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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May 2020 Update from Dave Irby

“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”

You probably remember that game we played as children – “Simon says….”

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“Be anxious for nothing…” – update from Dave

We appreciate your prayers during this time when all of our travel and projects have been postponed. We are using this time to adjust those plans and make future plans and stay in touch by phone, email, WhatsApp, Skype & FaceTime with our colleagues.

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Update from Al during Covid-19

“We are hunkered down for the time being trying to be wise with our health. Finding the balance of staying safe and helping others can be a challenge at times like this. I’m using the time to prepare lessons in Spanish for my next Peru trip that is scheduled for the end of May but that may have to be postponed depending on the two countries involved in transportation options. We pray for the whole situation that God will use this for His glory and then many will come to …

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Zambia postponed

Zambia trip postponed / Haiti trip could be too Surge founder Dave Irby was all set to join the Luis Palau Alliance for ❤️Zambia April 25-May 5. Due to the Corona virus the trip has been postponed. Irby said, “the postponement could work out well, as I will have more time to prepare, and hopefully recruit 2-4 people to travel with me.” Contact Dave for information @ dirby@surgesoccer.org. Surge’s Josh Westermann is still waiting to learn if his April trip to Haiti will be postponed. It has already been postponed …

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25th Anniversary Celebration of serving the orphans!

Our Match against Baja California Select (age 58+) is set for May 16th at 1:00 PM in Tecate. Party to follow. This is the 25th year that Surge Soccer has been affiliated and raising money for the San Juan Bosco Orphanage in Tecate. Many of you have joined us before and we look forward to a great time again this year.

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Al in Peru teaching

Check out the video … I was teaching outside one day in the shade of trees because it was so hot. You can’t tell how hot it was in the video! We are teaching the first half of John’s gospel and will follow up with the second half in May.

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