Soccer fun day for refugee children in Odessa Ukraine

02 Feb, 2016 | Ukraine
OM International
Soccer fun day for Refugee children in Odessa Ukraine
On the 3rd of January 2016, OM Odessa held a “soccer-day” for refugee children. A sudden drop in temperature caught everyone by surprise and in -15 degrees, the bus would not start forcing the team to quickly reorganize the use of public transport. The day however was a great success even though only 13 boys attended. Warm-ups, training exercises and a mini soccer tournament between teams for two hours were not nearly enough to tire out the boys.

What was really wonderful for the OM team was the way that the members of the new “Lighthouse” soccer club for orphanage graduates: Anton, Andrey and Vasya, rose to the occasion. They played, entertained, and took charge of the competitions for the children. Young men, ready to take responsibility, serious sportsmen who could be trusted with the children. On the other hand they could also take part and be able to hear something more of the Gospel.

At the end of the day there was a prize giving ceremony, where the team was able – thanks to “Samaratin’s Purse” – to give each of the children a gift box. OM Missionary, Stefan van der Merwe, shared from the Word of God about the principle of “Being a winner”.  They day ended with a festive lunch at OM’s new offices.

The question on everyone’s lips were, “When are you going to invite us for such a soccer day again?” Plans are, to have another meeting with these refugee kids in February.

There children especially needed to hear that they are loved and that God will not let them down – even in these difficult days in their lives! Praise God for choosing these children and allowing the OM team to get to know them a little. Everybody is looking forward to the next time they meet!

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