Through playing in a tournament a month or so ago, Ben met a man named Mystico. Mystico teaches PE at a school in a small pueblo about 20 minutes outside of Ometepec, called La Boluda. Three days a week Mystico goes out to the school and coaches these 12 to 15 year old kids in soccer. He showed up one day at our house and asked Ben about putting these kids in the youth league here in Ometepec. So, Ben and the Maranatha club have taken on this group of boys as another youth team. Once a week Ben and Chico and Matt go out to La Boluda to coach these boys, and then they play games on Saturdays. Not only are these kids eager to be coached in soccer, but they are eager to listen to testimonies of the Gospel. Each week someone has shared their personal testimony of the Gospel with these kids. Mystico is not a believer, so pray that God would continue to use these times to draw him and these young people to Himself.
Below: Mystico (left) and Chico (right)
This past Thursday we went as a family to the school and had a great time. In good international fashion, our plans were changed, though! When we got there, Mystico informed us that we would be teaching the kids volleyball instead of soccer!! It was great!! And a good experience for all of us in being flexible!! There are a number of girls there who love playing soccer as well, but who were really excited to “ooh and ahh” over our kids! Here are some photos from the day!