This past week the Huntington University men’s soccer program had the opportunity to travel to Tampa, Florida on a short-term mission trip. Three coaches and twenty-one players representing five different countries and six states gathered for the first time with a willingness to serve in the hot south.
The team volunteered at three local churches and partnered with the YMCA for another outreach. “Whether it was renovating a playground for the Haitian children, volunteering for Elder Link of Tampa, laying fifteen pallets of sod, or running a soccer clinic, we were truly blessed by our time spent in Florida,” said Coach Lawson. “Not only were the churches, organizations and individuals blessed, but we immediately felt the blessings as well. Others local companies, churches, and families unexpectedly jumped on board with us with such generosity that it can only be explained by God and His love for His people. It was overwhelming.”
Another byproduct that came as a result of the trip was the unity the team developed. “The men came together as a team; they didn’t shy away from hard work under extreme heat and we all witnessed God’s power as He moved us and others to serve,” stated Coach Russ Lawson. “This was a fabulous opportunity for us all, a journey filled with many memories that I am sure will last a lifetime.”