Check out photos/video from the 2012 Haiti Trip!
If you or your business would like to support the 2013 Haiti trip by contributing financially, you can make your tax-deductible donation to:
The Rube Foundation
and mail it to:
SE WY FCA
PO Box 2256
Laramie WY 82073
Or Donate Online
This year's team is responsible for approximately $20,000 ($1,600 per person) to cover trip expenses.
On May 11-17th, 2013, 12-14 football players and coaches from the University of Wyoming will return to Port Au Prince, Haiti to once again connect with Lyonel Narcisse, Father of Ruben Narcisse, and his church to put on a sports camp for youth in the area. The group will also be working with a local orphanage again, an experience that was very impactful for the team who went last year.
In 2012, Southeast Wyoming’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes took 25 University of Wyoming coaches and athletes to Port Au Prince, Haiti to honor Ruben Narcisse, a University of Wyoming football player who was killed in a car accident on September 6, 2010. Ruben’s father ministers to many churches in Haiti that Ruben had visited multiple times, and Ruben had always dreamed of hosting a football camp for the
The team held a three-day football/volleyball camp for over 120 Haitian women and men from Ruben’s father’s local church in Port Au Prince. The football players and coaches were able to breakdown “American football” and teach the eager Haitians the fundamentals of the game. By the end of the camp, the Haitian campers that had been taught by the FCA team played a full game of “American football.” The girls also taught many basic volleyball skills, as well as sharing the love of Christ through many songs and games. The Haitians were so thankful for the knowledge and time that the team gave them, but the FCA team was even more blessed by the love and encouragement that they received from the Haitian people.
Every night the local church held a special service in honor of the FCA team’s visit. Many members from the FCA group shared their testimonies, which were translated into the local creole language. The church also shared testimonies and encouraged the FCA team in their walk with the Lord. The church’s unashamed worship was a huge encouragement to the team. Many nights ended with a mob of singing and dancing to praise the Lord, both Haitian and American alike. It was truly a picture of what heaven will be like one day, with every nation and tongue praising Jesus our Lord.
The FCA team also had the opportunity to visit a local orphanage during one of their days in Haiti. They spent the morning helping a volunteer organization rebuild a new orphanage for the children, and in the afternoon, the team was able to meet and interact with the children. All team members gladly embraced the children, played games, smiled, laughed, and simply shared the love of Christ. It was a heart-wrenching and life-changing experience for all.
- “My experience in Haiti changed my life! Seeing the orphanage, talking with people off the streets, the crazy driving, working with the local children at the football camp, lack of infrastructure, trying different foods, the amazing worship we had at the church and the children on the street will change my life and how I serve Him and give to others forever.”
- “My Haiti experience was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. I went to serve and make a difference in someone else’s life, but instead I was served by all the great people there.”
- “Though the poverty was overwhelming and the need was heartbreaking, God is good! The highlight of this trip was seeing God work in the hearts of those around me.”
- “The biggest thing God has shown me on this trip is that life is not about me and my comfort. “If I have Him, I have EVERYTHING,” whether I have all the worldly riches or have nothing.”
- “Spending only five short days in this beautiful place, God was able to teach me valuable lessons I will carry with me for a lifetime.”
- “It was so encouraging to see the growth within the members of our group. The constant fellowship helped me so much in reminding me about why and how I needed to be obedient to the Word.”
- “This trip made me realize how much we take for granted living in America. After spending this week with the people of Haiti I realize that we are both very blessed by God, not because of what we do or do not have physically, but because of what we both have through God's grace!”
- “Before I left for Haiti I thought my relationship with God was going fine. I would read my bible, go to church and attend the other Christian activities throughout the week. After being here not only with the people from Wyoming, but also with the Haitian people, I realize my relationship with Christ has gotten SO much stronger.”