Likius Hafeni receives his Master of Divinity from Corban University

We are pleased to announce that Likius Hafeni, long time Surge Ambassador and current Surge International Board Member, received his Master of Divinity from Corban University (Salem, Oregon) this past Saturday. Hafeni, who had already earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Corban first came to Salem in 2009 to play for the Surge’s Cascade Surge team. But his story is not quite that simple. Growing up in Mariental, Namibia Likius represented his country at the international level of soccer. Around the same time he pioneered soccer …

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April 2021 – Update from Al and Lori

We got our vaccines! Second doses, minimal side effects and happy to do our part in helping to stop the spread of this virus. It was so nice to get back into church on Sunday after being away for over a year. Al is happy to get back into co-teaching in our small group. And we are so grateful that we are in a place where we were able to get this vaccine, as many are not so fortunate. Right now, we would ask you to pray for Alan Pinto …

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Charity Match raises $8,500 and counting

“OLD TIMERS” CHARITY MATCH RAISES OVER $8,500 AND COUNTING FOR THE RANCHO SAN JUAN BOSCO ORPHANAGE IN TECATE, MEXICO Dear Friends, Twenty-six years ago we were leaving Mexico after our one-day soccer event for the Rancho San Juan Bosco Orphanage; as we crossed the border back into the United States Susie turned to me and said, “We aren’t done here!” The next week she strapped Nathan into his car seat, loaded up our car with bags of groceries, picked up her parents in Temecula and headed back down to the …

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26 years ago

26 years ago I took the Seahorse Soccer Team ( to visit the boys orphanage in Tecate, Mexico – Rancho San Juan Bosco Orphanage. It was supposed to be a “one time event.”

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See You Sunday, March 14th in San Diego / GAME ON!

Greetings All, David Welk says “GAME ON” – our much awaited Orphanage Charity Match will be played: Sunday, March 14 @ 10:00 am at Doyle Park in San Diego with a meal afterward. While the games feature Spartans against Carnitas we have room for many more players to add to the rosters. If you are over 50 we invite you to play with us.  See brochure attached which explains how to make a donation.  Or Donate Online. I look forward to being there to film the event and thank each of you for helping …

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Facebook Live with the Vice-President of Sports Journalism in Liberia

Join David Irby on on Facebook Live tomorrow at 10:00 am PST by the Vice-President of Sports Journalism in Liberia. We are starting new initiatives in Zambia, Liberia, Kenya and Haiti to train pastor and coaches in evangelism & discipleship through sports. Varmah Kamara, will be the host, from Facebook.

GuideStar Silver Transparency

We’ve been awarded the Silver Transparency Award from GuideStar. GuideStar gives non-profits a comprehensive platform to display their cause and data complement capabilities. This allows everyone to access the key figures that help in making the decision to what nonprofits to donate.

Zambia and Marc Randall

Zambia – Your prayers are appreciated as Marc Randall (To Every Nation CNET Zambia) and I have started meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 6 am PST by What’s App & Zoom. This month Marc and I are adapting the great training materials from for pastors/evangelists/coaches. Pray that internet will work and that we can inspire and teach the leaders in Zambia in how to use sports to share the Christ’s love and to disciple those that come to Christ. Please pray as our goal is to “roll out” the …

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Training Future Leaders in the US

Training Future Leaders in the US – Finally, your prayers are appreciated as today I signed a contract to co-author a new textbook (Sports Ministry) for Human Kinetics. “Worldwide, Human Kinetics publishes more products—including books, journals, videos, and courses—than any other publisher serving physical activity disciplines.” University professors and dear friends – Wayne Rasmussen, David Lewis and Bill Galipault and I appreciate your prayers to complete the first four chapters by May 1, with a March 2022 deadline to complete the book – to potentially be used by Christian universities …

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Haiti & Zoom Training

Haiti – Please pray for us as Josh Westermann will be using Zoom to train soccer coaches in sports ministry (evangelism & discipleship). With the trip to Haiti cancelled three times we are praying the internet will work so we can equip and encourage the coaches – and please pray that Josh can follow up in person in May. Date: Monday – Thursday, Jan. 11th – 14th, 2021 by Zoom Participants: 60 Haitian coaches currently coaching within the Project Living Hope Soccer Academy

Surge News January 2021

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37 In our prayer letter you will find out more for the bold plans the Lord has given us for Zambia and Haiti and about the new book I will be co-authoring “Sports Ministry” to could be used in Christian universities across the USA. View Surge Update Blessings! Happy New Year sharing hope through soccer, Dave Irby Surge International

Wishing All Our Friends a Happy Thanksgiving!

And to our friends in other countries we hope you will join us Thursday, wherever you are and give special Thanks to God and join us in a moment of silent prayer for our world! sharing hope through soccer, Dave Irby

Updates: Orphanage / Kenya / Zambia

Thanks to Dave Welk’s efforts our Orphanage Charity Match will be played in San Diego on Sunday, November 22. Donate today to help the orphanage. Josh has started a new soccer ministry in Kenya Likius and Al joined me virtually for our first introduction to sports ministry with 30 Zambian pastors. We are now networked in with 400 denominations and 20,000 churches.

Orphanage Charity Match – Sunday, November 22 – San Diego

THE MATCH HAS BEEN POSTPONED due to COVID Restrictions. Steve, Bruce and David W are working on a new date for the match.

The Great News is – we have raised over $4,000 and we will be sending money this week so the orphanage can buy that new oven they need so much. There are more needs if you would still like to donate.


For our 25th Anniversary celebration, we are raising $3,500 for a convection oven. (As of October 20 we’ve raised $1,3500!)

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Love Surge? Get your gear at our new store!

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that you can now purchase your very own gear. Whether you have traveled with us on an international trip or help us in other ways or are a friend on Instagram or in real life – you can show your support for our global efforts by wearing our gear wherever you are in the world — and our gear will make a nice gift for a family member or friend, teammate, coach – or your whole team.

Celebrate with us our over thirty-five years of “serving through soccer” — and don’t forget to send us a selfie for our Instagram page @surge_soccer. Just a quick FYI, we are not Amazon so plan ahead as it may take about two weeks to arrive at your home.

-The Surge Team

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In 2007 Nate Brewer and Grant Knight became the first two soccer players to pioneer our soccer ministry to Vienna, Austria. Nate planned to be in Austria for one year. Twelve years later he’s still there heading up his own dynamic ministry.

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Sammy Surge Back in Action/Children’s Ministry Continues

We are so blessed to serve in so many ways. To think that in a matter of days Al and Lori Lotz raised money for a crisis in Peru and thousands of miles away we can continue our children’s ministry as the world slowly opens up again.

Sammy Surge made a guest appearance at the NW Christian soccer camp in Newberg, Oregon. The camp has been run by our own Likius Hafeni along with NW Christian Church’s Jason Dick, Family Ministries Pastor.

Find out where Sammy will be next?

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Fire – Urgent need in Peru


We are humbled and so encouraged by the outpouring of response and giving concerning the needs of Marcos and his family in Peru. In just one day we exceeded our goal to help them rebuild their lives after the fire. Just a reminder that any excess will go towards the Shipibo Bible school project where Marcos is a student. Thank you all for your generosity and prayers. They are working on building two classrooms

Al & Lori Lotz

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Our Ministry using Soccer

We use soccer as a way to gain acceptance and build relationships. We customize each trip to the needs and desires of the people but this clip has a good variety of different soccer-related events from a trip to Bolivia where we worked previously for many years. Part of this trip was in support of a new, first of its kind Christian based soccer academy in Bolivia, and part of it was outreach and street ministry using soccer.

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