I agreed to provide lighting for the annual evening soccer games in the street. I met with the planners and we shared ideas about how the activity should be a family friendly one that involves all kinds of people in town.
On the first night, I set up the lights and waited. Things started about an hour late. I was upset, because it was a school night, and we were keeping kids from studying. Not a good start.
By the third night, things were happening on time. Members of the ASAPH Brass Band had decided to open a temporary restaurant during the soccer games. We bought supplies and delegated responsibilities. On Saturday December 21st we started selling food...fried bananas, sausages, chicken, etc. I sat and watched this group of young people in their ASAPH shirts being great hosts. They were happy together and worked together. I sat and thought about the beginnings of the group six years ago or so. They were children then. Many are finishing high school this year. A good number have finished already. Changes are coming as more and more members will leave town to pursue their life paths. I am so proud of them as a group. They have developed relationships that I believe will last.
I love my job. More and more I get chances to sit back and watch things. It is a rewarding experience for me. I am encouraged by the growth, the maturity, the stability that I see in young people I have had the pleasure to be around as they grew and learned.
Right now I am getting involved with a group of kids in our church. Many are in 4th grade. They are exciting, motivated, and funny. I can only imagine what they will be in ten or twenty years!
To God be the glory!!
Missionary in Haiti.