I sit here on Monday after a 4 day trip to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico for a Baseball Clinic and Baseball Chapel event for that city.  I can’t get motivated.  My mind continually drifts back to the trip and my desire to share the many stories from that experience are dominating my thoughts.  So I thought I would just share a few today, and tomorrow, and the next day and ….  Right now I am printing some of the top picks of the weekend.

Fielders Choice

Fielders Choice

Eight of us left early Thursday morning to lead a 2 day clinic for kids 8-18 years old.   The name of the group is Fielders Choice founded by Charlie Mitchell, former MLB with the Red Sox.  We stopped off In Dallas to meet up with some current MLB players traveling with UPI to help us.

The MLB Players

The MLB Players

It was obvious that the children (over 150 attended) had been well coached and desired to learn everything they could about baseball from the clinic.  Their respect and focus was continuous, but their ability was of high quality.  We ran five stations each day, the kids would rotate and learn a new offense drills or defensive position.

At the final session the kids wanted autographs, pictures and even wanted to trade their hats and shirts with clinic leaders.  Since almost all of them spoke only Spanish, they hugged each of us continually and could only smile to show how much they appreciated the time we spent with them.

Our trip was not just to help the city of Nuevo Laredo with baseball, or even to just teach kids how to be better ball players, but also (as stated in the El Manana newspaper) to “teach values”, namely how to have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Each morning one of our guys would share their story (testimony) and at the end of each session a MLB Chaplin would lead a Baseball Chapel.  A total of 56 kids became Christ-followers.

Dr. Pete of Fielders Choice

Dr. Pete of Fielders Choice shares

We all agreed that we would go back tomorrow!  Not because it was 75 degrees.  Not because the city celebrated our presence.  Not because we able to play on a professional field.  But because we knew God had used us to make a difference in a lot of lives in a short time period.

Misssion Experiences change lives on both sides of the border.  We will never be the same because of this trip.