Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Dodgeball Extravaganza 2012

Dodgeball Extravaganza is back! This is the fourth DBE I've hosted (you can read about past DBE's here and here). Here's the blurb describing the DBE:
Dodgeball is awesome. Poverty isn’t. It’s estimated that around 1 billion people live on less than one dollar a day. It’s also estimated that this form of extreme poverty could be eradicated within 20 years. 
It’s difficult to imagine this kind of poverty here in the United States, but it’s a reality that calls us to action. Jesus commanded us to take care of the marginalized and poor. We can make a difference, and we can even have a little creative fun doing it. Dodgeball Extravaganza is a dodgeball tournament with a purpose. You create a team of six players, get some money and uniforms together, play some dodgeball, and help end poverty. Plus, you can compete to win the coveted Golden Dodgeball.

Global Support Mission, a non-profit organization based in Nashville, is committed to seeing a movement of compassion wipe out hunger, disease, and extreme poverty. All of the proceeds from the Dodgeball Extravaganza will go to GSM for community development in Africa, such as the building of fresh water wells and providing education and medical aid for children.
Global Support Mission has an incredible program called Know.Think.Act. that allows our community in Arizona to directly meet needs for people in Uganda and Kenya. For anyone in youth ministry, it's a fantastic program for our group, and has been a great partnership over the years. Last year, I spoke at a GSM banquet about the benefits of KTA. The keynote speaker was Peter O'Chiel, a young Kenyan pastor and leader who has planted a church in a leper community. Check out Peter's incredible story in the video below:

I get chills every time he shares about changing the camp name from "rejected " to "blessed." It's a beautiful story of redemption and justice, and somehow we get to play a part in it. This year, we're raising funds through the DBE to provide shoes for 50 children living in Blessed Camp and support Peter's ministry.

What are some creative ways you or your students are pursuing justice in our world?

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