Rewarding Rocky Roads

God’s sense of timing is clearly different from ours. With just a few decades on this earth, we feel limitations press hard against our hopes and ambitions. Sometimes the many challenges we face in life and ministry seem to threaten the vision we trust God has given,...

One Little Boy

Forty teenaged boys arrived with their coaches at Lake Langano in summer of 2006. This week was the pilot summer sports camp for Sports Friends, the first and only camp like it in all of Ethiopia. The boys came from homes struggling with the poverty common to their...

Vision Of Beauty

She was 11 years old when she joined a Sports Friends netball team in 2013. She was the second born in a family of four. Her father had died long ago, and she lived with her mom. She obviously had talent and influence and great potential for leadership, so Coach...

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One Little Boy

One Little Boy

Forty teenaged boys arrived with their coaches at Lake Langano in summer of 2006. This week was the pilot summer sports camp for Sports Friends, the first and only camp like it in all of Ethiopia. The boys came from homes struggling with the poverty common to their...

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Vision Of Beauty

Vision Of Beauty

She was 11 years old when she joined a Sports Friends netball team in 2013. She was the second born in a family of four. Her father had died long ago, and she lived with her mom. She obviously had talent and influence and great potential for leadership, so Coach...

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New Seasons

New Seasons

Fourteen years ago, a group of boys gathered around their coach, a tall and kind man from a church right there in their own city in Kenya. The coach knew that there was more to life than the poverty and crime those boys saw as normal. He knew there was opportunity,...

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The Journey Of Joy

The Journey Of Joy

By Tohru Inoue (Difficult subject matter)  On a weekend in 2008, when Joy was in primary school, her younger sister was so hungry that Joy went out and borrowed 10 shillings (roughly ten cents) worth of food from the neighbor’s restaurant. When her father came...

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Judged By Another

Judged By Another

One spring evening, a coach was kicking a soccer ball around after practice with a few of the Middle Eastern boys on his youngest team. They were waiting for the girls team to finish up, and monkey-in-the-middle was the game of choice for these seven, nine, and twelve...

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