Zambian National Soccer Team Tryout Invitation!

A couple weeks ago we received an exciting phone call, that one of our staff members Melody, our girls’ soccer coach, had been invited to try out for the Zambian Women’s National soccer team. Melody and a few other PTR staff had been playing soccer at a coaches training course earlier this year and she was noticed by some staff within the Football Association of Zambia.

Needless to say, within hours of the phone call, Melody had boarded a bus to take her the six hours to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.  What followed was two hard weeks of drills, exercises and games.Both the men’s and women’s teams were training at the same facility and she spent the weeks interacting with many of them. She talked with coaches, made connections, was able to share the mission and vision of PTRZ and share her passion for not only soccer, but also sport ministry.

At the end of her trial, she was selected to be among the number of women belonging to the Zambian Women’s National team, ready to be ‘called’ upon as future matches take place.

She returned to Macha a local hero as she is the first person in this rural area to ever make it to the national level.  We as an organization are very proud of her accomplishment, but mostly proud that her coaches said it was her character that really stood out to them.  Last Friday she shared her story and experience with the children here at PTRZ.  They listened carefully as their coach, their friend, and their mentor shared how she never dreamed that this day could happen, but it did. And then she very genuinely gave the glory to God.

We are SO proud of Melody.  We are also thrilled for her testimony and how her journey is one that the children here are able to aspire to.  We are grateful for new connections in the football world of Zambia and for her desire to use her platform to share about the value of discipleship of children through athletics.

Thank you Melody, thank you Football Association of Zambia, and thank you to the many of you who support our work here.

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