God's story in Africa

Our God is Stronger April 3, 2011

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This past week I had been continuing the design work for the Sister Connection. Things are going rather smoothly, which is a surprise since AutoCAD always gives me trouble. I had two soccer games to coach this week along with a V.I.P. invitation to the Watoto Restore Tour: Child Soldier No More. Click here for a link to their website.

Heritage Lions team pic

I’ll start things off with the Restore Tour because it was so awesome and brought things to life for me. I was first introduced to the fact that children were used as soldiers in Africa while I was at Alabama thanks to the Invisible Children group there and last year I read the book “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.” So I had been exposed to this stuff, but unfortunately paper can only do so much. Basically the show starts off with a video telling the audience how Uganda got its independence and how good things were for a couple of years. Eventually it goes to the civil war and tells a bit about Joseph Koni. This short history lesson is great for someone like me who is really into history, but still absolutely confused about what caused the civil war. After the video the children who are in the group (I forgot to mention that all of the children in the choir/actors were attacked by the rebels and were forced join the camp. They were either given a gun or a cooking utensil) began acting out what many people went through, like an attack on a village, life in rebel camp, etc. There was a lot of really good singing and dancing involved. At the end the children gave testimonies about what they themselves went through and forgave the people who wronged them. How powerful that is! I have the hardest time forgiving somebody who stuck their hand in my backpack to steal something. It just blows me away that the guy who saw his mother’s arms get chopped off and then shot in the back of the head can forgive the ones who did that. It really does show that our God is stronger. Only through God could forgiveness like that happen. If God wouldn’t have inspired the Watoto church to step up and make a difference in these young people’s lives and pretty much the whole northern section of Uganda there’s no telling how bad things might be there currently. Watoto not only helps the folks who went through the ordeal but they’re actually rebuilding the whole city of Gulu. It’s a great ministry God has put together and I encourage you to look them up and see what all they have going on.

On to soccer or futbol as it’s called here. I really haven’t talked about it much, but I’ve been coaching a U-11 boys soccer team since February. I joined up after a week or two after their first game which I got to see. The result was not pretty. They went down 8-0 and did not play as a team; however, throughout the season they gelled pretty well together and won 2 games and had 1 tie up until this Thursday. On Thursday we had a game that we had to win to get into the championship game. The boys played really hard and had an unfortunate goal scored on them on a corner kick so we went into halftime down 2-1. They continued to play hard and be aggressive and got the goal back. Things stayed pretty even until there were about 7 or 8 minutes left in the game. One of our guys was able to break loose and scored the goal to go up. After that we hung on and had some great saves from our little keeper. That qualified us for the championship game on Saturday against the team that had beat them 8-0. When Saturday rolled around the boys were really excited and pretty focused. They gave it their all, but we had some unlucky shots on goal and of course the other team had the ball bounce their way. We lost 4-1, but I couldn’t be prouder of these boys had they won. They made so much progress throughout the season and were willing to listen to the other coach and me. I couldn’t have asked for a better team. That about wraps up all the excitement of the week. Next weekend I’ll be out of town so the next update may be a little late. God bless!



2 Responses to “Our God is Stronger”

  1. Haley Says:

    Love that you are coaching soccer over there!!! Have a wonderful week and enjoy your travels next weekend. Be safe! We love you!!

  2. Murlene Nethery (Emme) Says:

    How exciting and rewarding to be such a great influence on people especially the youth. The will always remember you Christ like love!

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