Roxburgh Leads AIA Trip to Swaziland, Malawi

Graham Roxburgh

WOMEN’S SOCCER
MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013
AFRICA

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ROXBURGH LEADS AIA TRIP TO SWAZILAND, MALAWI  

LANGLEY, British Columbia – One year after the Trinity Western women’s soccer team went on a missions trip to South Africa and Swaziland, coach Graham Roxburgh, along with defender Melissa Demeda (Surrey, B.C.) returned to Africa, alongside Athletes in Action, this summer on a women’s soccer missions trip that took them to Malawi and Swaziland.

In Bulembu, Swaziland, where the Spartans women’s soccer team travelled to last summer, the group, which was comprised of university players from all over North America spent time with the orphan children in the community while also helping to train teachers and students in how to use soccer and sport as a means to building up and developing both individuals and the greater community.

The focus of the trip was to cultivate cross-cultural relationships, largely through the avenue of sport, as well as to help with a variety of service projects.

“In some ways we were building on the beginnings of what our team started last year in Bulembu,” Roxburgh said. “It’s just about loving the kids and building relationships within the community and helping further the platform sports can have in the overarching project in Bulembu, which is real transformational leadership of these young kids who have lost parents because of AIDS.”

Through Bulembu Ministries Swaziland, the goal is to restore Bulembu to a self-sustaining community, which includes providing total care for orphaned and vulnerable children, and fostering the development of a new generation of emerging leaders.

In Malawi, the team organized soccer and coaching clinics and also helped to complete a few service projects.

“We had a chance to demonstrate God’s love and not just talk about it,” Roxburgh said. “We contributed to a number of cleanup projects while also giving people a picture of how sport can be a tool to build into communities.”

The group, partnering with the Malawi Football Federation, also had the chance to play the country’s top women’s soccer team.

“We’re working to build long-term relationships,” Roxburgh said. “We want to learn from them and, in the end, we receive from them as much as we ever thought we could give or share. While you think you’re serving, you’re actually being served.”

Throughout the trip, the team was led largely by former Spartans women’s soccer player Heather Stevenson (Newport, Cali.), who is now working with AIA.

“It was a real pleasure of mine to work with a player I coached for five years,” Roxburgh said. “She was a leader on our team and now she’s leading other students through her work with AIA. She did a great job and it was really fun for me to see her influence other students.”

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Last Updated: 2013-07-29
Author: Mark Janzen

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