Funtastic Day 2 of Wadi Sports Camp!

So as the 2nd full day of camp comes to a close, there were many new memories and awesome experiences that I would like to share with y’all. But before I do, I would just like to give some background about myself. My name is Shelby Tse, and I am 22 years old. I just graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelors in Economics. Throughout my time at the university, I was part of a ministry called Epic Movement, which focused on missions and outreach. It opened my eyes to how hurt the world is and how much we need Jesus. It made me rethink a lot about how I have been reaching out to others in my own life and I realized I was not very intentional with my words and my actions. Going into my last semester of college, I took another volleyball class with Geoff, and he sent out an email offering an opportunity to go on missions and teach sports to kids. After I saw this, I knew that I had to go on this trip since I have been immersed in sports as far as I can remember. So I began to pray about it, and I contacted Geoff soon after. He soon responded for us to meet, and after our meeting I felt pretty positive that I would be going on this trip. I got confirmation a month or two later after finishing up the applications; and so that is how I got to be part of this awesome journey.

Going back to the 2nd day of camp, we started the day off with our majors. I was teaching volleyball, and it was great being able to see the kids again. The kids came to volleyball with a lot of excitement and energy and we were able to translate that energy onto the court. We practiced different passing drills today and played several games and had them challenge each other. The kids favorite part of the class is being in competition with each other and you can just see the competitive energy and the excitement flowing out of them.

After breakfast, we had a really cool event called, “Legends”, and that is where we have different events for the campers based on different legends in sports. The different legends we had were, Carl Lewis, Usain Bolt, Lionel Messi, Albert Einstein, and Robin Hood. The events were themes based on the legends sports background. I worked the Usain Bolt event, and within the event, we had 100m dash, 600m run, a walk race, discus throw, and long jump. We had a few of the campers from the whole camp and we split them up into four groups, and they competed against each other within their groups. So this gave many opportunities for every camper to win at least something, as there was a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each event.

Later on in the day, we had something called pool time which is just where the whole camp just relaxes around or in the pool. We went to our second major of volleyball of the day late in the afternoon, but instead of playing volleyball this period, we went to do the ropes course instead. The campers had a great time climbing ropes and doing the zip line. We hosted sessions again after, and I reffed a volleyball game, that had quite a climatic finish. I had to improvise the volleyball game to nuke’em, which is a game where you try to get the other team out by throwing the ball back and forth to each other and you get out if you fail to catch the ball. The match was the best of 3 sets, and they got to the 3rd set and one team had 1 girl left while the other had 3 girls. The 1 girl stood her ground and was able to get the other 3 girls out and close out the match.

After dinner, the campers participated in an event called National Treasure 2, and they had to solve riddles and end up building a boat that can support one person in the pool as they try to obtain a treasure map that is in the middle of the pool. Everyone won chocolate and the first place team got a neat little key chain that had part of the boat’s material. We ended the day with a slideshow of pictures of the campers throughout the day during the activities.

All in all, the 2nd day of camp was very much a success. The team ended in high spirits despite being a little physically tired. The team and I look forward to our day tomorrow as we head into a full day of different sporting competitions between campers vs campers, and counselors vs campers. I would like to ask if y’all could pray for us to have energy tomorrow and avoid injuries, but most importantly to remember to put Jesus first even as we are in competition. Thank you so much for your support, and I hope that y’all will have a blessed day.

For His Glory,

Shelby Tse

Red River Ministries

Wadi Sports Camp

Wadi Sports Camp Day 1 – Hunter Ruffin

After being let go from my first full time teaching position, I was uncertain as to what I was being called to do and if I needed to stay home and take care of my family. As I prayed, asking God for guidance, I was quickly provided an answer in the form of a great family of coaches at a new school willing to give me, an inexperienced coach, a chance to not only provide for my family but also work with my schedule allowing me to serve on this trip. As I continued to pray, talk to my amazing wife, and receive generous support, I was no longer uncertain about what to do, and now I’m here.

Today was the first day of W-4. While camp was saying goodbye to the previous term, Janae and I sat on the roof of the hotel and planned out our tennis classes for the week. Then shortly after lunch some things got moved around and I ended up coaching Ultimate instead. We welcomed the kids around 12:30 and watched some hilarious skits that the leadership team put together to pump up the kids and teach some rules. Hercules, The Little Mermaid, and Uptown Funk, all got an Arab remix.

At 4:30 I get to my first Ultimate Major, and I get to work with a young Egyptian dentist named Manuel. He has an Ultimate team back in Alexandria, and he is trying to bring the sport to Egypt. He was so happy to be working with me and will hopefully become a close friend. We taught the kids backhands today, which we will probably go over again tomorrow. They progressed well and were really excited to learn and try to perfect their throws. Their persistence is very encouraging.

After Ultimate, Scott and I umpired a cabin competition baseball game. The kids were eager to learn the rules the right way and were very competitive. With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the last inning there was a man on third and 2 outs.  The batter hit a ground ball and instead of getting the out at first they forced the play at the plate. The runner slid under the tag, safe, and the game was over. It was a very exciting end to a game that can at times be so confusing and difficult to process.

After cabin competitions we had dinner then a big game of WarBall, which I’m sure Scott mentioned already. High intensity dodgeball with the entire camp. Then we went to the great hall for a picture slide show, recapping the day, and a goodnight song.

I have been truly blessed with this opportunity to teach and to learn. These kids are so open and willing to try new things. The director says it is easy for us to reach them because we are Americans, and I didn’t realize how much weight that carries in their eyes. God is doing amazing things here and we continue to need your prayers here to do as much good as we can.

Thank you,

Hunter Ruffin

Red River Ministries

Wadi Sports Camp

blog post : Scott Callen Wadi Sports Camp

I was able to attend this wonderful camp as a coach through a number of events, one that involved a car crash in January of 2015. My car was totaled, but the passenger and myself were ok. This may seem like an odd way to start this, but Im fairly certain that if that wouldn’t have happened I would not have been able to make the trip. After the crash I received a small settlement and used some of it to pay my way. I got a new job and was contacted about the trip at about the same time. The end of the contract and the time of the trip lined up perfectly. After, making the decision to go to Egypt, I was offered a new position which I wanted very much, but at the time it was uncertain if they would be able to accommodate me for my prior plans. I ended up getting the new position and they decided to accommodate for my trip as well. There is no doubt that God has opened and closed doors for me in the last 7 months.

I have wanted to go on a mission trip for many years now. I am 24 years old and this is my first experience making a trip with such a degree of importance to me. I have loved baseball from a young age, and was blessed by being born into a family that taught me about Christ. I believe that this trip, in a sense, is an enactment of Gods love and will. For me to be able to live out his will in this way, and introducing a sport to the mix is really a dream come true. If I could do this the rest of my life I would.

Today, July 19th was our first day experiencing a full day of camp. I woke up at 7;30 and the sun seemed to be working just fine as i opened the shades. We made our way to Majors, where campers practice and play the sport they have selected. Gregg and I are coaching baseball, and today Hunter joined us. We warmed up playing some catch and the campers watched intently. They laughed and smiled, and one boy imitated us with a graceful bare hand diving catch. We set up a couple hit always which are basically a ball tied to a pole that spins around so it can be struck repeatedly. It was hard knowing when to switch the kids out because you really want to spend time with them but so many want to try. Just like that my first experience teaching baseball to kids at WSC was over. Much too quickly, but i remember the smiles and high fives all together. We had breakfast and I put two pieces of what look like a pita style bread in my pocket. The campers had a little dance party to a song that i’m pretty sure was from Mulan. We met as a team afterwards and Geoff spoke to us about preparations and tied it all in with a couple verses from Mark chapter 1. We then took some time to ourselves to pray or whatever we felt was necessary to prepare for the week.

After we watched a competition called Men and Women of Wadi where boys compete against boys and girls against girls in a swim/run. After, we had a pool party where we all had fun throwing balls around and talking with the kids. We had one more major time, and dinner. At the end of the evening there was a game of “War Ball” where basically the whole camp, girls and boys split, play dodge ball. The intensity level here during sports is quite high, and i enjoy every second. I love seeing the competition and will to play the best they can.

I really loved my first day and will never forget it.

S.C.

Red River Ministries Goes to Egypt 2015

As the Red River Ministry Team embarks on journey of spreading God’s light and love throughout the country of Egypt, we would love to invite you to be part of the team. In order to keep you in the loop and equip you with an almost “out of country experience” while allowing you to remain in the country, each member of our team will be posting a daily blog depicting the crazy, unique, and amazing adventures that occur each day. The first thing we wish to do before updating you about our trip is to voice our thanks and gratitude for your help in actively praying for our trip. While we know that God does not call each of us to go in person to other countries, rather we work and function as one unit, a Christian body, with Christ at the head and each body part has a meaningful and separate duty. We feel that you are just as present as we are in this exciting adventure and want to say thank you for your willingness to serve. The majority of our posts will be associated with our time serving at Wadi Sports Camp as coaches. Feel free to join the mission or give us a shout out on twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #RRMTeamWadiSports.

I will begin this journey where all good stories begin… at the beginning. RRM Team met at the DFW airport at ten in the morning on Thursday, July 16 to fly to Cairo, Egypt. We flew for 15 hours and landed in Dubai, where we had a short lay-over. After this, we had a 5 hour flight into Cairo, Egypt. Tired from long hours of sitting on an airplane yet filled with excitement to begin our journey we have been preparing for, the RRM team joyously grabbed our luggage, went through customs, and tightly squeezed our group of twelve into a small van. There to aid us with our travels from the airport to the hotel was our Egyptian friend Merna and her driver. After a twenty minute drive, our team arrived at the hotel Flamenco positioned along the Nile River in between Cairo and Giza. Once we unpacked and freshened up, Merna took us to an Egyptian style of Chilis restaurant overlooking the Nile and many extravagant party boats celebrating Felouka.

After eating breakfast at the hotel we got on our bus and headed to Old Giza to visit the Pyramids. This is an amazing site because the men who build the pyramids did not have the tools we have today. The granite stones are about 6 foot by 4 foot and some are even larger. Some of the team members rode camels around the pyramids with local Egyptian leading the way. These unique camels were named in memory of famous US characters such as Mickey Mouse,  Michael Jordan, and Bob Marley. Finally we went down the hill to see the Sphinx and took pictures pretending to kiss it. We then headed to Garbage City where Egyptians sort garbage from Cairo. This town called Manshiyat Naser depends on the trash collected from Cairo to make money by recycling what they can. This district is known for a large population of Coptic Christians. By the mountain side in Garbage City there is a church called Virgin Mary and St. Simon The Tanner Cathedral also know as The Cave Church. This church is beautiful and was cleaned out by local trash collectors and they discovered a manifestation of the Virgin Mary carved out in the stone. Under this carving they have an alter and built 20,000 seats which makes it the largest church in Egypt. There are multiple cave churches in Egypt but this one is the most impressive with carvings all around the caves.

As an ending of our day, we traveled an hour West of Cairo to the Wadi Sports Camp. We hope to daily keep you posted with a new member of our team posting each day. Thank you again for your prayers and God bless. For more information on Red River Ministries or Wadi Sports Camp click on the name to direct you to their websites.

Sincerely,

Hayden Rich and Alfonso Garza

The Great Pyramids of Giza Cave Church Carving outside Cave Church Wadi Sports Camp