Judes Medoit is Asaph's soccer coach. He sees what soccer can do as a ministry tool. People in Haiti tend not to 'play' together very much...especially not different generations. Parents don't play with their kids.
Judes set up a soccer game that pitted AAF against adult men in local churches. In several cases, it was father against son. I played as well.
We had a delightful Sunday afternoon together. There were uniforms and referees, but there was no 'game tension' to speak of. It was fun...a game!!
The kids ran around us. They passed. They collected every free ball, and they scored first on a free kick. In the second half, though, two former players combined for a great shot on goal. The young goalie had no chance. We ended up tied.
Our town has fallen in love with penalty kicks. We decided to include them since the game ended in a tie. The adult goalie couldn't really put his hand on any ball the kids shot. The young goalie was no match for adult kickers. Finally, as the sun went down, one of the AAF players missed his shot. The adults 'won', but really it was a win-win situation.
Here at ASAPH Teaching Ministry we will continue to bring people together around positive activities. We are present Christ in this rural Haitian community...one lesson at a time.
Missionary in Haiti.