Tenerife, Spain July 1, 2015 | Day 13

Day 13, Wednesday, July 1

Today is the midpoint of the second week of the trip.  With 1.5 weeks down and only 3 days left, the end of the trip is getting closer.  This topic is typically avoided since the conversation will bring an emotional response, but it is a reality that will soon be upon us.  Building relationships has been an integral part of the trip and is one thing that will make leaving very difficult.  Nonetheless, the bonds that have been made are very good for the work that is being done here by the church and this pleases the Lord.  The out-pouring of love from the 12 individuals who left Emmaus, PA on June 19, 2015 contributes to the church’s love for the community and strengthens the concept that Christians love other people and they share that love with others.  This is seen among the coaches and the kids as well as between the coaches and the local church members.  Kids at the clinic run and give the team high fives, hugs, and big smiles.  They work hard during the station time.  The respond positively when asked by the coaches to do something again, to help out, or to give more effort.  The sit close to the coaches when in the big group and in many more ways, they communicate acceptance to the team.  What a blessing this is to us.  But beyond that, what a great visual of Christ’s love.

The clinics in both locations went well.  The number of kids at each clinic remains close to be the same as it has been on other days, with just a little variance with who is new and who didn’t come today.  The kids are improving daily, especially those who attend both clinics every day.  Even more impressive are the handful of kids who were at the clinic in the South (Adeje) and are participating in the clinics here in the North.  Lunch and team time today followed the same pattern as yesterday.  Songs of praise and worship were sung and testimonies were given.  Moving and powerful, we heard stories of how choices made by self and choices made by others have brought to the forefront the reality of the need for Christ’s saving grace.  The Lord was honored as we praised His name for the work He has done in the lives of His people.

Following the afternoon clinic, the PTR girls played a rematch against the La Victoria girls.  Coming off a 3 day rest period for the first game, the PTR girls played extremely well.  Having had less opportunity to be as rested for this game, the PTR girls struggled a bit during the first 3.5 quarters of the game.  The score would stretch to a point differential of 7 and then down to 1 and then back up again, always with the PTR girls hanging on, but still behind.  With 4:15 left to go in the 4th quarter, two made foul shots by the PTR player from Kansas, PTR took the lead by one.  With stellar defense and good shot selection, the PTR girls ended the game with just two more points than La Victoria.  Despite the fatigue, sore muscles, and injuries, the PTR girls persevered and kept their focus on their testimony.  Winning with grace, the PTR girls were able to shine the Light so that others may see their good works and glorify their Father in heaven.  Another meal at the church finished the team’s time together as they then headed back to their host homes for showers and bed.  Another successful day, it was a blessing to be here on the island of Tenerife, impacting one life at a time.

For the team,

Coach Brendan

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