On Sunday the 27th, the ASAPH ACADEMY OF FOOTBALL (soccer) traveled to the valley community of Lacolline for an away soccer game. Our coach, Jude, had set up the game with a friend of his who directs a school in that community. It's a community much bigger than our own. Jude knows the director well and knows that he shares our commitment to building tomorrow's leaders. We are always careful to arrange games with teams that are under good supervision.
Sunday's experience was a delight. We arrived early and greeted our opponents. Their leader addressed both teams together detailing the importance of sportsmanship. A crowd gathered, the players warmed up, and the referees appeared. It's always as scary situation when you are in another community and about to go head to head on a soccer field.
Our kids did fantastic. The other team was a bit bigger than our kids. We are used to that. Under some serious stress, they handled the ball well and controlled the game. It all came down to one corner kick. Two of our players combined on the corner kick to get the ball into the air in front of the goal. Our 2nd tallest defender had his head in the right place and there was no chance of missing the net half-empty in front of him. No question about that goal as he followed it all the way into the back of the net.
Our primary goal is always good behavior, good citizenship. Our kids achieved that at almost 100% that day. The other team was a great example as well...helping our kids up off the dirt. It was a good day for Haiti. Two teams struggled against each other with honor.
AAF is a great tool, and we are using it to build tomorrow's leaders. Our tiny kids are becoming serious players. Our serious players are becoming captains. Our captains are becoming coaches. Growth. Glory to God.
Missionary in Haiti.