In January 2013, our children and youth helped FBCPA to raise $931 for soccer balls for children and youth in the villages of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Glen and Rita Chapman have been involved for 20 years in a rural pastoral training institution in Kikongo. The soccer balls were delivered via a PPC: a powered parachute which Glen uses to transport fragile audiovisual materials out to the villages. The Kikongo soccer team is shown at right:
The training school is being raised to the competitive level of a university and will begin with 3 majors: Theology, Agriculture, and Teacher Training. More than 60 men and women have already enrolled. (The parents of both Glen and Rita were classmates with the Hunwicks and the Fungs at BBDS/ABSW in 1950-51).
I’m delighted to be spending this summer working with our children, youth, and families here at First Baptist Church of Palo Alto. The older youth and I have already spent some time brainstorming possibilities for some fun events this summer. We’ve talked about movie nights, going to see a pro baseball or soccer game, visiting the zoo, and maybe an overnight lock‐in at the church. In the next week or two we’ll make some concrete plans, hoping we can arrange a few events that will fit into the busy schedules of our young people.
On Sunday mornings in July, the youth and I will be working through a few sessions of the re:form DVD series, focusing first on a series of conversations about the nature of the Bible. The questions we’ll be talking about will echo many of the same issues discussed in the adult spiritual formation sessions led by Corinna Guerrero in June.
As I mentioned in worship a few weeks ago, we are celebrating the reports we’ve received from ABC missionary Glen Chapman about his distribution of 60 soccer balls to youth and communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You will recall that our youth helped the church raise more than $900 in a special offering earlier this year to fund this effort.
Amid the “World Cup fever” that has captivated so many people this summer, it is wonderful to see the soccer connection made between our youth and other kids on the opposite side of the globe. I’m including a few of the pictures that Glen sent, but you really owe it to yourself to go on the Web and view the video of the powered parachute (PPC) that Glen has used to distribute the soccer balls and in his other missionary travels. You can find it by going to Glen’s page on the ABC‐USA’s International Ministries website or at this link: http://www.internationalministries.org/read/28124‐2‐years‐of‐flying‐the‐ppc‐in‐congo
I continue to be excited about the good things going on at First Baptist Church, especially among the great group of young people here. I wish each of you a peaceful and joyous summer.