Sunday, November 30, 2008

Linda's WildFire catch-up - June football tournament

England somehow failed to be a part of the European Cup this year, but Jonathan and I loved our taste of the KKi Euro-Cup.

Four years ago a Europe-wide King’s Kids football tournament hosted teams from just two nations, Sweden and England! This year, on a sunny June weekend, we built on that foundation with teams from Holland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, all over England and even South America (via London!). The idea was for football-mad young people (boys and girls) to get together with their non-Christian friends and enter a team. The weekend was mostly about the matches but with added bonfires, camping, devotionals, barbeques and chill-out late nights. The tournament was a collaboration between different KKi and YWAM leaders around Europe, and came together very smoothly in Harpenden, just north of London.

We are excited about the massive potential of reaching and discipling young people through sport – it speaks a language that captivates and resonates with so many. We are looking forward to seeing more of the same happen on a local and international level. In March 2009 we plan to take our Team to Edinburgh and in May to Malaga, Spain.

Oh, by the way, our WildFire Nuneaton team won the 9-13 age group in the tournament (Jonathan was a great defender), which made us all happy!

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