From July 17-24, head basketball Coach Chris Moore and assistant coach Andrew Mitchell led a mission trip to Guatemala. The students who went were the juniors and seniors of the varsity basketball team. This is a trip that has been a tradition of the basketball program for many years. The coaches and players spent a week in Guatemala doing mission work, interacting with the adults and kids, sharing their testimonies, and playing basketball.
The first three days of the trip were spent in Guatemala City doing basketball clinics and playing games against high school and semi-professional league teams as well as one college team. The next three days were spent in the mountains at the childrens’ home, “Eagles’ Nest”, on Lake Atitlan. The final day of the trip was spent doing some sight-seeing and shopping in Antigua.
I asked Coach Moore what his favorite parts of the trip were. He said “Seeing our guys work together on construction projects at the childrens’ home and seeing them play and interact with the children at the schools and childrens’ home. Also the times we spent doing team meeting and Bible studies were a big part of the trip.”
So what makes this trip so special? Coach Moore says, “It is special because of the time we get to spend together as a team focusing on our development as a team and spiritual maturity. Our guys also get exposed to a new culture, new experiences, and get to serve the people of Guatemala in meaningful ways.”
So what makes this trip something the coaches and players want to continue? “Challenging young men to stretch themselves spiritually and socially,” says Coach Moore. “Being informed about how others live their daily lives and about what God is doing in other countries is a huge part of that development as a member of our community.”