July has truly been a month of constant surprises. This seems like a contradictory phrase, but it’s true.
On the Conference Softball front, we played in The Smoky Mountain Classic and the Cincinnati Major. On back-to-back weekends, it poured down rain every day. This is not the most ideal setting, but we played anyway and held onto sixth place in the country! However, the best part was the opportunity the team had to collect and deliver several bags of tee shirts and socks to the Lord’s Gym Ministries in Cincinnati, Ohio. Next week, we will be taking 13 boxes filled with 1,100 shirts to the inner city ministry. Overall, we finished real strong.
For Camps, the aftermath of Covid is still lingering, our numbers remain lower than in the past. Nonetheless, Zach Arington has done a fabulous job heading up the camps. He has led six camps this summer, wrapping up the last week of July in Detroit, Michigan. Through basketball and football, there have been dozens of Bibles given out as well as a great deal of Christian encouragement.
Andrew Hammond and I also had the privilege of traveling to Washington, DC for several meetings this July. During our two-day trip, we had two visits with Ambassador Young, the Belizean Ambassador to the USA, met with Coach Kirby and several other basketball coaches at Georgetown University, and had a great visit with Victor, a friend doing ministry in Ukraine. We are excited to now have a lot of plans for future ministry in Ukraine.
Finally, we are now getting ready to hit the international road again! Andrew and Zach will be taking a group of four to lead basketball camps in Ukraine from August 6 -14. Kelly Combs, our Basketball Coordinator, will also be taking our first international team trip since 2019, heading to Belize. They will be doing a training camp, August 1-4, and ministering through basketball, August 5-15.
As you can see, God has been blessing us in incredible ways. Thank you folks for all of your prayers, financial support, and hands-on help.
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