I'm am so happy to report that Hoops for Hope was such a blessing to us. One of the goals we set last year for the youth center was reaching youth through sports. I'm am so thankful for a group of servant-hearted people who came this week to help us advance on that goal.
We had about 145 kids and youth ages 8-25 that were impacted by the camp. We had four days of camp, with three different age groups at 3 different times. Morning was for 12-15, afternoons for 8-12, and nights for 16-25. It was fabulous. We had great weather that allowed the group to keep their energy up till the last day.
We had a large majority of the kids say they wanted to receive Jesus as their Lord. We explained that this is a start of a new life and only the beginning to knowing their purpose. Coach Wible, the director of the organization reminded us of the parable of the seeds. It was encouraging to think that we as a group had done the work and that some seeds will be prosperous.
We are excited about having some new faces in the youth center to start discipling. Please continue to pray that we would be faithful to this harvest.
Not only did the Lord bring us new faces, but he also brought us favor with our government. The local government requested the group's presence on Thursday after the morning session. The mayor, president of education, president of sports, and the president of our region (like a governor) were all at that meeting. The purpose was to thank the organization for choosing our city to invest in. They were so happy that the group had come. Bryan got to translate for all the dignitaries. It was a blessing. They didn't even focus so much on the basketball, but mostly on how events like this can make a difference in children's lives. It was awesome. Plus, people all around town were telling us they saw us on the 6:00 local news.
God is so good. We are so ready to see Him high and lifted up in this city. And it starts with us! So we give Jesus the praise - only He is worthy of the recognition! May Your Kingdom come and be manifested HERE!
Here are a couple pics of the camps and the group (I will post more on our facebook group - Bryan and Delana in Peru) :
Bryan is leaving this Thursday for a several-day river trip. He will be visiting several villages and encouraging several churches along with Octavio. Please keep them in your prayers.