March 13, 2017 Carrie Kintz

Teaching The Maasai How to Play Baseball

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We love it when the Lord provides unexpected moments in the midst of ministry. From the miraculous to the mundane, Jesus is always making way for us to build relationships when we travel to Africa. Our friend Brian Adams took his first trip with WOE, and his experience was unusual, to say the least! We hope you are encouraged by his story. – The WOE team. 

 

 

baseball 1My first WOE trip to Africa was truly an incredible experience!  Our team packed camping gear into one large duffel bag, as we prepared to “live” with the Maasai tribe for three days in the land called empukani which mean, “dry land,  located a rough two-hour drive from the city of Namanga, Kenya.After packing all our gear, I realized that we had almost 8 pounds to spare before we reached our size limit of 50 pounds.  Having a professional baseball background, I thought that perhaps it would be neat to try to teach the Maasai people how to play the game.  I squeezed four gloves, two bats, and eight baseballs into our gear bag and hoped that we’d have a chance to play some during our visit.

We had a half-day conference on Wednesday, teaching and encouraging the mobile messengers. Once we were finished, we made the announcement that our group would teach “America’s Game” to anyone that would like to participate.  Little did we know that every single person would attend!

baseball 3Sports is truly a universal language.  Over the next few hours, we laughed and cheered together as each person took a turn batting and running the bases.  The Maasai people picked up on the game fast and, as they did, I realized that they were hitting the ball harder and harder.  I gave up many home runs that afternoon.
 

Following our time with the Mobile Messengers, we took our baseball equipment over to an open field next to the village’s school.  Wow!! If the Mobile Messengers liked the game of baseball, the kids loved it!! Each child took their turn trying to hit and run the bases as well, and the enthusiasm was off the charts.

Having the opportunity to teach baseball to the Maasai people and getting to spend time with them brought our group so much joy.  I’m so glad that we had those 8 pounds to spare in the gear bag.  It far exceeded any expectation  I had.

 

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