Guest Blogger — Sammy Gonzalez, Good Shepherd Pastor Of Latino Ministries

Good Shepherd Soccer Outreach 2013

Over the last week, 25 Good Shepherd volunteers spent five consecutive nights serving 75 children from two neighboring low income communities.   The children we served were as “full color” as our church is becoming.
The volunteers consisted of GS staff, GS volunteers, community friends and their children. During the week the children not only received soccer instruction but they also received daily devotionals that included Bible teaching of values and principles that tied into the game of soccer and life.
To conclude this great week, the entire outreach camp met at the SCAA (Steele Creek Athletic Association) who donated their fields to have a soccer tournament between both communities.
On that Saturday (July 27), approximately 30 volunteers, 40 parents and 60 plus children participated in a great family day where they played games while parents and volunteers developed relationships. Each child who registered received a brand new Good Shepherd soccer uniform.
It was a great success that without the many faces, hands, feet and serving hearts of volunteers this could not have been possible. It was truly an honor to serve along each and one of them as we together invited young soccer players into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.