Since I have been home from Africa, I have had time to look back and process all that happened while we were there. For those of you who don't know, I started working with Courtney on Reaction Tour in September. Reaction Tour is a nonprofit that puts on sports camps in underprivileged areas around the world.
We get to impact the kids on a physical level, providing them with new shoes, sports equipment and meals. We get to teach them skills that align with their passions in areas such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, dance, worship, leadership, and beauty. AND, beyond that, we get to pour into these kids by loving on them, listening to their dreams and their fears, worshiping Jesus with them, and praying for them.
Reaction Tour offers such a well-rounded experience for both the camper and the volunteer, and I am now, more aware than ever that I am so grateful to be exactly where I am! How amazing is it that my job is 100% focused on serving kids around the world who don't have a basketball to play or practice year round, who love coming to camp because the food is so great, who are eager to learn about what it means to be an amazing leader, who make sure they come back to camp every year because it is the best sports training they have ever received. These are the stories of some of the kids we were at camp with!
Being back has also made me realize how we should appreciate our lives and the many blessings we have. There was a 14 year old boy at camp named Ian. I fell in love with this quiet and gentle dreamer. He told me how he would love to be a professional basketball player one day. He was so excited to tell me all about his team he had back home and his coach Edward who is so great to him. And then when I asked how practices are and if they have won a lot of games, he told me that they want to but they don't have a ball to practice or play. I couldn't believe it! We made sure Ian had a ball to take home, but now that I am back here and coaching my middle school girls basketball team I am realizing how incredibly blessed we are with equipment, facilities, uniforms, shoes etc. We always have been, but going and serving people in another culture far away from home makes it more clear. Thank God for the shoes you have, the clean water you drink, and the different activities you have the chance to be involved in because not everyone has those opportunities!