VOLLEYBALL TEAM FINDS
ABUNDANT GRACE IN MEAGER SURROUNDINGS
The women's volleyball team
learned a valuable lesson about appreciating the little things during their
fall season. They went to Costa Rica in August for a missions trip with
two other American college teams and returned home with a different perspective.
"We thought we needed a bigger
and better gym before we left," said senior Tracey Afman, "but we love
our gym now. We're used to having certain things, but we had to make an
adjustment while we were there. We take so many little things for granted,
but now we're more thankful for what we have."
Little things like wood floors
and ice bags that most athletes in the United States don't think twice
about are luxuries in Costa Rica. The women played on concrete during their
visit, and nursing their injuries proved difficult due to a scarce supply
While there, coach Sue Gasperec
took her team to an orphanage and a daycare center. The players conducted
informal clinics for the children, and spent time reading and playing games
with them. They also helped distribute more than 1000 tracts to native
Costa Ricans, and 45 people were converted to Christianity.
"This was a great learning
experience for us," Gasperec said. "We encountered some situations and
circumstances that weren't very favorable, but the ladies grew closer to
one another, and that kind of bonding is always good.
"The landscape was magnificent
with all the mountains and rainforests surrounding us. It was pretty amazing
to admire God's creation, and we really enjoyed our time with the kids
there. I think our trip reminded us of how much grace the Lord has granted
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