Urban Outreach

Memorial Day Street Soccer Tournament

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This was the third year that we helped to run the 11th year of the Annual Cypress Street Soccer Tournament.  This is a real big deal for the neighborhood! The streets are cleaned, lines are painted and the windows are covered with baseboards. Early Memorial Day Monday the street gets closed, the City of Placentia police department stands by as the opening ceremony unfolds. Kids from the neighborhood carry a line of flags of many nations – for the last three years including Hungary’s.

After the national anthem and prayer the music starts blasting with hot rhythm and the soccer ball finally is on its way.  It is street soccer.  Black pavement, hot asphalt, high curbs as sidelines, and hockey goals.  Food stands with spicy Mexican choices and raffle tickets, all to benefit LOT318, a Christian organization that we also serve this area with.  A colorful crowd cheers on as the battle goes on for hours between neighborhood rivals for the ultimate prize beyond glory and bragging rights – the cash prize.

This year was a special one for me. A group of high school age guys with whom I play pick up soccer in a nearby park finally put together a team by themselves and entered to this event. Our prayers have been answered and they did pretty well advancing to the quarterfinals.  It was a great event for a great cause!

– Csaba

Thanks to our supporters …

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Another bunch of soccer shoes found again happy owners on Cypress Street. You can tell, the world is at their feet . . . literally.

– Csaba

Memory Verses for October

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 Instead of simple memorization, after introducing the verses to the kids and discussing them in story form, I asked them to draw pictures about what the verses meant and tell it to me with their own words. I found that this method greatly increased their memorization and understanding of the verses.
1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”
‭‭(Genesis‬ ‭1:1-5‬ ‭NIV)‬‬
11 “Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, … And it was so. … 20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”… 24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds … And it was so. … 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, … 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
(Genesis‬ ‭1:11, 20, 24, 26-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

Our First Ever Urban Seahorses Futsal Team

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We are excited and ready to play in the Whittier Area Community Church League.  Praise the Lord!!!

After several months of street soccer games and weekly trainings we were able to find a good group of boys who are committed to the game, to some essential rules and most of all to each other. We train under the lights one night per week and play games in the weekend. The group is a big mix of 3-9th graders, but they are all like brothers in arms, fighting the good fight, growing as individuals and as a team.  Prayers and sharing times at the beginning and end of our meetings help our bonding and growth.

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Sometimes blessings come in disguise. Me losing my job at the end of spring was just like that.  I was at home the entire summer while school was out.  Our patio became a permanent place of a free and unstructured “VBS” with a “curriculum” written by the Holy Spirit. Kids of all ages showed up at any and all time of the day and evening in smaller or larger groups and got their share of ice cold water, fruit, crafts, Veggie Tales, games, Bible stories, and Bible games on the iPad.  I discovered that in the rare occasion when I had the chance to have one-on-one time with them they just couldn’t get enough of the individual attention.  I realized that they might be really missing that from their lives.  Most of these kids don’t even have their own beds.  They grow up sharing a bed with their siblings and the room with their entire family.  For us that is strange.  For them that is a natural part of their culture.  Yet, I can’t help but feel like I need to “help to raise them out of it”.  …Is that the right thing to do? …I’m not sure at all.  I just know one thing: teaching them about the love of Christ is good.
– Agnes

Coloring, drawing and crafts are always popular.
Of course chasing the dogs is also fun.


Memory Verses for May

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“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.”
Psalms 128:1 NIV

“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands ”
2 John 1:6 NIV

“Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.”
Deuteronomy 8:6 NIV

“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.”
1 Peter 1:14 NIV

Just Another Afternoon

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We had SOOO many kids on our patio this afternoon that even though I had somewhere else to be I couldn’t leave Csaba here alone with them. Even the two of us were not really enough to satisfy all their need for attention. We played cards, we played connect four, challenged their brains for hours with a new toy where they built channels for marbles – used to be one of our kids most favorite game – and watched 5 helicopters circling over our heads, guessing together what we will see on the news.


They just left. Everything is dirty, sticky and we both are totally worn out but God is good.  We were able to talk to them about J. O. Y. (Jesus first, Others second and You last). We taught them not to break off the heads of the flowers bc the bees make honey out of the pollen (hence the sticky mess of honey tasting), took them apart when they were fighting and took them off the top of the parking cars when they started chasing each other.  It was just another afternoon on our patio when the Lord blessed us with an opportunity to show His love to them.
– Agnes