Sailfish Women's Soccer Departs for Nicaragua
August 17, 2010
Written By: Michele Kappas, PBA Women's Soccer Player
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Well friends, many of you have been praying for our soccer team missions trip to Nicaragua but if you are like me you are surprised it came up so fast! Our flight is scheduled to take off at 11:30 pm and I think with the time change we will get in around 2 am in Nicaragua. Our whole team is going(16 returners and 4 freshman) and we will be staying at a mission base in El Puente which is located in Grenada. While we are there we will be visiting an orphanage, working with mentally challenged kids, going to the dump, planning for VBS, helping with young life, and many other activities including playing soccer.
We return very early the morning of the 24th and it sounds like our days will be very packed up until our return!
We were given a book called It's Not About Me by Max Lucado that we will be going through this whole season. In the first chapter it talks about how everything started with God and everything should revolve around Him not ourselves. It challenges us to take on roles as Son reflectors, just as the moon reflects light from the sun. We are called to mirror Christ and reflect His light on a daily basis. Matthew 5:14-15 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
We were created to give God all the glory. Life is about pleasing Him through our service, not the other way around. Please pray that this will be running through our minds constantly along with the prayer requests below:
SPECIFIC PRAYER REQUESTS:
1.)Andrea, Allison, Shelby and Lauren are the names of our new freshman. They arrived at school YESTERDAY. It is never easy to come to a school as a freshman not knowing anyone let alone leave the country the next day. I am VERY excited to get to know these girls on the trip and see how the Lord uses them right away. They are being thrown into the mix right away and this is a major step out of their comfort zone so please be praying for these girls especially while we are gone.
2.) STRENGTH. All of you know how exhausting life can become when you are devoting all your time and energy in service. On top of ministry we are going to be playing small games and training in Nicaragua. Please pray that the joy of the Lord will be our strength and that He will renew us with energy through His love every morning.
3.) UNITY. Although the returners have already been training together for 3 days this will technically be our first week all together. We did a couple missions training sessions with Mark prior dealing with unity so we all understand how important this is overseas. Pray that God will use us so much greater together than we ever could have been used alone, and that all gossip and complaining would be completely removed.
4.) RESPECT and LOVE FOR NATIONALS. This is such an important thing to be praying for when we are shining God's light. Please pray that we put the missionaries and nationals first and ourselves last. Pray that we would leave an incredible impact at El Puente and in the country of Nicaragua.
5.) SAFETY AND PROTECTION. Please be praying for smooth travels going and coming. There are a lot of thefts that take place in the area so please pray that God will protect the missionary base from any potential robberies. I take full confidence in the Lord's angels watching over us but prayer would be appreciated for the girls on my team's safety while we are there as well.
6.) GUIDANCE. If you asked any of us how we are feeling right now I'm sure everyone would answer, "unprepared." After going to Brazil freshman year with PBA and Haiti this year I was able to see how much preparation goes into the months prior to planning only a week overseas. Thinking about how we have only done about 3 hours of spiritually preparation scares me, but I am at peace because these circumstances are out of our control. This missions trip will be different than most but that is what excites me. "My Grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9. This verse has already encouraged me greatly in feeling unprepared and i know it will be a stronghold in Nicaragua when we start to feel inadequate. Please pray that God would guide our every step and that every word out of our mouths would be directly from the Holy Spirit.
I am thrilled to see how this trip will transform our team. I am thrilled to use the abilities God has given us through soccer to reach others in Nicaragua. I am thrilled to know that this trip will be a challenge. I am thrilled to be serving along 19 girls who will be my best friends come the end of this week if they weren’t already. I am thrilled to be emptied of myself to be used fully for the service of my Savior and Heavenly Father. I am thrilled to share the share the gospel with the lost. I am thrilled that in less than 24 hours I will be staring at God's creation in a country I have never been. I am thrilled to be called a child of God.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support I look forward to updating you after!=)
"Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness." Psalm 115:1