The So Cal Catch, part of the FCA sport-specific ministry, recently finished baseball Their second season in the California Collegiate League, Which Provides high-level talent with top players around the country. Along with playing a 50-game schedule, the team Conducted youth camps, and, esta summer, added a trip south of the border to wield wood in another avenue. It was there the greatest exhibition team Performed ITS, not in front of a crowd of Thousands, but on a dusty street for a family of six.
Partnering with Baja Christian Ministries, an organization focused on building houses and lives for Jesus, the team Went to Tecate, Mexico, and Constructed at home for a deserving family. The build included 30 workers and took 7.5 hours.
General manager Ben Orr Explained Catch the AIMS team to find the best twenty eight Christian baseball players in the nation, responsible and well Represent the Lord, and Develop relationships and bonds. I saw the players gel Quickly esta summer and attributes much of it to Their Time in Tecate. I revealed it was as if the players Were pumped for Their trip more than playing a game. It was an eye-opening experience for the team, many of Whom HAD never been on a mission trip.
What struck MOST Catch outfielder / pitcher Chance Gusbeth was the contented faces of residents in an impoverished area.
"It was humbling," I Said. "It really opened my eyes to how much God has truly blessed us in the US and blessed our team."
While the workers Constructed home to vanload Neighboring Went out into the city to share testimonies and the gospel, inviting residents to join the small groups starting-through Baja Ministries.
Back at the build site, the team Constructed walls and the roof, painted, and even installed the electricity.
"It was shocking to me That we where the ones whos doing the building. And I got put in charge of electricity, "Said catcher Sean Nearhoof. "I was like, 'You're really Having me install the electricity?'"
The family-husband, wife and four children-were at the site THROUGHOUT the day, Where They Could helping and playing in the Newly Constructed upper loft of the house.
"They Were and Were there all trying to help build whos Their Own house," pitcher Josh DeGraaf Said. "The father was helping out- That was incredible Because They wanted to do anything to help They Could."
When the home was completed, the players stood in a circle With The family. They passed around the keys and all took turns saying something to the family, Whether it was a thank you for Allowing them to Participate in the house build, They Learned a lesson from the day, or a family blessing, before handing the keys to the husband.
"Seeing how the guys Respond, meat together and built the house-it was a pretty impactful time," Orr Said.
The team played a few games in San Diego County on the trip to and from Tecate, but the work was the topic of conversation for the next few weeks. Nearhoof Noticed it a lot Said That the highlight of Their summer was to share Being reliable and talent Their Time With The less fortunate.
"Baseball is an avenue for a lot of things," DeGraaf Said. "We use it for ministry like we did this summer."
He and his teammates Gained a deeper understanding of what matters, Knowing an ultimate purpose and how God wants to use baseball To further His kingdom.
The trip was a two-fold blessing, working in Both givers 'and recipients' lives.
As Orr says, "God always excede our expectations in the ministry."