It has been a long time coming but finally Vida y Luz has a basketball and soccer court on the school campus. For years, the kids have been playing in the dirt soccer and they had no exposure to basketball. But the school raised the money with several fund raisers over the years and with a final generous gift, the school was able to finish building the cement court. The project started in January and just recently in October we were able to finish by putting up the new basketball hoops.
It is interesting how these hoops were made. We couldn’t just go to a home improvement store or buy them from a supermarket of some kind. They had to be built by hand by a metal specialist. Then after the man built them we shipped them to the school on back of this old truck.
But the kids have loved the new hoops and it has been a real blessing. When the truck arrived at the school the kids were jumping up and down like it was Christmas cheering. While the Chicago team was in Sucre, I was able to try it out myself. If you didn’t know, I’m a big basketball fan and enjoy playing. I hadn’t played 4-on-4 since I was last on furlough in the States. So I was able to play a bit with the brothers from Chicago which really blessed my heart.
The hoops have wheels on them so that we can be moved and the soccer nets can be set up. We haven’t been able to complete two things. One the court needs to be painted and two we haven’t been able to paint and clean the soccer nets. These are the last two details but the court is in use every school day. The the kids love it. They have enjoyed being able to play and there are hopes of having a basketball team one day. For now, it’s amazing to see this dream come to fruition and see kids coming together and playing on the court. We know this court will be used for the Kingdom and we are blessed to have been a part of the process of bringing this to Vida y Luz.