We went back to the field today…the football field has become a mission field. We didn’t have as many children come for our pick up game today. The weather may have had something to do with it: the rain clouds were threatening and Kenyans are bundled in sweaters and coats when it reaches 70 degrees. But most likely the lack of children was due to the director of an Anglican church school across the street came to talk with us. We discovered that the field is owned by the church and school, and they were curious what the strangers were doing on their field. We explained that a neighbor boy had actually invited us to come back to play more games, and we didn’t realize the property required permission to use. The director was very kind and welcomed us to continue playing, and he actually gave us permission to use it during the rest of our visit. He also accepted a tract. Yea! Sadly though he sent children back to class which meant that yesterday some of the children who came were ditching class to play with us. Oops. But it made us smile a little bit. Children in units 7-8 (junior high in America) are in school on some days from 6 in the morning until 8 at night. When we heard how long their school day was, we understood the desire to do some ditching.
Despite those minor hiccups in our day, we still had at least ten other children there. Steve was able to share the gospel in its entirety to two of the college-age guys there. Sam was one of them, and he said that he went home yesterday and read the entire tract we gave him. Today, after the pick up game ended, Steve was able to talk through the gospel with him. We will continue to pray for opportunities to see and talk with Sam. The other student that Steve talked to did a lot of listening, but didn’t fully understand so we are hoping he, too, will go home and read the tract. He told us his name, but we have no idea how to spell it. God knows his name so at least we can pray to God for him.
We also discovered that the teachers run and exercise together on the field every Tuesday so we talked with them before their run. After their run (which was after our pick up game), we talked some more with them and gave them tracts. God didn’t give us the group of children we were hoping for, but He sent others our way. We are thankful for those opportunities and that a simple soccer ball could give us so many opportunities.