The first day of summer, June 21, is just days away. It is always an easy one to remember because it is also my Dad’s birthday. (Happy Birthday Dad). Though that is the official start, it seems that we have already been “summering.” The 4th is only a few weeks away, soon to be joined by the first of August which is school. Did I just say that summer had not officially started?
Time is a funny thing. The older you get, the faster things seem to move. Holidays that seemed to never come quick enough when we were young, feel like that are lapping their selves. Yet, we know that we still have the same amount of time.
What are you doing with your time that really matters? David Brainerd said, “Oh, how precious is time, and how it pains me to see it slide away, while I do so little to any good purpose.” Once a moment is gone, it can never be retrieved. Be careful and use your moments to glorify God! As your summer wraps up, or just gets started, find out what God is doing and get in on it.
There are six of us heading out Sunday morning to Lake Correctional Facility in Florida. We will be facilitating basketball, soccer, and slow pitch softball from June 23 to June 26. This is the first time that we have tried to do something like this. We are hoping to have some good involvement in order to get the inmates active in recreation, but more important drawing a crowd to share the Gospel. Monday and Wednesday, we will be doing softball and then soccer with basketball on Tuesday and Thursday. I believe that we are going to need to find more creative ways to make a differences in these guys’ lives. Please be in prayer.
The shoes are ready and they are being taken down to Miami to be shipped for our August trip to Belize. A special thanks to these guys who did the separating and bagging up so we can take them down. On behalf of Stan Curry, director of our shoe ministry, and myself, thank you to all of you that have donated shoes and money to help us not only get shoes to Belize, but shoes to needy in other states.
|Victor Oladipo, Indiana University, traveled to China in 2011. Drafted 2nd pick in the first round of NBA draft by Orlando Magic.|
|Peyton Siva, University of Louisville, traveled to China in 2010. Drafted with the 56th pick in the 2nd round in the NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.|
|Aaron White, University of Iowa, traveled to Brazil in 2012. Selected to play on the USA Jr. National Team at the World University Games in Russia.|
|Elfrid Payton, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, traveled to China 2013. Selected to play on the USA 19U team in the FIBA 19U World Championships in Czech Republic.|
|Jordan Hulls, Indiana University, traveled to China in 2011 and has officially signed a contract to play for Energa Czarni Slupsk, a professional basketball club based in Slupsk, Poland|
Continue to pray for others that are playing in the NBA Summer Leagues and preparing for tryouts and opportunities.
After a one year hiatus, it was off to the amazing land of China. Sixteen people made up the party that spent May 11-26 on this exciting trip.
The team played seven games during finishing with 4-2-1 record. They played a team from Lithuania, going 3-2-1, and finishing with the pro team from Jianjisu, winning the only game. This was an interesting team in that they trailed every game by ten or more in the second half and only loss twice.
Along with the games, the team had a great opportunity to experience the culture of China with site seeing, travel, and local foods. Add to this the wonderful time of getting to know the gracious folks in China and it made for a great trip.
Here are some comments from some of the guys:
“It was an amazing trip.”
“Getting closer to God was the most important part of the trip for me.”
“At first, it was about playing good competition but as the trip went on, I really grew closer to God.”
“Now I truly understand what it means to follow Jesus. I never really knew that He had a plan for me.”
“To be honest, it was flat out fun.”
GAME 7 Baotou, China (Inner Mongolia)
Thursday May 23
REACH USA 104
JIANGSU 98 OT
Thanks to a Travis Smith three-pointer from the corner at the buzzer, Reach USA finally got to experience an overtime game. With that, the team pulled off a 104-98 overtime win over Jiangsu. The Chinese team finished third in the NBL pro league this year and came in ready for a big win in front of a great local crowd. Reach was able to hold a four point lead at half only to see if dwindle to a nine point deficit. Applying a full court press, the US team came back tie and go on to a big win. Reach USA was led in scoring by Elfried Payton with 28, followed by TJ Price with 25. Payton also led the way with 9 rebounds. Reach USA finished the tour with a 4-2-1 record. PTL!
NAME FG-FGA 3PT-3PA FT-FTA ORB +DRB=TRB A TO S BS PF TP
PRICE 9-21 3-9 4-7 2+4=6 2 2 4 0 4 25
FANT 4-9 — 3-8 2+3=5 2 1 2 1 3 11
PAYTON 10-16 1-3 7-9 2+7=9 8 2 2 0 1 28
JOHNSON 4-6 – – 2+3=5 3 1 0 2 5 8
MOORE 4-10 0-2 2-2 5+1=6 1 2 4 0 3 10
SMITH 4-6 2-3 – 0+3=3 4 1 3 0 4 10
WILSON 2-7 1-6 – 1+1=2 4 4 1 0 2 5
KAMBOLA 1-2 – 0-2 1+0=1 0 1 0 1 1 2
MEYERS 2-7 1-4 – 2+3=5 1 0 0 0 2 5
TOTALS 40-84 8-27 16-28 17+25=42 25 14 16 4 25 104