Serving through Soccer...
Serving through Soccer
My name is Colby Hales and I am 11 Years old. Approximately a year ago, I started planning for a mission trip to Uganda, which I was blessed to be able to take this summer. My family has been going to Uganda for the past few years to engage in the life of kids who are part of “Sozo Children.” While I have had the opportunity to get to know some of the children through mail and Skype, I was excited at the opportunity of finally being able to go spend time with them.
I’ve been a soccer player since age four and have played for Twins since Recreation league. I love the game and especially the position of Goalie. The moment I knew I was going to be able to actually go to Uganda, my desire was to acquire as much soccer equipment as we could take, to give to the kids there.
As we prayed and told people about our trip, we were blessed to receive donations both to help fund our travel and to buy soccer equipment. We bought balls, pumps and cones. I could not wait to have the opportunity to share my faith and the game of soccer with the kids (many my own age). As the time for our trip, came near, we were blessed with two incredible, additional donations. Soccer Unlimited provided us with cleats, socks, balls, shirts and pants. Additionally my own Club, Twins, donated sets of actual Uniforms. (Jersey’s, Shorts and Socks) Wow, I knew that for the kids would be so excited to be playing the game they love in matching Uniforms. They would have the opportunity to look and feel like a team!
Midway through the trip, we were able to give the uniforms to the kids. I will never forget the smile on their faces as they realized these were theirs to keep and that as they played future games against other schools, they would be proudly wearing the Twins Blue & White. Later that same day, we were able to hand out the balls, cleats and other equipment. It was a thrill to minister to these kids by giving what others had so graciously provided.
I have been told, that “It is better to give than to receive,” and I know that to be true. In response to the gifts, they invited me to play in an upcoming game against Kitende School. The Sozo team won 2-1, and I was proud to play Twins Soccer in Uganda.
Let me conclude with a simple Thank You. Thank you to members of the Twins Family (U11 Twins Silver), who graciously provided our family donations to help travel and purchase soccer supplies. Thank You to Soccer Unlimited for your willingness to provide cleats and balls. (many wearing cleats for the 1st time) and finally THANK YOU to TYCSA for investing in the lives of Soccer players in Uganda through the donation of Uniforms. What we take for granted (Uniforms), these players experienced for the first time!