As I type this blog, in just less than one month I will be on a plane that has just landed in Port Au Prince Haiti with the Women’s Soccer team from Cornerstone U. We will be traveling to Damou Mission just outside of Jacmel Haiti, a place that is near and dear to my heart. Our team will be serving in a variety of ways, from soccer camp to VBS bible lessons, to home visits, women’s programs and more. I am so excited to be able to introduce this team to the mission of Damou and the people there! I was able to have a great meeting with Jessica Eugene, one of the Damou Haiti Directors this week, to plan out the trip and hear about all the exciting happenings going on at Damou. I have been working closely with Cornerstone campus ministry, the soccer coach and specifically the team captains who dreamed up this trip, to plan and develop this trip to go and serve the people in Haiti to kick off their fall season!. There are future international trips not finalized yet, but in the works for the fall, January (possible teacher education students) and next spring/summer with other teams and student groups. I will share more details on these as they take form.
Along with international trips, plans are underway to continue trips to MACC Development Mission in Detroit’s 48214 section. It is amazing to see the work being done there by such a selfless team of individuals that are striving for unity through the Gospel in their neighborhood! We are excited to partner with them this upcoming year in sports and housing ministry (and whatever other needs arise) in this coming school year as we develop a variety of college student teams to go and learn discipleship through service.
To do such trips above, the key and focus is local discipleship within the college community! We are continuing to expand our discipleship opportunities on the Campus of Cornerstone, and we are expanding to Grand Valley State University students as well. We have also taking students from NorthPointe Christian High School and look to expand are impact there. We will be starting a Bible study/micro church at Cornerstone this fall and leading leaders to do the same at Grand Valley.
Thank you so much for all of you who have prayed for us, came and joined us at times on Detroit trips, and provided funds to enable us to do this ministry. We couldn’t do this or think to expand it without the support. We currently have raised near $5000 and our goal is $10,000 per year to cover all costs. Support can be mailed or done online and you can find all that information right here on our website, www.FriendshipSports.net/Wallace.
If you are specifically interested in helping with the Haiti Trip, you can specify that on the donate page. We are also in need of items to take and leave per the missions request. These items are,
~ Large check in suitcases
~ towels (wash clothes, hand towels and bath towels)
~4 shower heads
~ jump ropes
There will be collections at the Arcadia Christian Church in Indiana, and here at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids if you would like to donate. Indiana Donations are being set up by Jessica Eugene, and you can contact Brian Grinstead at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Please pray for us this month as we prepare for the trip. Pray for Haiti. The recent political unrest and rioting create such a challenge for so many. Pray for peace and stability in the days ahead and for those we will serve in Jacmel to see Jesus through us!
Facebook users: We will be posting one Facebook throughout the trip if you are interested in following: