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    Author: Evan Cornwall

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.42 Issue 42, The Pulse 2017

    Seeing God Work Through Sports Ministry

    I JUST WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING THAT I am so glad that I was able to end my summer of 2017 in La Paz, Mexico. It was an amazing end to the summer and a nice jumpstart into my second year at Cedarville University. My team and I are so appreciative of the opportunity that we had to travel to Mexico to help run a basketball camp for middle school and high school students. I would like to extend a huge thank you to all who were able to financially contribute toward the overall cost of the trip. I cannot express how thankful I am for your willingness to donate in order to allow me to travel to Mexico for two weeks. Also, I would like to thank all of you who supported me and prayed for me prior to and during my time in La Paz.

    To brief you on the work we did on our mission trip, I'll give you a glimpse into a normal day with the kids. My team and I assisted two missionary families in running a basketball camp from 9-12 on Tuesday through Friday. The first week in La Paz we worked directly with middle school-aged youth, while the second week was primarily high school and college students.

    During our time at camp, we facilitated drills, directed competitions, and coached/refereed the kids while they scrimmaged. At the halfway point of each camp session, my team and I had the privilege of sharing a devotional with the youth. My devotional consisted of sharing the four themes of the gospel: Creation, the Fall, the Rescue, and the Restoration. Each of these themes were labeled on a basketball, called, The Story Basketball, that I presented to the kids. It was awesome to know that the kids would be able to hear about the gospel during their time at basketball camp. After camp ended around noon, the team and I would return later in the afternoon to play games and do crafts with the kids at the Transformados Youth Center.

    My team and I were able to hand out t-shirts, candy, hacky-sacks and, most importantly, Bibles, to the kids that attended the basketball camp. We were also able to present the kids with basketballs and purchase new uniforms for the club team out of the additional donations that were given toward our trip. The trip was also highlighted with constant laughter and smiles from the kids, snorkeling and kayaking, amazing beaches, authentic Mexican food, and lots of Chaco Retas (a chocolate mint Mexican candy).

    Throughout the course of the trip, I was able to build some great relationships with the kids, as well as the missionaries and their families. It was awesome to hear from the missionaries of how they have witnessed growth and development in the kids since last summer when the first ever Cedarville team went to La Paz. Coming back from this trip, I can definitely say that God has strengthened my passion for pursuing sports ministry in the future.

    I ask that you continue to pray for the youth and for the great work that the missionaries are doing in the La Paz community. Thank you all again for your prayers, contributions, and support during this entire time. If you would like to hear more about my experience on the trip or would like to hear some stories or see some photos, feel free to contact me.