As she looked out over the beautiful green trees and expansive soccer fields surrounding her, Elisa couldn't help but laugh. She grew up on this very property, but it hasn't always been the thriving ministry it is today. Back then, "it looked nothing like what it looks like now. We didn't even have doors!" she recalled.
Some of you, especially World Cup fans, may have watched the global news with bated breath as 12 trapped soccer players were rescued from flooded, twisted cave passages in Thailand. This crisis hit close to home, as some of the affected children were from communities very similar to those we serve. My family has visited this cave, and our team has served communities in this area for decades.
When Omar hears the stories of the children he works with in the Saved by Soccer program, he is truly amazed at how far some of them have come. "In comparison, I had a beautiful childhood. Thank goodness, I didn't have such complicated situations as some of these kids," he said. Still, his passion for soccer and professional success allows him to connect with the participants in a meaningful way.