We’re well into our new season of programs at Streetlight, with our regular programs in full swing. But let’s take a moment and reflect on the summer that was, and rejoice in the work that God allowed to take place in the summer months in the Beasley neighbourhood, specifically in Beasley Park!
Beasley Park bustled on Friday evenings! As Streetlight soccer leaders arrived, a crowd of kids was already in the park waiting for us. Actually, sometimes a crowd of kids met us at Streetlight before we even had a chance to head over to the park. This highlights one of the most fruitful things that happened this summer at Streetlight soccer. A bridge was built; a gap was crossed.
What I mean is this: to many of the youth that were part of the program, Streetlight Soccer was no longer something that happened only in the park. There was a building, a place, an organization called Streetlight, and it offered more than just soccer. It offered other programs of which these youth could be a part of as well. This has allowed relationships that started at soccer to continue to develop, even though soccer has ended!
In addition to the soccer that was played, the goals, the saves, the fancy footwork, something else special took place. The gospel was shared each week. Youth heard about Jesus Christ and his death on the cross, the problem of sin in everyone’s life, and the forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ.
Beyond this, questions were asked about Jesus and church, and several young people asked for Bibles. This is some of the best fruit we could have hoped for.
Summer has ended. A new season has come. Yet, we are thankful to God for the opportunity to run Streetlight soccer, and for allowing us to have a truly highlight reel summer!