Timothy Project in eSwatini Three Years In A Row!
The Timothy Project, through Soccer Chaplains United, is returning to the Kingdom of eSwatini for the third year in a row! Never heard of eSwatini? That’s because up until April 2018, the country was named Swaziland. (The king renamed the country in honor of the 50th anniversary of gaining independence.) Despite eSwatini being only the size of New Jersey, and almost literally halfway around the word, the Timothy Project has been connected in 2016, 2017, and now again in 2018!
I will be going to eSwatini with a team from Mountain Springs Church in Colorado Springs in coordination with Beyond Survival. Once again, we will be working with Adventures in Missions on the ground in eSwatini. Adventures in Missions serves 30+ care points and 6,000+ children on a daily basis.
Beyond Survival has been forming relationships in eSwatini for 12 years now, and I have been able to be part of the team for the past 4 years. I have been especially privileged to form a relationship with Xolani Moyo, who started a sports ministry that has now blossomed into a few teams. The motto is “Sport. Faith. Future.” noting that soccer is an avenue to reaching souls and providing hope and a future. Xolani now leads a team of soccer coaches and sports ministry personnel.
Prior to this trip, Xolani indicated there was an amazing opportunity for one of his U20 teams. According to eSwatini Premier League soccer regulations, each Premier League team should have an U20 team in the junior league. However, one of the newly promoted teams doesn’t have such a team. Xolani is currently negotiating for his U20 team to participate in the junior league, connected to the Premier league team. Xolani states there is a “high chance this will be successful,” however asked for prayer for a successful negotiation.
Through the Timothy Project, Soccer Chaplains United was able to provide approximately 40 pounds of gear, consisting of new cleats, jerseys, balls, and cones. According to Director Brad Kenney, this was the first time Timothy Project had provided a full set of new gear.
To support Timothy Project: Mountain Springs Church/Beyond Survival trip to eSwatini, or future Timothy Project ventures like this, please donate through PushPay — simply select Timothy Project from the selectable funds to contribute to. Your financial gift helps us purchase new soccer equipment, sponsor an individual or organization in an outreach effort, and to cover associated costs of providing Bibles, soccer equipment, and other outreach tools locally and around the world!