Sunday, June 29, 2008

1 Year later...

It's incredible but it is true! It was one year ago, when our plane landed in Maputo.

More than ever, we absolutely know that this is the place God wants us to be.

On that day, all we had was 6 bags and an old van to bring us to the Bowers's, our missionary friends in Mozambique.

Today, we are so grateful for an house to live, a car to drive us, lots of people to minister with, a nice and happy family, and so many friends around the world making this possible.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Ubabalo eAfrica

17 of 19 coaches completed the 4 days of training and will be now implementing the first phase of Ubabalo Program in different environments: Local church ministry, orphanage ministry and street soccer ministry.

One of the orphanage has 500 resident children and will start a pilot program ASAP. Different churches have been challenged to join this training and several has showed interest of being a part of future trainings.

One of the 3rd league soccer coach said this: “Every soccer coach in this country, including First League Coaches should attend this training. Soccer in particular and sports in general would make a difference in Mozambique if every coach would understand the teaching of this training”

We are so glad to have this opportunity, and can’t wait to see what’s next!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Czech Republic 1 - Portugal 3

Althought we are 9000 miles far from Portugal, we didn't miss this match.
A lot of pressure, anxiety and a big supporting team in Maputo, Mozambique, made of Portuguese, Mozambicans and other nationalities, with only one theme : Go Portugal!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

União Futebol Clube (Unity Soccer Club)

Is this a passion for soccer or just "motivation"?

I'm sure it is passion, because they don't seem to have "that kind of motivaton". These players JUST PLAY FOR FREE at the City Championship in Maputo. They really love soccer, although soccer does't seem to love them!

The majority need to keep their jobs to survive, and others are unemployed, still looking for a job. Anyway, Unity is the name and the theme for the team!

That's why they just reached the first place in the championship.

They train and play with no conditions or resources at all, but they don't mind.

As long as they have cleats, no matter how old, or which color...

Please pray for the chaplaincy program with this team.

Monday, June 02, 2008

International Children's Day

Yesterday, we spent the International Children's Day at Ant's House, where we have a Soccer School for the 35 resident boys.

The 4th training session of our Whole Life Soccer Coaching Program was about "shielding".

The soccer ball is like a "pearl of value" that must be protected and respected.

In life we also have valuable things: qualities, beliefs, habits, values that must be protected.

"Achievement comes and goes, but character remains"

"What we do may impress others but who we are will impact others"