We write with a grateful heart to summarize the 8th and Final Ben Elo Memorial Soccer Camp. We have always said that we would pray and decide year to year whether to continue with camp and this year we felt God leading us to ‘step back’ from Ben’s Camp so we could ‘step forward’ to new things! He has also provided by allowing others to ‘step up’ to continue the tradition that has become great soccer training in the spirit of Ben; character, leadership, determination, teamwork and charitable giving.
We announced our decision in the spring and have been deeply touched by many who thanked us for having Ben’s Camp and the blessing it has been to their families. They appreciated the faith and prayer, the family atmosphere and caring we provided their children as well as the great soccer training. But the most mentioned item was always the ‘Ben Stories’. These were glimpses into what made Ben such a remarkable young man and were used to encourage kids to demonstrate faith in action, leadership, determination and encouragement of others on and off the pitch. I hope if our efforts demonstrate anything it is that in any ‘valley’ you might face, God can bless you through it and to the other side; touching others with His goodness in the process. It is an act of faith and determination to allow God to lead. We always felt that Camp, Ben’s Scholarship and the Grief Ministry was what God wanted us to do; to demonstrate Faith in the midst of tragedy and the blessings that can follow. We hope we’ve been successful in that endeavor! READ MORE
To Live your Faith to Affect Change; Micah 6:8 Act Justly, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly