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2024 Iglesia Cristiana Bethel Community Project Fulfillment

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A few weeks ago, Soccer Chaplains United received a request from a small church in El Paso, Texas. Iglesia Cristiana Bethel. The church, a sister church to Iglesia Maranatha in Juárez, MX is led by Pablo Mata, brother to Jorge Mata. The church has a vision to build a community soccer team which will include young and older adults both the church and people in the community of El Paso.

A Spanish speaking church located on the east side of El Paso, Iglesia Cristiana Bethel’s young adults have wanted to create a soccer team and also open it to others who are not believers. The church sees this is as an opportunity to expose non believers to the Gospel of Jesus as they practice and play the games.

With several young adults, ranging in age from 13 to 25 years old combined with some older adults — the church is seeing a difference in the way church members react in the games. There is an attraction whereby others are wanting to join the team that seems friendlier and contains a safe space for them and their children.

The team currently is co-ed. They have 5 women and 10 men in the team and they hope to continue to grow.

We hope to expose the love of God to those joining our church team. We currently don’t have a team uniform, we all only wear black, and we don’t even have gloves for our goalie. We are just starting, but we would really appreciate and be very grateful for any help you can give us in our project.

Natalie Mata, member of Iglesia Cristiana Bethel

Below is a list of items that were sent to the team:

  • 18 jerseys
  • 15 shorts
  • 1 GK set
  • 6 compression shorts
Image of the jersey and shorts delivered to Iglesia Cristiana Bethel
Rapids jerseys and shorts hopefully help the team find a sense of identity and unity

The total weight came to around 25 pounds of gear that was sent to El Paso.

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