January, several members of the current men's soccer team at CU will head down
to the Dominican Republic to work and serve among the people of this beautiful nation.
They will be involved in helping to meet the educational, physical, and
spiritual needs of a growing community in the DR. They will specifically
be spending their time doing physical labor in the expansion of a growing
Christian school, playing soccer matches and holding soccer clinics for area
students, loving children, and sharing the story of how God has changed their
lives with the people they meet. They are excited to serve, to use their
athletic gifts as ministry tools, and to build relationships with the people of
the Dominican Republic. The team will also include coaches and alumni
from the CU soccer program. They are excited to see the impact this trip
will have on their lives and would covet your prayers for their trip.
Team members will be providing trip updates at this website:
The members of the men's soccer
returned from the Dominican. Chip Huber, Dean of Student Engagement,
accompanied the team on the trip and chronicled our time there on his blog. The
entire trip can be found at http://chiphuber.blogspot.com/. Thank you to all the families and
friends that made the donations and making this trip possible.
Day 2. "It was probably
the hardest labor I have had to do and yet it was the most enjoyable. It's
funny because I thought the day would never come where I would actually have
fun working! After lunch we went on a walk through one of the villages. What I
saw was unexplainable. These people literally have nothing but the clothes on
their back and yet every single person seemed to be very joyful in a way that
you do not see in America. When walking through, I saw a little girl off in the
distance staring at me but seemed to be too shy to approach. I walked up to her
and handed her a lady bug beanie baby, and the expression of this little girl
gave me shivers down my spine. To us a beanie baby means nothing and most of us
wouldn't even want it, but to this girl it was like she just got a brand new
car. The truth is at that moment I don't know who was happier, that little girl
or me. The feeling of giving and helping the needy is an amazing feeling that I
think has changed my life. The Dominicans know what really matters in life.
They are so content with what they have. They value and love one another like
nothing I have ever seen. I came on this trip because I have a heart for the
needy, and the least I can do is sacrifice a week of my life to help change the
Dominicans lives, but really it's the Dominicans who are changing mine.
Sophomore Zac Tolsma
Day 3: "Today we got to
play in a 4 team soccer tournament in Santo Domingo at the University of Unhfu.
Our first match was against Rolando Bauger, a club team consisting of mainly 17
and 18 year olds and we demonstrated grace by getting beat 4-0. Our second
match was against the other team in the losers bracket, the University of Oym.
They scored a quick goal in the first half which is the way the game ended. We
had the opportunity to interact with the team members from the DR, by praying
with them and Ian Grotenhuis shared a bit of why we're here. He explained that
we are here to not only play soccer but our passion for the game is trumped by
the compassion for God's people that has brought us here…Senior Dave DeBoer
Day 4: We had a
new crew of kids for our soccer clinic in the afternoon and then played a final
soccer match against a local Haitian team...the CU team scored several goals
and enjoyed a win in the DR...it was exciting to see how soccer allowed a new
group of people that often struggle in the community for relationship and
acceptance as people from another country...they will now be connected to the
local church and Christian community we have worked with...the power of our
sport that the world loves to serve as a vehicle for sharing the Gospel has
impressed us all once again, and we've loved using dribble moves, through ball
passes, and shots on goal to build relationships and point others to the most
important relationship in our lives...Chip Huber-Dean of Student Engagement at