While we faced exhaustion from the cumulative activity of the ten day trip, the Surge women’s soccer team ended with a friendly match against a local club in Salzburg. The tiredness showed itself in our “first touches” but the girls still hung on to make the match competitive and interesting. Unfortunately we lost the game, but more importantly we won the team.
Friendly match with the Afghanistan refugee team. It was far more than a friendly match in that it continues to build positive relationships all around. It was cool to see the women sing a song of praise after losing the game and even more cool to see the men respond with one of their favorite songs. Read More
Another highlight was getting to see the professional Red Bull match where they won the game with a single goal in the final seconds of extra time. It also happened to be their planned day of celebration winning the league. We enjoyed the event with the Afghanistan team which made it extra special. Read More
So thankful we could invite them in for a program including this skit and snacks. The effort was in support of a new center for Outstretched Hands of Romania in one of the poorest communities of Călăraşi. It was especially meaningful to see the children respond to this love shown to them.
Check out a series of videos from the day. Read More
We were able to get in free to watch the last 20 minutes or so of the soccer game in the Călăraşi stadium. Interestingly enough this is where the Houghton soccer team painted curbs two years ago on the previous trip. You can see some of the curb in the picture. The home team recently promoted to first division won this match 2-0. Needless to say we are having fun!
Enjoying the kids at a church plant in the village Chiselet. I was told that 80% of these kids are on their own as parents are absent or working away – in some cases in other countries. The only meal some will get is what the church offers. Several made professions of faith as a result of the girls program of song, skit and life stories.
Arrived crazy tired with jet lag in Romania and stopped at mall to get lunch (KFC)
Arrived at Hope Center in Calarasi. Even though we were jet lagged we had a delicious supper and an hour of games with the kids from the community. We will be back here all day on Tuesday with the girls ending with “girls night”. The men will be leaving to meet with OH team leaders and Nicki Cruz staff.
Playing games with the community kids at Hope Center
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It was supposed to be a a one day soccer event for the orphans but Susie Irby, wife of Surge Founder Dave Irby saw so many needs that day in Tecate, Mexico that a week later she hopped into her car, strapped Nathan in his infant car seat, loaded up the car with groceries and headed back to Mexico; thus beginning what has amounted to a 24 year (and counting) endearing partnership with the Rancho San Juan Bosco Orphanage.
As families who live in Mexico and Central America move northward in search of an escape from poverty, some children – many of them boys – are abandoned by their families. Other children are removed from their homes by Mexican government officials for their own safety. Finally, there are children who are truly orphaned: both of their parents are deceased. Although some separations between children and parents are temporary, some are permanent. Regardless, many Hispanic and Latino children are in need of shelter. Organized over twenty-four years ago, the Rancho San Juan Bosco (RSJB) orphanage sits on approximately three acres of land on the western edge of Tecate, Mexico. (Tecate is located on the U.S./Mexico border.) RSJB was established for boys, but now also host girls. RSJB can accommodate up to forty children ranging from ages four to seventeen. Expansion plans are
underway to increase their capacity to eighty children, including infants.
Run by a director and staff members dedicated to helping abandoned and abused children in Tecate. Used to
rehabilitate street children and reunite them with any existing family members or a new family.
Providing Christ-centered stability in the lives of children by teaching them about the love of a heavenly father who will never abandon them.
Providing educational and life-skills opportunities.
Occupying a vision for expanding this project to include more children as the budget provides.
OVER 1,000 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN CARED FOR BY THE RSJB ORPHANAGE
RSJB is not supported by the Mexican government nor is it affiliated with any national denomination or church group. Therefore, RSJB is completely dependent upon the generosity of others, both locally and in the U.S., to sustain the lives of these children.
Surge Soccer wants you and/or your group to help!
Surge International’s involvement began in 1995 when Dave Irby was speaking at a mission conference in Temecula, CA. He was invited to conduct a soccer clinic for the orphanage. After one clinic Susie Irby began spearheading a monthly trip to bring food and supplies. Surge’s main goal has always been to invite others to catch the vision and help on a one-time or regular basis.
Likius Hafeni joined the Surge International Board in the Spring of 2018. He is from Mariental, Namibia. When I was in middle school a group of young people
from Youth for Christ, Namibia came to our school and taught us about Christ. Read More
Three years ago Surge enjoyed a trip with Houghton women soccer players as part of a missions class. Half of the trip was with Outstretched Hands of Romania and the other half with our work in Austria with the refugees. Once again I have the privilege of leading the mission class group for a repeat trip. In Romania we will be engaging with many children from orphanages and communities where poverty is an obstacle but where Open Hands is present and meeting many needs.
"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination." - Nelson Mandela