Today was another great day on the campus meeting new guys in the cafeteria, on the basketball court, and during the evening sports time. I want to focus solely on an event that doesn’t come around often. Slade, one of my students from Salem where I was a youth pastor, is living with my family this summer and helping me on the campus. Tonight, we were with some of our team-mates playing soccer up on the roof of a parking deck when I noticed that I didn’t see Slade. I wasn’t worried, I just wanted to see where he was. My team had been playing and during that time Slade went down to play soccer on the large field where there were more students. When my team lost I went down to play also. While I was waiting to see what team I could get on to play the next round, I saw a good opportunity to play ta-kraw with some of the guys. It was getting dark so all the games were coming to an end. I went over to where Slade was to talk with him and the soccer players. OK, here is where the excitement begins. One guy named Lam told me to tell Slade that two other guys want to race him in a 100 meter race. I laughed, told Slade, and the race was on. They flew across the field and everyone was cheering. After the race, they did what we always want to see happen. They invited us to do something. Normally we are always inviting students to do things. They invited us to come sit with them in front of the 7-11 and drink coke with them. We met them there and shared two large cokes with them that were poured out into two large sandwich bags. Each guy got his own straw and we passed the “peace” coke bag around. This may not seem all that big to others, but I know this was huge and I can’t wait to see how God uses this breakthrough into a group for his glory over the rest of the summer and year.
soccer, coke in a bag, and purpose