Supesta participated in their first tournament in a few years. Only the players age 12 and under were allowed to participate in this tournament. Games were played every Saturday for four weeks. Some weeks we played two games in one Saturday afternoon. We ended with two losses and four ties, and were unfortunately eliminated early on. However, we told the players that they should not be disappointed, because they did not lose the majority of their games. We also continue to sit them down at the end of each game or practice and hand out a strip of paper with a bible verse on it, which we go over with them. Over Christmas break we took a break from soccer and are hoping to start back up in January. We told the kids this, but nonetheless, when I visited the school building one Saturday afternoon, there were about 12 boys waiting for the bus to take them to soccer. We let them play in the school yard for a bit and let them know that the team was on break. I am also happy to announce that an organization in the UK called Kits for Causes is sending 40 cleats and 40 pairs of shin guards for our players!
In October, Wyclef Jean did a concert at a hotel in the area. If you don't know, he is a Haitian American music artist who has supported quite a lot of education and development efforts in Haiti. We desparately wanted to get his attention but had trouble getting an inn. After soccer practice on the day of concert, we drove to the hotel where he would be playing, to try to get the guards' attention even more. They said he had not yet arrived, but would let any of his staff know that an entire soccer team had come to see him. We ended up sending our coach to the concert, finding a very cheap ticket, with several copies of the attached flyer. He actually got the chance to hand one directly to Wyclef as he passed through the crowd, but we never did hear from him. However, the verse we went over that day was:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. - Matthew 7:7
And in Haitian Creole:
Mande, y'a ban nou. Chache, n'a jwenn. Frape, y'a louvri pou nou. - Matye 7:7
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