The life of a student-athlete involves great discipline and schedule balancing. The summers are often thought to be filled with “rest and relaxation” but what does that look like for a Division 1 athlete? Not so typical here at Lipscomb. This summer Josh Enderle of men’s golf and Kayla Ostrom of Lipscomb volleyball decided to make the most of their summer break, and took a trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to visit and assist missionaries there on their first month off of school.
Right after finals, Kayla (from Lipscomb Volleyball) and I went down to Haiti. It was a great experience. We went around to different spots in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to check on how the missionaries are doing. On the Haiti side, we saw a missionary located in Port-au-Prince that is running a school that teaches English and a discipleship program. We met with a couple of pastors to talk with them about the progress in the local churches. We also collected information on each one of the pastors to be able to post to the website and present to the board of Chadasha. We saw a missionary in another part of Haiti who is running an orphan retreat center. He brings in orphans from different orphanages around Haiti for a time when they can get away and relax for a day. While we were with him, we went to see some of the local artisans. We are working with them to create products that we can ship to America. They are incredibly talented. They make objects out of sheet metal gathered from oil barrels. Kayla and I learned a lot about doing the administrative work for a charity. It wasn’t the exciting work that mission teams typically do. For example, we set up a bank account to support the mission initiatives. Working with a bank in a third world country is quite an experience. In the Dominican Republic, we talked with the people who run the orphanage on that side.
The photo of Kayla is her with some of the kids from the Batey. The Batey has some of the poorest people in the Western hemisphere. The charity we were working with created a school at the Batey and runs a feeding program for the children. When Kayla and I went there a year ago, many of the kids had red hair, which is a sign of malnutrition. This time, there were only one or two kids who have a twinge of red in their hair. It is encouraging to see the progress.
“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG