Sailfish Ministry Blog: Andrew Kanarr from Jamaica Day One
May 11, 2009
JAMAICA- Today marks the first blog from junior Andrew Kanarr of the Palm Beach Atlantic University men's soccer team as he shares his experiences along with his teammates as they have traveled to Jamaica to take part in a summer mission's trip. Read below how God is using the game of soccer and these young men to impact those around them for the Kingdom.
Its hard to find a person who is eager towards waking up at 3:30 in the morning; but for the PBA men's soccer team, the anticipation for our day was the primary motivation. With Jamaica in sight, the 15 of us could hardly sleep knowing we are spending a week in Jamaica. With high hopes and minimal expectations, we left PBA at 4:00 a.m. Within an hour or so flight and customs, we were greeted by Baris and Gregory, the Jamaican leaders of Global Soccer Mission. After attempting to impersonate the best Jamaican accent, we were debriefed and on our way.
With some of us still drowsy and jet lagged, we arrived at The Gleaner (Jamaica's leading Newspaper). Once at The Gleaner, we were introduced to an overzealous tour guide, Mr. Hubert Marsh. Mr. Marsh was everything our soccer team needed and more. We couldn't have asked for a more enthusiastic tour guide who allowed us to add humor to the interesting tour. Mr. Marsh showed us an in-depth tour of the different jobs, responsibilities and departments of The Gleaner. As far as Mr. Marsh, many of us compared Hubert Marsh to the famous Yoda; who both not only share the similar wisdom, but look nearly identical in the physical aspect.
After rest and some lunch, we were on our way to play our first Jamaican soccer team. With a full squad and four Jamaican students playing with us, we began the first friendly match. It's such a beautiful experience to be able to play a sport I love with the Jamaican nationals I just met. What a blessing it is to play a game and share our testimony through soccer to the viewers, players, and ambitious kids. Thanks to Cheyne Roberts for scoring a penalty kick in the first half, and Chance Sumner rocketing a shot from nearly 25 yards out to close the second half. With a win over Jamaican's Waterhouse 2-0, we are anticipating the next 2-3 matches. This is in fact the first game many of us had played since spring season! Which leads me to say that we are all exhausted and calling it an early night.
For our team, who has bonded over the years and grown into such a group that resembles a family; this mission's trip will be life changing for all of us. From some players on our team who have seen God do marvelous things on trips before, to those who have never had the blessing to be on one, we are all thankful for the support that everyone has given us. It’s such a blessing to see those who have supported us through prayer, finance, and encouragement.
This is only day one! Seven more extravagant days left! I will be back, live from Jamaica!