HELPING TO REBUILD HAITI

Posted: September 21, 2011 in General

In just a few days (October 21-28), Janna and I will be traveling overseas with a team from Southbrook Church to serve the people of Haiti.  We will be working with an organization called Loving Hands Ministry to help rebuild Delmas 31 Church and Grace Mission Orphanage, both destroyed by the earthquake and currently under construction.  In addition, we will be delivering bags of sorely needed “everyday” supplies that are not readily available in Haiti.

Why have Janna and I chosen to go on this trip?  There are two main reasons.  First, as Loving Hands Ministry reports on its website, “On January 12, 2010 the small country of Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake.  Millions of Haitian people are now displaced left with no choice but to live on the streets or in open fields.  Hundreds of thousands of people still have not received any aid.  You can make a difference. You can save a life.”  We want to help make a difference and possibly save a life.

Second, Janna and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary this past July.  Since God has always been the foundation of our relationship and has richly blessed us in many ways we felt compelled to find a way to give back to him.  Rather than exchanging gifts, taking an extended vacation, or doing something for ourselves, we decided to step outside of our comfort zone and follow the call to help rebuild Haiti.  We hope to leave a long-term impact during our short-term visit.

Janna and I believe no great work of God can be accomplished without the prayers of his people.  You have the opportunity to join us in impacting the people of Haiti by becoming a member of our prayer team.  We are not looking for people to pray “here and there” but rather for those willing to go to the throne room of God on our behalf for an extended period of time everyday from October 1st-28th (4 weeks).  This is a sizable commitment and not one to be taken lightly.  Click Here to join our prayer team.

If you are unable to commit to joining our prayer team, we ask that you consider supporting us financially.  As a couple, we are responsible for raising $3300 ($1650 each).  All contributions are tax-deductible and go directly towards travel, food, and lodging expenses.  Click Here to make an online contribution (then click on either Janna Tyson or Scott Tyson).  If you would prefer to mail a check, we will email you the correct address.

Thank you for your consideration in becoming part of our Haiti Team.  Those who pray and contribute financially are just as important as those who physically go.  We look forward to sharing with you the amazing things God is going to do as a result of your faithful prayers and generosity.

May the Lord bless you,

Scott & Janna Tyson

Temporary Break

Posted: May 17, 2008 in General

I’ve had to take a temporary break from writing consistent Blog entries.  I hope to continue again in the near future.

Real Baseball

Posted: April 23, 2008 in General

Legacy Sports TBall League
Cubs vs. Braves

Here is what I did for a few hours last Saturday morning.  Enjoy.

Softball Is Boring (Part 2)

Posted: April 20, 2008 in Sports

Today, my softball game was anything but boring.  After getting pelted by a few minutes of hail, the sun took over and the game began.  I ended up getting on base 4 times in 4 at-bats, I made 4 catches in the outfield (including a diving catch), I threw a runner out at second base, and I tripped while running the bases – leaving a nice scrape on my knee.

All this in just 5 innings (by the way, we won the game easily).

I’m not exactly sure why this particular game is so thrilling for me, but it is.  Even though hitting a softball traveling about 15 mph is much easier than trying to hit a baseball traveling at 90+ mph, I love the challenge of trying to hit the ball in just the right place where no fielder can make a play.  Even though I’m not as fast as I used to be, I love trying to get an “extra” base on every play.  Even though I only make a handful of catches in the outfield each game, every batter that walks to the plate is another potential opportunity for me to rob him of a hit by making a diving catch.

I love to be outside on a sunny afternoon or under the lights at night playing a game.
I love the smell of freshly cut grass, wet dirt, and worn leather.
I love playing catch before the game to get my arm loose.
I love hearing the sound of the ball “ting” off the bat and “smack” into a player’s glove.
I love playing with old friends and new acquaintances.
I love having the opportunity to compete.
I love sliding head first and getting dirty.
I love diving in the rugged outfield grass trying to make an ESNP worthy catch.

But most of all, I love to hear the stories of how the lives of some players have been drastically impacted by being involved in the Cactus Softball League.

For me, softball is far more than just a game.  It makes me a better person.  It gives me the opportunity to challenge players both on and off the field.  It is one of my passions in life.

I guess that is why softball is not boring for me.

Softball Is Boring (Part 1)

Posted: April 14, 2008 in General

Softball is an interesting game.  Usually, I end up making anywhere from 3-6 catches per game in the outfield.  This was not the case yesterday.  I played in two games and did not make a catch until the final out of the second game (a total of 11 innings and 33 outs).

On the other hand, catchers rarely make any catches for outs during a softball game (an occasional short foul ball might come their way).  This was not the case yesteday.  I played catcher for one inning (a total of 4 pitches) and ended up catching a foul ball.

Many consider softball to be a boring “past time”.  My situation yesterday gives their argument some weight.

Why is does this matter?  In the grand scheme of things it really doesn’t matter but it did bring a question to mind.  Why do I enjoy playing softball so much when I can play 11 innings and only touch the ball two times?  I’m sure there is a logical answer to this question, but that probably won’t be my answer.

More to come next time…

Destiny

Posted: April 1, 2008 in General

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers. None goes his own way alone.
All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.”

Edwin Markham (American Poet)

Why March Madness?

Posted: March 19, 2008 in General

If you are interested in the history of the NCAA Tournament and how it came to be know as March Madness and the Road to the Final Four, read the article below.

UCLA, Magic, TV all propelled us to Madness