Clayton High School student, soccer and football player Andrew Souter spent a week in Haiti on a mission trip organized by his home church, Horne Memorial United Methodist Church. He was able to get donations from SOCCER.COM of equipment and put on a soccer clinic during his trip.
He talked with our Michael Held about the experience and shared some photos from his trip.
Q: Now that the mission trip is over, what are some of your fondest or most memorable moments?
A: The most memorable part of the trip was seeing the joy on the orphans’ faces when I gave them the soccer gear.
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Q: What was the reaction of the kids when you brought out the soccer equipment?
A: They were very thankful, joyful, and in awe of all the new soccer stuff. These are things that they have never had, so it meant a lot to them.
Q: Were you able to get some organized games going? Was there any room for you to play?
A: We did have organized games. The orphanage had a concrete court that they used for the kids to play soccer.
Q: Was language a barrier like you had thought?
A: The language barrier was hard, but not as bad as I thought. They knew some English, and some of Creole has a little bit of English dialect. In soccer terms, pass meant pass and corner meant corner.
Q: In the end, do you think you were able to make an impact like you had wanted?
A: Yes, I believe I made an impact. If I made an impact in one kid’s life, my trip was complete. I ended up making an impact in a whole orphanage’s life. It was great.