Saturday, August 31, 2013

We Have Water!!!!!

I never thought I would be so excited to share a post, even though it's a few weeks late due to internet and electrical issues. Yes, we finally have a new bore hole. It's something we have been praying for and waiting on for over 2 years. Since our arrival we have really been rationing water, going through periods of very low or no water levels. At the same time we have been trying to expand our number of resident students. Not enough water and more students don't go together.

Thanks again to our friends at Africa Directo and "C.A.M." The Community of Madrid for providing us with the funds for this project. I, for one, will never take water for granted again.

The moment we strike water!

The kids here always come out for a good show

Our students are very thankful

The crowd grows by the minute

Two new 5,000 liter tanks were installed

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Futebol Rules

Futebol "Soccer" indeed rules the day here in Amatongas, especially on the weekends. It has become even difficult for me, an American Football loving fanatic as most of you know, to use the term "Soccer" when the rest of the world has a different name.

Since our arrival in Amatongas, just over 2 1/2 years now, our community of brothers has been sponsoring the Futebol Championship Tournament for all the young people in the area. What that really means is we pay the referees and buy the awards at the end of the year. Hundreds of people of all ages come out to see the very competitive games every Saturday and Sunday afternoons for months.

Our resident students also have a team coached by our own Br. Angel and managed by Br. Fabian. Their name is Corazonistas United and even have new uniforms from Spain now.

Thankfully, when our Canadian volunteers were here Maria got some great pictures of the action.

Coach Br. Angel in a calm moment watching the action

Fans enjoying sugar cane while viewing the game

Fans surround the field

After each goal is scored everyone rushes the field, everyone

We are all enjoying new nets brought from Canada.
Here shoes are removed before playing the game.

This is a serious game, make no mistake.

And the refs here are always right

Two resident students serving as water boys
obviously watching the game intensely