Well ladies and gents, your trusty bronze-medaled, women's volleyball Spartans are leaving the country. We're off to Paraguay alongside Athletes in Action to help fight poverty and spread God's love. We're using our sport as a platform as we're helping in orphanages, food stations, and whatever else God calls us to do. Our team is leaving April 26th and returning on May 9th, and this is where we'll be documenting all of our experiences and thoughts. Enjoy!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Day 1, Team White

Team White: Casie, Sarah, Alicia, Kara, Christy, Nicole, Chelsea W

Today Team Blanca spent the morning playing with about twenty 4 and 5 year olds at Genesis church. The church doubled as a school, which has 42 children enrolled - down from last year's 65 students as a result of insufficient funding and resources. The cost of education at Genesis church is only $5 a month per student, but only 1/3 of the families can accord to pay, so the school literally relies on God to make ends meet. They trust in God so unfailingly: the volunteer lunch lady said that the love of God is her pay. We have so much to learn from the way these people rely fully on God.
After a shy start, the children warmed up to us pretty quickly; we played at a near-by park, sang songs, and laughed a lot. Even though most of us didn't speak mucho espagnol, we experienced first-hand that simply loving people is not at all bound by language.

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