Soccer and bombs should not go together, but one has unfortunately affected the other. Faith Alive leads a youth soccer team for guys to provide exercise, experience at tournaments, and education about HIV prevention. This month, the team competed in a tournament and did well (I think one tie and two wins).
All was well until a suicide bomber targeted a local church attended by the team coach's family. His parents and other family members were badly injured and one remains in the hospital. If the coach had not been at the tournament, he would likely also be a hospital patient, or worse.
Please keep the coach's family, the team, and all of Jos in your prayers for healing and peace. May God grant victory against the enemy's competition for Nigeria.
(Photo by Frank Lozano of Faith Alive's soccer team a few years ago with another coach.)