January, 2017 At the end of 2016, 38 coaches and volunteers were directing Upward modeled soccer programs in six church leagues in Kigali, with 480 kids playing in 55 teams.
November, 2016 A new KSA league with four teams has been started , with two Baptist churches participating. Pastor Rugulla says “we had 46 youth who did the first games with us. Some families did come also”.
July, 2016 Rwanda Upward-trained instructor, Oliver Ndarwubatse, has taken three Anglican church leaders through Upward-modeled coaches’ training. They will start league play in their churches within the next month.
April 2016 “In January we started with 48 children and today we have 68 and 17 parents have joined the church through Upward activities. I believe that during the end of this year we will be having more than 120 children and by faith more than 50 parents”.
January 2016 ” I praise the Lord for the good work upward soccer ministry is doing in our district of Kamonyi. Last year we started with a small team 16 kids trained and equipped by upward soccer ministry. People saw me like a crazy man to start a ministry with those kids playing soccer in mud ground, but after first training our kids multiplied and in three months there were 75, during one of their soccer tournament they won 100 kids for Christ from one village…we have 200 kids with 86 parents who comes with their children…these parents just come by curiosity to see where their kids play soccer because they saw how these kids have been transformed in their behaviors…now they have decided to support their children by becoming full time members of our church”.
“Thank you Emmanuel for this new strategy to reach our kids. We had struggled to see how to reach them and send them in the church without success. Since you came with upward soccer in our church, the number of kids had triple and more of their parents had started coming too in the church”.
November 2015 Upward USA has again donated 2,000 surplus soccer shirts to KSA to help supply the growing leagues and teams. With the help of Federal Express Land, Cru and its transportation service GAIN, a pallet of shirts and balls were sent to Kigali by container for a great price of $700, and delivered to grateful churches and excited futballers!