When working with an indigenous people group one must be prepared for unexpected events. Such was the case for me on this last trip to Peru.
With the inauguration of the school of theology I was teaching an in-depth study of the first 5 chapters of Genesis which includes the first mention of God’s teaching concerning marriage. This led to a number of good questions and discussion with my students. Obviously God was at work convicting hearts of these believers who were raising families under common law marriages.
The church is new and the pastor had not yet performed a religious wedding ceremony so I was asked to perform the ceremony. On Saturday, after the course was completed, I was privileged to officiate a four couple wedding ceremony. The thought of doing this had never crossed my mind but it was indeed a blessing to take part in this step of obedience of these precious couples.
Al and Mike – a quick update from a river boat on trip to Pucallpa. Sunday they will officially open the Shipibo School of Theology in the jungle about 6 hours by boat from the tropical city of Pucallpa. View Video. Read More
I’m sitting here at the airport after some intense days of preparation for this trip to Peru. Sunday we will officially open the Shipibo school of theology in the jungle about 6 hours by boat from the tropical city of Pucallpa. The coursework will consist of one week of intense teaching four times a year for three years. I will begin the first section of an in depth study of the book of Genesis. Read More
Bree Williams is one of our Surge Global Ambassadors. A graduate of Biola University (La MIrada, California) she is a key leader in our soccer outreach to refugees in the Salzburg, Austria area. While she plays locally for a women’s team in Salzburg here she is in goal at our refugee Christmas tournament, the only female participant.
We have dozens of opportunities for you to get involved! Contact us directly and we can discuss further.
A few campaigns we’ve had include:
At the request of a church planting family we are assisting efforts to use soccer to build friendly relationships in Mongolia. Dugeree shares an amazing testimony of how he was rescued from alcoholism, trained and then challenged to plant churches in his home country. His passion to help young people led him to find an alternative from alcohol to sport activities. Due to his loss of limb from an industrial accident, he decided to kick a soccer ball with kids on the street. Loving the attention, the kids responded favorably and now several have returned to help him after gaining university degrees in education and sport careers. His vision includes planting 12 churches within the province. He says “soccer is the key to building relationships” with the youth.
Our 2012 trip focused on a seminar to train soccer coaches in Baruun Urt. It was well received and they invited us to return for more assistance In September, 2014 we were finally able to return to host a soccer camp for the kids. With coach Nathean, a group of local teachers and Priskilla, a visiting German soccer player we were able to put on a quality camp. One day, we were overwhelmed with 103 energized children so you can imagine the fun we had! Click on this video clip to see what I’m talking about. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm for soccer and it was very rewarding to share with them the “divine principles” that can serve to shape life. Expectations include yet at least one more trip to assist this work. Would you like to help?
Along with a great camp, soccer gear was donated to assist the development of the club and also soccer boots for the kids that are not able to purchase them. Many thanks to Nathean who raised funds and gear to donate. Please visit his Facebook page “Soccer 4 Mongolia” for more details. And we welcome more participation to provide kids around the world the resources to play this the beautiful game as they develop healthy bodies. Click on the “donate now” button above and also see our “Kones for Kids” program yet under development.
See an old world through new eyes!
Mongolians are friendly, industrious and hospitable. Sparsely populated, their nation is a vast expanse of countryside including grassland, mountains and desert. The towns are far and few between and the historical dwelling, the yurt are seen in the middle of nowhere and often with no neighbors in sight. For a genuine taste of cultural, sample their homemade horse-milk beer!
In partnership with the Aztec Washer company, Surge International has launched a new program for helping kids around the world. Many of the places we travel have very little soccer gear, equipment and often have no real playing field. These new “kones” are durably built to hold up under the most rugged circumstances and they are heavier than plastic cones so they don’t get blown away either. A few “kones” will mark out a playing field, where there isn’t one and create goals where there are none. Add a ball and the magic of the beautiful game is underway, bringing smiles to all. Check out more details of the project by clicking the k4k project.
Along with medical clinics the main focus of the week in the jungle was to continue a construction project for the new Bible school for training lay pastors. Rain, mud, bugs, heat and humidity are good descriptive words for the days of work, but it was well worth the effort as this building is now ready for use. There are some other projects still planned to be fully functional, like an attached kitchen area but it is great to see the progress.
Even though Surge is a small non profit organization your votes had a loud voice and placed us second in the recent video competition. More importantly, sharing the message of this video concerning the needs, and opportunities in Burundi and the impact we can have together is inspiring. Pleased take a look if you have not already by clicking: Burundi 1015