On a relatively sunny day, with a cool breeze at at my back, I am watching our newly trained European coaches lead the first session of sports camp. Now that the classroom time is finished, the practical training begins! With a wide variety of ages, the children in attendance are all enjoying a great time of fun and skills development, while learning more about God.
It's been a real joy watching these key leaders arrange drills, share sports and Bible stories, and run an object lesson. Most of all, it is fun seeing each of them experience sports camp firsthand and applying what they learn throughout the week. During our classroom time, our team of trainers had the chance to see practice presentations, but now we get to see them in front of children. Whether it's Andi jumping enthusiastically with the kids during song time, or Max calling all of the leaders forward to act out a bobsled run (with sounds and actions!) during a sports story, the level of energy is high.
In addition to the key leaders learning more as they run the camp, a local pastor is also watching. He is learning about how sports camp can become a regular part of the ministry through local churches in Weisbaden and in the Christian school whose fields we are using. As he is watching he is enjoying what this ministry is doing for the children who are here. Who knows how God will continue to use this camp long after we finish here tomorrow.
As the leaders continue to run camp, they are praying and planning about how they will work with churches in their respective nations to start sports ministry for the purpose of reaching more children, youth, and adults with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please keep praying for the short ministry here in Weisbaden, and for completion of the training week here. Be on the lookout for another post as we finish this time and look toward the near future and how Base Sports will be working here in Europe!