team.  Always as very tough and competitive game, the PTR girls prepared for a battle.  Both teams played hard and for the first time in a few years, the PTR girls pulled out a victory.  However, the camaraderie  between the both teams remained high as both teams exchanged hugs of mutual respect post game.  Another great dinner was had at the church before the team headed back to their homes for some much needed rest.

For the team,

Coach Brendan

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