Summer 2016 in Full Swing At Sports Outreach
After a week of training, Local Ministry interns Nikki, Anna Gray, Katie, and Jon are receiving “hands on” sports ministry experience by helping lead the various Cranes Soccer Camps.
Over 250 runners/walkers participated in the Sports Outreach/HumanKind 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run on June 18th.
Elevation Church (Roanoke, VA), Life Point Church (Wilmington, NC), and Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN) have recently visited Uganda where ministry activities always include plenty of time with people.
Rivermont EPC (Lynchburg, VA) youth help with a water project in El Salvador during their recent Vision Trip.
Christine’s House is a girls’ rescue program started in March 2014 in Gulu, Uganda in partnership with Freedom 424 with the aim to holistically restore girls who have undergone various types of sexual trauma. In December 2015 another group of girls were brought back to their communities after completing six months of spiritual and trauma counseling and vocational skills training. We support those who want to continue formal education with tuition and those who would want to hone their vocational skills (tailoring, baking, hair-styling) with business support. What follows is a glimpse of the girls after three months back in their communities (due to privacy issues only initials are used).
G. had to drop out of school due to rape and is now a hairdresser in Lakwartomer with plans to construct a piggery in order to help her family.
A. was kidnapped by soldiers through a friends’ betrayal and held captive over a year. Upon becoming pregnant she was returned to her community where she gave birth (though the baby died of pneumonia). She learned construction skills while at Christine’s House and is slowly rebuilding her life.
S. was sexually abused, but no one came to her rescue as her mother is disabled and marginalized from society. Through time at Christine’s House she gained tailoring skills and is praying for a reliable sewing machine so she can continue her work.
P. was raped while returning from school one day. After her time at Christine’s House and upon her return to her village did not have enough hairdressing customers so is now selling yogurt with her mother. She hopes to make enough to purchase a sewing machine so she can use her tailoring skills.
Over 30 children in El Salvador are currently receiving food, education, medical care and exercise through sports through the Sports Outreach EmpowerMe Child Sponsorship Program. Each month groceries are purchased by staff members, delivered to the sponsored children and then time is spent praying with the children and their family. Many of these children are also attending the soccer and basketball academies on Saturday mornings, where they are not only learning skills, but also hearing about how they can have a relationship with God, the giver of all good gifts.
After 20 years of service with Sports Outreach, Don Brenneman (regional staff in Oregon) has accepted the role of Executive Director of Faithful Friends Mentoring Program, in Portland, OR. We wish him well in this new pursuit and pray for many years of fruitful ministry.
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