Ever since we came home from Honduras in early 2014, we knew God was up to something. Our JV boys played in a soccer tournament there, but the trip ended up being so much more than that.
During the trip, God led us to a little village called Travesia. An extremely poor community located on the Caribbean Honduran coastline. Like the village of Buena Vista, Guatemala, it is a unique combination of extreme poverty and natural beauty blended together in the same place.
We met some people there who were in the beginning stages of starting a soccer program for boys. They had started the program specifically to help keep the boys off the streets. They told us that in Travesia, almost all the boys end up selling or doing drugs. In addition, sexual promiscuity and HIV is a serious problem.
Three brothers and a sister had decided to try to do something about it - and a new soccer program in raw form was how they were trying to help keep the boys out of trouble. It was a moment we will never forget, just listening to them explain how they are hoping the game of soccer can help the boys of their community.
When we boarded the bus, we (BVSA leaders) prayed together about what had just happened. We asked God if this had something to do with why He brought us to Travesia, and to please lead us!
5 looooong trips to Travesia, Honduras (and one visit from them to Guatemala) later...
We knew that God was leading BVSA to plant another boys academy.
We believe more than ever that sharing the gospel and teaching the Bible to young men is the key to making disciples, planting churches, and transforming homes and communities. We also know that Jesus commanded us to go into the world and make disciples... which means, for us, planting more boys academies must be an important part of what we do!
BVSA-Honduras now exists as a result of this sweet story of God's leading. We have a great team in place, and we are excited about what God is doing in Travesia.