Tuesday: Officially Zambia Bound!!

By Tena & EJ

We are officially on our way to Zambia! These past few days have been full of preparing our hearts and suitcases for a week  overseas.

Monday, we gathered with the team going to Costa Rica. We started the day with Paul Boersma, who spoke to us about doing good unto others and the impact that “paying it forward” can do. Then Travis from Sawyer came to supply us with insect repellent and sunscreen, as well as help treat our clothes to keep the bugs away.

Later Monday night, we met at Tunnel Park to cook out and grow together as a team. We shared testimonies, and then humbled ourselves to each other and committed ourselves to the service we will do overseas. We did this by washing the feet of our teammates as Jesus did to his disciples in John 13. We spent some time praying over both teams and the work we will all do in both Costa Rica and Zambia before splitting ways for the evening.

Today, while our lovely Costa Rica friends were heading to Chicago for their flight, we all enjoyed a wonderful sleep in. We then met as a group to share more testimonies, answered final questions, and got pumped about our trip! We all seemed to be a little nervous and anxious about travel, but we all are generally excited for this awesome opportunity that God has given us.

We left campus at 5:00 pm and had a safe and easy drive to Chicago. We are now at the O’Hare airport and are getting ready for our flight to leave in an hour! This trip is finally becoming so real! Our next stop is London – only 2 more days until Zambia!

Team Zambia

Team Zambia is fired up and ready to head out tomorrow!

Tena Baar – Softball
Haley Fischman – Women’s Track & Field
Jenna Fort – Softball
Jager Haan – Men’s Track & Field
Eddie Ip – Men’s Track & Field
Britta Johnson – Softball
Emma Johnson – Women’s Track & Field
Sara Plohetski – Women’s Swimming & Diving
Brian Simonich – Men’s Swimming & Diving
Maya Smith – Women’s Track & Field
Allison VanderStoep – Women’s Track& Field
Kyle Weck – Men’s Swimming & Diving

Trip Leaders:
Caroline Dykstra
Mary VandeHoef

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

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