Meet Our Costa Rica Team!

Meet our team traveling to Costa Rica!

Francesca Buchanan – Women’s Basketball
Julianna Burlet – Women’s Lacrosse
Luke Dreyer – Men’s Basketball
Madison Geers – Women’s Basketball
Hailey Houck – Softball
Sydney Jones – Softball
Heather Randall – Women’s Basketball
Hayley Reitsma – Softball
Cody Stuive – Men’s Basketball
Jack Thompson – Men’s Basketball
Matt VanDyken – Baseball

Trip Leaders:
Dean DuPree
Mike Kauffman
Courtney Kust
Melinda Larson

Zambia Team Calendar

We’re launching our SEED Zambia team next Tuesday, August 15!  While in Zambia, the group will partner with Poetice International and serve with their sports ministry.

We recognize that sport provides an opportunity for athletes to have a significant platform from which to influence others and we can’t wait to see how God uses the passion and talents of our Hope College student-athletes as we serve with Poetice.

Take a look at the team calendar to follow along with our trip!  

Zambia Team Calendar

Costa Rica Team Calendar

We’re excited to send out our SEED Costa Rica team on Tuesday, August 15 to serve alongside Push the Rock (PTR).  It is their mission to use global sports ministry to proclaim the life-changing message of Jesus Christ through the pursuit of excellence in sportsmanship and athletics.

View the team calendar for a glimpse of how Hope College student-athletes will utilize their passion for sport to share the love of Christ with individuals around the world over the next two weeks!

Costa Rica Team Calendar

SEED India Highlights

 

Check out a short recap of our first SEED trip to India!  It was great to partner with Sawyer and Audio Scripture Ministries to share God’s love through clean water and sports camps.

SEED India Highlights – May 2017

Two additional SEED teams will launch in August – one to Costa Rica and one to Zambia. Stay tuned to learn more about their travel plans and how we will continue to share our passions with people around the world!

Home again!

The India team safely returned to the US on Tuesday night after a great week of serving through sport and clean water.

Stay tuned for picture and video highlights in the coming weeks! Thanks for all of your prayers and support of our SEED India team.

Be Strong, Be True, Let’s Go Hope!

Albino Tigers and Albino People

By Alli and Elizabeth

Today was our last day on the ground in Bangalore, and JP and the other leaders had a special surprise planned for us. We got up extra early and drove to the other side of the city where we visited the Tiger Reserve and Zoo. With a personal safari bus holding all of us, we drove erratically through the herbivore exhibit, stopping for pictures of the giant water buffalo, Indian reindeer and Asian elephants. We then crossed a series of gates to the carnivore portion of the safari, looking incredulously at the animals only feet from our bus. We saw Black sloth bears (who looked more like dogs), a series of sleeping lions, and Bengal tigers. The highlight of this portion though was seeing the rare and endangered Albino tiger (pictures to come we promise).

After finishing the Jungle safari, we decided to explore the zoo portion of the reserve, walking past a herd of turtles, some Indian crocodiles and a herd of zebras. We also got to see the infamous king cobra, which is astonishingly large. We decided that this is certainly an animal that we were glad to have not seen while in Assam (it’s natural territory).

We were also laughing because, for all the crowds at the zoo, we had a significant number of people ask to take pictures of or with us. We made the joke that were one of the main attractions at the zoo that day- The rare white people.

These things were great, but the best part of the zoo may have been the monkeys roaming around. We had a chance to get so close to them that they almost jumped on us. The monkeys were running around wild, and not even an exhibit in the zoo!

After a long car ride home, and yet another great experience of the crazy traffic in in Indian, we went back to our rooms to rest and begin to pack. Some of us had the chance to tour World Cassette Outreach headquarters even more, looking at the studio, different bibles in the languages they have recorded, and a big meeting and chapel space.

For our final dinner we ate at an Indian/American restaurant. Some of us ended the trip with Indian dishes, Paratas, while others had pasta, or chicken sandwiches. We also had our last debrief, beginning to think of how we would share our stories as we return home from this amazing experience. We were able to discuss how God has worked in and around us throughout this trip, and how important it is to always remember the emotions that this trip provided for us. We also discussed Joshua and the rock altar, creating our own memory of God’s miracles by taking an Indian rock with us. It was an amazing way to end such an incredible trip.

As always, thank you for your prayers and support. We look forward to seeing you back in America!

A Day in the City

By Ashley and Matt

On Sunday morning we were able to attend JP’s parents church in the slums. The church service was held on the third story of someone’s home. It was a small service led by JP’s dad and translated by JP himself. After the service, we mingled with the congregation and drank tea. It was really fun to observe JP translate for his dad, as several of us noticed their unplanned choreography of hand motions and facial expressions. The similarities between the two of them were very clear.

For lunch, we went to an Indian buffet restaurant called Chutney Changs. This was enjoyed by all of our group, as well JP’s parents and brother James. The food was great, and there was a wide selection of Indian dishes for us to try. We were also blessed by an interesting rendition of Happy Birthday, sung by the restaurant staff to Scott, who also got a cake and some smoking mint palate cleaners.

The rest of the day was pretty laid back. We went back to WCOI for some rest, and then traveled back to commercial street to shop and explore the area some more. Throughout this, JP gave some motorcycle rides to us to giver us a different view of the city and the traffic. This was awesome, and it was fun to see JP in his element. Commercial street was very busy, but we all had a great time shopping and wandering deeper into the city of Bangalore. After we were done there, we headed back to WCOI for some tea, snacks, and story time from JP and James’ parents. Learning their faith journeys and life stories was really eye-opening to us. They are a great example for us to follow in Christ.

During our nightly discussion we talked about the impact the trip had on us thus far. It was great to open our hearts once again about the impact God has had on us while in India. We shared many laughs and tears as stories were shared about the past week.

Exploring Bangalore


Saturday Update:

By Abby and Jacob

The day started with another early morning wake up call, which left us heading to Guwahati just after 3am. Between falling in and out of sleep, looking for various animals, and not having to deal with as much traffic made for a smooth ride. The flight was quick and we were back in Bangalore by noon. However the ride into the city was not as smooth…Mid-day Saturday traffic was bumper to bumper, and the lack of lane usage in India was made well aware to us as our bus driver was determined to fit between the two lanes of traffic!

JP grew up in Bangalore and for the next few days we will be staying in guest rooms at the WCOI ministry facility, where his brother and parents also live. We spent the rest of the day getting a personal tour around the city. We started with an ice cream shop that was SO refreshing! JP then walked us down commercial street, which is a busy street full of stores to shop in! It’s almost comparable to Time Square but less bright and more chaotic. Commercial street consists of one main strip along with several side streets. There were also many street venders selling drums…lots and lots of drums…And they were determined to get the random white people to purchase them! Thanks to JP they eventually let us be!

Dinner involved one of JPs favorite restaurants where we loaded up on nan and got to try different types of curry dipping sauces. He also wanted us all to try this “life changing” cauliflower, which ended up being one of the BEST things I have ever eaten!

This day made me realized how blessed our team is to have JP! His excitement for showing us around the city he grew up in was contagious, and he is allowing us to get a complete picture of India! He also puts up with our endless questions, which has helped the whole group learn more about the beauty of India..and never fails to make us laugh! His personality and passion for India has made this trip so much more meaningful, and I’m so grateful that we get to share India with him!

-Abby

Today was cool because we got to see the opposite end of the spectrum as far as India is concerned. In the early hours of the morning we left tribal India and by the late hours of the night we were sleeping in the heart of the fifth largest city in India. This city is pretty much text book India. What I mean by that is it’s everything you would expect it to be. There’s tons of people, tons of traffic, and tons of…interesting smells. But there’s so much more than just what get for face value. So many little great spots and things that you wouldn’t normally get if you weren’t with someone born and raised there like JP, like that insanely delicious cauliflower, or the “Death by Chocolate” sundae (which was really like “Minor Cold by Chocolate”, I could eat 4 of them). As JP took us around the heart of the city (which Abby explained quite well) you could see the joy on the mans face. For many of us, that’s what made this day special. Being able to experience a city with someone who is so eager to share it with you is something special. Overall, a great day of getting to know Bangalore and one another.

-Jacob

THE LAST HOORAH

Friday Update:

By Hannah and Ryan

In our final distribution of water filters this morning, we worked to fix human error in drilling and assembly that was causing leaks. The leaders of the church were helping us tinker with the problems so that they will be confident in their knowledge of the filters once we leave.

We drove to a nearby village to have lunch and then headed to a small shop that sells hand-woven materials. The shop employs only women and their products are sold through fair trade organizations around the world. We got to see some women spinning thread, stitching fabric, and using large wooden looms to weave the threads into intricate designs. We bought scarfs and sarees to wear tonight to celebrate the culture.

Today was our last day of sports camp. We split into groups for stations. The children were so eager to play the games that we hardly had to give instruction. Between each station, they rehydrated by drinking out of the Sawyer water filters. We ended with our favorite game, Monkeys and Rhinos, and our loud cheer. The children were running around saying “Be Strong, Be True, Let’s Go Hope” for the rest of the night.

As the evening progressed, plastic chairs were arranged outside filled with the people of the village. The families sat facing the staff who took care of us, including our cooks, drivers, and church leaders. As a demonstration of service to one another, we took time washing each other’s feet. It was a humbling experience.

The girls changed into the sarees we bought earlier today. It was special to have the women help us get dressed and share their region’s style with us. We had an outdoor service, packed with tribal dances, music and songs in Boro tongue, sermons from JP and James, and audio bible distribution. Along with the rest of us, JP was so impacted by the foot washing that he changed his sermon to remphasize the humility in serving others and allowing others to serve you.

Saying goodbye was the hardest part of the day. Caroline said it best when she spoke through a translator to the children, saying, “Even though we are leaving, God is not.”

THE ADVENTURE AND LOVE CONTINUES

Thursday Update:

By Sarah and Ashley

“We started our day bright and early (6am) with a  Wushu crashcourse. Wushu is a traditional military martial arts that we were exposed to on our first day in the village. Unfortunetly, our 30 minutes of attempts at self-defense were unable to be mastered seeing that it takes a minimum of 12 years. Nonetheless, our team was excited to learn and participate in an important part of the people’s culture. After breakfast, we adventured North to explore the tea gardens. The tea garden is the source for the tea of our many, many tea breaks through out the day. The garden spans as far as the eye can see to the foot of the Assam Himalayas. This trip was special because our team and the adults from the village mixed into groups and spent the day together. On our way back, we stopped at a river to cool off and relax. The sound of laughter filled the atmosphere as the Indian women splashed each other, took selfies with us, and fell into the water. When we returned, I quickly grabbed my squad of boys for our intense 4v4 soccer game we had been playing since day one. Although none of us can speak each other’s language, words like team, goal, pass, loser, and winner are simple components that connect our two cultures. By this day, me and the boys had learned eachother’s names and there was no way that Bool, Josaya, Ilfan & Acos were going to beat me, Richar, Sebusar, & Beejoy.   Our game was filled with laughter, arguing over handballs (none of which I could understand), and a winning goal scored by my boy, Richar. It is amazing to share something I am so passionate about with the children of this village. It is incredible to see a competitive game eliminate any type of barrier and form real relationships.”

-Sarah

“The relationships that were formed during Wednesday’s sport camp flourished into growing friendships today. The children played multiple games  ranging from an obstacle course, football, and volleyball. As each child rotated stations, large smiles appeared on their faces despite the growing heat. The girls loved learning how to throw a football. The boys thrived off of the organized soccer game. Mothers sat around the field watching the children and us play. Once the organized games with the children were wrapping up, we continued playing unstructured games. The playing never stopped. A volleyball game started with some of the men of the church. Though there was a language barrier between us, it was amazing to see how game flowed so smoothly. Later that night, we broke up into two separate groups and visited different churches. Those churches welcomed us in with open arms. Audible bibles were passed out to these congregations in their native language. It was incredible to see God at work.”

-Ashley

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