They say there two things in Haiti that will create a crowd instantly. One is the beating of a drum (music). The second is soccer. ASAPH Teaching ministry is using soccer to encourage good sportsmanship, good leadership, and cooperation. In August, we're having our first mini-tournament. There are four teams of under-15 boys competing against each other for the meager prize of lifting a plastic trophy. A few weeks ago we had a pre-season game. We tested the new soccer goals and several other technical aspects.
On Saturday evening there were two games with official results. Team GREEN beat team PURPLE by a score of 2 to 0. PURPLE mounted a bit of an attack in the second half, but never scored. In game two, Team ORANGE beat Team WHITE by the same score of 2 to 0.
Each team has a young volunteer doing the player selection and coaching. The referees are all young volunteers selected for their desire to train young players in good sportsmanship. The sole paid position in the ASAPH soccer program is the role of Director. His name is Jean-Pierre, and he is a licensed referee and coach with plenty of valuable experience in organized soccer in the city of Cayes.
ASAPH SOCCER CLUB is planning a soccer activity each month for a different group of players...boys, girls, young men, young women. Sports is a great way for people to learn and practice honesty, respect, control under pressure, and so many other important character traits. Our goal is to train another generation of soccer enthusiasts who use soccer in a positive way for the rest of their lives. Though the ASAPH SOCCER CLUB does not discriminate according to faith, we are openly using biblical teachings about love and respect.
Matthew 5:16 (paraphrase) When they see the good things you do, they'll praise God in heaven.
Missionary in Haiti.