Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Volleyball Members Team With Push The Rock

Over the Christmas holiday, head women's volleyball coach, Ruth Rosentrater, together with team members Keri Hustus and Alex Nawoichik, and several members of Philadelphia Biblical University's volleyball team, traveled to Costa Rica with Push The Rock to compete in exhibition matches and partner with local service ministries.

Push The Rock, based out of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, is an organization dedicated to Christian ministry through the avenue of sport, offering numerous camp and missions programs to both domestic and international communities.

Beginning in the San Jose area, the team partnered with the Centro de Ensenanza y Discipulado (CED) church to hold volleyball clinics for local juvenile detention and foster home youth. "While many of these children and young adults have been disregarded by the world," said Rosentrater, "it was refreshing to communicate to them that they are a valuable part of God's creation.

From there the team traveled to the Los Chiles region of Costa Rica (located just south of the Nicaraguan border) to join forces with La Resplandecer Foundation, which seeks to provide education, employment and financial assistance opportunities to the immediate community. In addition to the usual clinics, the team also lent their efforts to help build a pasture area and community garden for the Foundation's farm outreach.

"It was such a blessing to see the [Foundation's] ministry at work and help them tidy up the farm to prepare for later projects," says Nawoichik. "I look forward to seeing how much their ministry grows as a result of our tiny contribution."

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