The Power of Play

I’m generally a big fan of fun.

Every now and then fun, laughter and a smile can be holy. Tonight was one of those experiences where I was so honored to be able to play a part.

A few weeks ago, via Twitter, I reached out to Spikeball (TriVolle) to see if we could get 6 sets donated. The idea was that we have high school students teach a relatively unknown game to the refugees arriving everyday into our local community. Spikeball didn’t send us the 6 sets, they sent us 36 sets. Besides not being able to get in the front door of my flat on delivery day, vision started to grow.

Tonight people from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, UK and the United States gathered around and played Spikeball.

We when arrived at the Refugee center it was not a happy place. Over the course of an hour and a half I witnessed a transformation. As we left there was joy, lots of smiles and new friends.

Unfortunately I didn’t get photos once the crowd gathered and we also taught some basketball skills and they showed us a thing or two about soccer. One Somali told me that anyone having fun or playing sport, where he is from, would have been shot or a bomb (grenade) would have been thrown into the area.

I got to witness some incredible moments tonight provided by some willing students and some generosity.

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2 thoughts on “The Power of Play

  1. Thanks for sharing. This is such a wonderful blessing to so many who are hurting. God has really used all of you in such special ways since you’ve been there. So proud to count you as my friends. Miss seeing all of you. By the way Happy Belated Birthday.

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