Reflections from Maura

Before this trip, and before stepping foot on campus at Belmont, I was slightly nervous about bonding and building new friendships all over again at a new school.  For me, it is like I’m starting college for the first time all over again.  Over the summer, I had so much fun with the girls who were…

Reflections from Jenny

This trip to Rio was an unforgettable journey and I am so grateful to have experienced it with my teammates! Sports are a unique way to spread God’s word and share His love.  I have never seen sweeter smiles or received warmer hugs.  I am so thankful for the friendships made and Rio will always hold…

Reflections from Sierra

If I were to write about this trip to Rio, it would be a whole book.  Instead, I am going to share a small piece of something new I discovered. Whenever I hear the word ‘Love”, I think of relationships that you have with God, friends, family, teammates, and maybe a significant other.  As humans,…

Reflections from “Betchi”

As the group reflects individually and collectively on their time in Rio, several will be contributing personal reflections to the blog.  The first one comes from Betty Wiseman, who was affectionately called “Betchi” by the Brasilians. Words cannot express what Belmont Women’s Basketball experienced in Rio de Janeiro these past days.  Only God could orchestrate…

Goodbye, Brasil!

How does one sum up the past week our team just experienced? How does one pick the best headline to encompass the journey we just went through? Today is our last day in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Yes, Brasil and not Brazil. The people of Brasil spell it with an “S” and we want to…

More than Just a Game

Our team will never look at a basketball the same. For some it became a soccer ball, for others a precious gift from the Belmont Women’s Basketball team, but for all of us, a basketball is now the bridge that can cross any language barrier and break down walls. A basketball now means hope and…

Awed by God

Aleluia! What an incredible Sunday! Our team was invited to attend Pastor Douglas’s church and what a treat that was. The church provided a snack before the worship service and we were greeted by some of the students we befriended at the first school. We were so happy they decided to join us at Pastor…

Games and Gardens

Our team was able to sleep in a little later today! Breakfast was at 7 am and we departed at 8. We arrived at a special prayer garden around 8:30 am. Sharon lived in Brazil for 20-plus years in this area and invited us into CIEM- a training school for missionaries and religious education for women. She had…

Love Overflow

Another beautiful day beginning at 6:00 am. We got the opportunity to visit the first school a second time and reunite with our new friends. Once again, they welcomed us with open arms, a delicious breakfast spread, and were even more excited and ready to play and interact with the team. The entire day the…