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10/9/2017 Matt Raney
This is a short story to help you understand the mission of Adventure Soccer in Swaziland.
We mobilized to a rural Swazi village to run a soccer camp outreach event to connect with local kids & youth. Our goal? To build relationships & trust in order to come alongside these kids that are oprhaned and living in their homesteads alone with siblings or neighbors. We connected well with these kids...and formed a team. We even gave them a coach! A promise was made to them. If they met to train during the week with their coach, we would bring them uniforms. The kids faithfully trained for months while we were away. They polished up soccer skills, learning to trust each other & work as a team. They also learned to implement many of the Biblical principles that the coach was teaching them on sportsmanship & being a "good neighbor." When we returned, a celebration broke out because the team finally had jerseys! They wore them with pride and could hardly wait for an opportunity to compete against another team. One day, our Adventure Soccer team modeled for this new team what it looked like to "give back" and "serve" in their community. We loaded up backpacks full of food supplies, soap, and jugs of water & set out on a hike...looking for homesteads with kids too afraid to come down to us for help. We found many homes to offer help to. At some homes we assisted by lending a hand in repairs, others we just visited & offered some supplies, and most we stopped to pray with people. The kids were beginning to understand that God could use them to make a difference in others lives. They just needed to be willing! Our Adventure Soccer team returned home only to find some pictures sent to us of a follow up mission the team had gone on. But this journey led them to a man who hadn't eaten in weeks. He was literally starving to death in his homestead...too weak to do anything. The photos included his mud hut and the many needs he had. Our new little team jumped into action serving this man. Some fixed his leaking roof, others mended his chicken coup fence, while even more washed up his dishes & filled his water jugs. A few cooked a meal for him while the coach removed the shirt off of his back and placed it on this man. God used these kids in a mighty way that day. It is because of your giving that this was set into motion. Please consider Adventure Soccer as you ponder your end of the year giving. We would be grateful for more opportunities like this!


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10/9/2017 Matt Raney
We have been working hard in Swaziland, Africa since 2010.  Offering options for orphans & vulnerable children to have a free meal, cultivating clean water options for villages, even spearheading community gardens that train young people in how best to plant & raise healthy produce.  Our education efforts have been steadfast in pointing kids to their studies which poise them to break the cycle of poverty & focus on a bright future.  Sports ministry has also played a key role in inserting trustworthy adult figures in the lives of these kids.  God has been so faithful in bringing this effort to where it is today!

Now...we turn our attention to home.  There is an abundance of hurt, trouble & turmoil in far too many homes here in our communities.  We are mobilizing to do something about it.  Adventure Soccer has organized a grouping of outreach events to specifically go after youth at risk of joining gangs, kids overwhelmed by drug activity in their communities and areas with high numbers of kids entering foster care.  These events are designed to connect kids to positive activities in their neighborhoods...sports teams, after school tutoring help, church youth groups, etc...

We are hopeful you will join us in prayer for this campaign.  We know from our experiences in Africa that kids come alive with hope.  We are believing that the same is true at home.  Please stay up to date on our website www.adventuresoccer.org as to how you can become involved & support this effort.

Thank you, Matt Raney - Director of Adventure Soccer