What better way to have fun and connect two villages we’re serving, than to serve up a friendly competition of football (American soccer)?
We arranged for this fun day of football between two villages we’re serving in here in east Ethiopia — Garmaam and Megaladi. Megaladi had home field advantage.
We played with the kids from Megaladi while we waited for the Garmaam team to arrive. When they did, we handed out uniforms we’d purchased for all the players (perspective: it’s now probably the only other clothes they have). Then the young men, with extra enthusiasm, battled it out in friendly fun.
It was a hot day, but the great energy and play was refreshing for everyone.
Oh, and the score? Garmaam won 2-0. But we gave game balls to BOTH villages to take home, giving them many more hours of fun back in their village.