Uganda Soccer Project


Elliot Ruggles, IGNITE Class 13 intern serving in Uganda

My name is Elliot Ruggles and I am an intern in the IGNITE Mission Training Program which, as many of you know, is a program run by a truly amazing ministry called Potter’s Field Ministries (PFM). I am currently serving in Uganda where PFM co-laborers with churches to run Kids Clubs, helps fund a Christian school, and spreads the Gospel throughout the communities. Every week we bring kids to the churches, give them a free meal, share the Gospel and Bible stories with them, and find time to have fun with them in a safe, Christian environment. Here in Uganda alone, we have close to 1,000 kids that come weekly to a Kids Club, not to mention the Christian School, and the thousands that are reached through community outreach and Island Medical Ministries. This is only a brief overview of what the ministry is doing, and I am so thankful for all of you who partner with us in this work. My prayer is that you would be motivated to partner with us in transforming lives forever through a new project!

Uganda Soccer Project:

Put simply, the Lord has given me a simple way to use soccer to change the lives of the kids we minister to weekly. First, a little more about me:

I am a young man of the age of 19 that was sent to Uganda, Africa with 18 others to do mission work and make a difference in people’s lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I grew up playing soccer, and it has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Soccer was an outlet that I used to get my mind off many different things. My family was a military family, so we never had much money, but my parents always found enough money for a soccer ball, and over the course of my childhood I fell in love with the sport. I also fell in love with the people it puts you around. Soccer and the grace that the Lord gave me helped me get out of bad friend groups and different struggles. My life was completely changed and, as the Lord had called me out of my sinful life, He then chose to send me to Africa to help change other people’s lives.


Recently, God has shown me that He can use my passion for His Word, for soccer, and to be used of Him for the edification of His children. He birthed a vision to use soccer to minister, which hit me when my Pastor was speaking on the topic of leaving a dent in Africa. “How do we help Africa?” was my immediate thought. The first thing that came to mind was soccer. Reflecting on how much it helped me in my life, I began to ponder on how it could be used to help the people here. I have the privilege to teach in multiple schools in the area that I live in, and I see such great need in the schools. The schools themselves are extremely run down and, when the kids get free time, they usually find trash or leaves and wrap them into a ball with vines to play soccer. The happiness that these kids have when they have so little is humbling. Additionally, I currently live in a village called Nangombe and there is a group of young men, ages are from 13 to 30, that play weekly at a local soccer field. Most of these men are fishermen by profession and have hard, difficult lives. They struggle to keep their families fed and healthy, and they don’t show much emotion except for when they are on the field. I have spent some hours playing with them, and it’s beautiful seeing their faces glow when they get the chance to play a game with others who have the same hardships as they do. Soccer truly does bring joy to the people here, and I so desire to help in bringing kids and adults joy through this simple activity.


So back to that simple way you can help in changing the lives of the kids we minister to weekly, as well as adults here. The Lord gave me a vision for a simple way to bless the kids and adults here through the very same thing he used to turn my life around – soccer!  I spoke to the leadership of PFM and they are fully on board with the project, so we are looking to raise $800 or more, to be used in providing soccer balls to the young kids as well as the older kids and adults. I know that may seem like a lot of money but for that amount we can provide 13 “junior” soccer balls for the little kids and 15 “adult” soccer balls for the older kids and adults, along with 22 jerseys that can be used when they form up teams and play against each other. I can assure you, whatever you can give will 100% be used for this purpose alone. Would you pray about helping in some way financially to see this happen?



How can you donate?

You can donate toward this project by either calling the Potter’s Field Ministries offices at 877.337.2624 and asking for the Sponsorship Department. You can then tell you are wishing to give to the Uganda Soccer Project and how much you would like to donate, and they will process your donation right over the phone for you. Or you can visit their website here, and donate online. Be sure to select the Uganda – Soccer Project as your directed giving fund when processing your donation. Giving online through the site is safe a secure! Oh, and 100% of your donation is tax deductible in case you were wondering!

What will we do with your donations?

We are planning to use these soccer balls to the minister to the many children we see each week, but be sure that will not be without first sharing the Word of the Lord. We will be doing outreaches in many different locations depending on the amount of donations we receive. An outreach will most likely take on the form of a soccer tournament with God’s Word shared for the older kids, for the young ones it could look more like singing and dancing with them to some African Gospel music along with some face painting and a playing with soccer balls.

To keep you updated:

As you know by now, the team I’m with is made up of around twenty people. All of us went through a media class that taught us photography and videography  which has been beneficial to help in telling the story and keeping all who support Potter’s Field engaged and informed in the work we all do. You actually can go to the Potter’s Field Ministries website to see videos made by us. We will be sure to put a video together of the Soccer Project so that, in that way, you can participate at a deeper level by seeing how your donation was used to bless the kids and people of Uganda.

Thank you, and God bless you!


Elliot playing soccer with children in Entebbe, Uganda


Sweet Srey Mouy!

Sefora (of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale) has spent the past four months serving in Cambodia with the Potter’s Field IGNITE Program. During this time the Lord has instilled a deep love for the children that attend PFK Cambodia in Sefora’s heart. One of those children is sweet Srey Mouy!

“When asked, Srey Mouy did not hesitate to express her gratitude for the role PFK has played in her life. Throughout her time here, she has been able to make lifelong friends, receive help in her studies, and most importantly, growth and knowledge of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Srey Mouy is a sweet 13-year-old girl that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting through the Potter’s Field Kids Program. She is in the 6th grade at the Smao Knhey School in her village Samrong Yong, located in the Takeo Province. She has been a part of the PFK program for a little over one year. She found out about the program from one of her close friends. Although she’s only been attending for a year, she’s known Jesus for three years. Her older sister first shared the gospel with her and has been an encouragement in her relationship with Jesus ever since. She faithfully attends weekly alongside her younger sister. Her parents have also recently become Christians, and they attend church as a family of five.

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IGNITE Class 13 intern, Sefora (of CCFL) with Srey Mouy!

Srey Mouy’s parents are farmers in the Kan Deong Village. Although she enjoys accompanying her parents in working the fields, she would love to be a doctor when she grows up. One of her greatest desires in life is to become a doctor so she can help and support her family and community.  As for now, her hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, watching TV, and enjoying activities in her church. One could quickly point her out, as she is full of joy and almost always has a smile on her face. When I first met Srey Mouy, she was shy and slow to speak, but she quickly warmed up after playing games and hanging out with one another. One of my favorite memories has to be when we were able to play jump rope with a few of the other girls; many laughs were shared.

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Srey Mouy and Sefora enjoying their time at Kids Club!

 Srey has shared with me that her favorite Bible story is Adam and Eve because God created humans so that He could have a relationship with them. She knows that God loves and cares about her because the leaders of PFK make His love evident by their willingness to help her in any situation. She was experiencing trouble in school with math, and through the program, her teachers were able to come alongside her and give her the attention she needed. She is now doing very well in school and even looks forward to it every day.

Getting to firsthand experience the impact that the Potter’s Field Kids Program has on the children throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia has forever changed my heart towards education and the Gospel. Thank you, sponsors, for allowing every one of these children to not only receive hope on earth but an eternal hope in Jesus. May we continue proclaiming the name of Jesus ’Til The Whole World Hears.



Just the Beginning

IGNITE Class 12 intern, Kenadie, just finished the IGNITE Program and shares what the Lord did in her life.

Part of life, part of being human, is having problems. We all have them. Whether our problems are internal, with another person, or because of past experience the problems innate to humanity need to be fixed. If something doesn’t happen in reaction to those issues, we become stagnant and unable to move forward. This is precisely the position I was in a year ago. I was hurting and more than anything else I just wanted to not feel anything.


Kenadie and her teammate, Abby, spent their field time in Costa Rica.

The Lord broke into my life this year in a way I could never have imagined. I saw His goodness in the people He put around me. His relentless love was lived out in a way I had never seen before. When His love was shone so brightly, it exposed the hurt and pain I was holding onto. I saw for the first time how much I had hardened and locked up my heart. I figured if my heart was rock hard and locked up behind a thousand walls, I didn’t have to feel hurt. My problems could go away. But, experiencing for myself His goodness despite my failures, broke me. It broke my heart to know how time and time again I had turned down the love He was offering me. I was looking for enjoyment and satisfaction in all the wrong places, and when that didn’t satisfy I blamed God for not being what I wanted Him to be, and I shut down. When un-dealt with sin began to eat away at my heart, I tried to shut down even more to ignore the fact that I was rotting from the inside out. So, I got to IGNITE hurting and in complete denial that I wasn’t able to feel any emotion.


Kenadie at Potter’s Field Kids Costa Rica.

It didn’t take God long to completely strip me of that. He didn’t let me hold onto any hurt or pain or keep any wall up. At first, it terrified me to let walls down. I realized how much I needed those walls to come down in order for the Lord to work in my heart but I still didn’t want to let anyone in just in case they hurt me. But the Lord’s love won! I don’t know how the Lord broke through those walls, but He did. Once He was in I never wanted Him to leave. This new intimacy with my Creator was everything my heart had been crying out for. In that place of surrender and vulnerability, I found freedom. The act I was trying to uphold no longer had a hold on me and in that freedom was incredible peace.

     My natural tendency is still to put up walls. I still want to shut down and ignore problems so that I don’t have to feel anything. When relationships get hard, I would rather hide than take the time to humbly talk it out. But the work the Lord began in IGNITE isn’t over yet. The things He taught me during training, field time, and re-entry I’m now getting an opportunity to put into practice at home. And it’s good. It isn’t good because it’s easy and fun and how I want it to look. It’s good because the Lord is in it. It’s good because I can go to sleep every night knowing that His love for me is enough to heal all wounds. It’s good because, for the first time, His love is changing everything. Instead of scraping by, I can now live abundantly. I’m living the best life.


IGNITE Class 12 and staff.




Service with Gratitude

IGNITE Class 13 intern, Hope Greenberg, of Calvary Chapel Boston, shares from her time serving on the Mudman Food Truck at the Calvary Chapel Pastors and Wives Conference at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs.

During training or even when I flew to Montana awaiting my field time I would have never thought what the Lord had for me. He ordained me to be on tour with PFM as well as my team that I am with 24/7. Being picked for Tour, I knew I was going to be serving at the tables on Sundays for sponsorship, selling Miss Pam’s CDs, and helping set up and tear down. And I have and am doing these things every service. I knew we had served previously at Mudman to help us prepare for the CCA Pastors & Wives Conference. But I had no clue the impact it would have on my life.


Potter’s Field presentation, Fall 2017.

On November 5th we finished packing up the service we had at Foothills Christian Fellowship and headed to Diamond Bar. We were going there to help the Mudman crew with the prep for an upcoming couple of days. My heart was not right as we pulled up to help. We got out of the car, and it seemed like there was nothing to do. I stood there for a few minutes waiting for a task for me to do. Then Jojo asked me to run for fries. I was so bitter, but the Lord was working in my heart. My flesh was incredibly weak. That whole night I fought with God as I carried the fries to the fridge and back. I had no clue what the Lord was doing in my heart as I faithfully did the job assigned to me. That night as we finished around midnight, I was ready for the Pastor’s conference. I was ready to serve the Pastors that constantly pour out to their congregations.


The Mudman food truck at the CCA Pastors and Wives Conference.

The next day the Lord gave me this gratitude and joy as I worked at Mudman for the next two days. I have never had this joy and thankfulness as I served the Lord in my whole life. In those three days of the Pastor’s Conference, I was able to serve the Pastors that have so faithfully heeded the calling that the Lord has placed upon their lives. I was able to serve my Pastor, my friend’s parents, and the pastors that taught me in my training. Those long days of prepping in Montana were used to bring me to be able to work at Mudman so I could serve these men and women.

It was not easy serving these longs days, but the Lord blessed it. He blessed me abundantly. In these days the Lord was putting on my heart, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). He was teaching me to seek Him and the Kingdom of God first. Then all these things will be added unto me. I was able to serve with my brothers and sisters in Christ in fellowship. I was able to lean on the Lord for strength to leave an impact on the people attending the conference.

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Interns (left to right), Hope, Mikaela, Rachel, and Caroline, serving with Potter’s Field’s Fall 2017 tour.

Stones of Remembrance

So excited to announce that Lamp Post Publishers and Potter’s Field Ministries is releasing a new book!

Stones of Remembrance, written by Pam Rozell, will be released in December.  It is Michael and Pam’s life story of redemption, the miracles of God and how He healed and restored a decimated marriage and resurrected it into a ministry that has touched millions for the past twenty-five years.

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Here’s what people are saying:

Kevin and I have been blessed by the Rozell’s testimony and have long supported Potter’s Field Ministries.  We never miss seeing their ministry when they come to town.  Stones of Remembrance is an expressive and powerful account of God’s transforming love, how He changed their lives, healed their broken marriage and set them on a course to bring hope to others around the world.  May you be uplifted and renewed in faith by reading this book.
Sam Sorbo, Actress, Author, Talk Radio Host, Writer/Producer, Let There Be Light movie in theaters now.

As you read about the lives of Mike and Pam in this wonderful book, you will see before your eyes and heart how the Lord took two people so deeply entrenched in this fallen world and lifted them out into being incredibly used by the Lord.
Pastor Don McClure, Chairman Calvary Chapel Association/Calvary Way Ministries

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Stones of Remembrance helps the reader feel as if they know Michael and Pam.  This book is going to inspire and motivate people to trust God in the midst of adversity and dream big for the Lord’s work.
Dave Hoffman, Pastor, Foothills Christian Church

This is a book you can’t put down.  Pam is open and honest about her struggles with her marriage, how God divinely intervened and their journey serving Jesus together.  Her life’s story is about God’s redemption and the restoration of a ruined and broken life due to poor choices.  A must read!
Gail Mays, Retreat and Conference Speaker, Author, Pastor’s Wife for over forty years with her late husband, Pastor Steve Mays



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A Vessel In His Hands

IGNITE Class 13 intern, Julio, has just finished three months of training in Guatemala. He shares about how the program has impacted his life and thanks those who support the work of Potter’s Field Ministries.


Dear Potter’s Field Sponsors:

My name is Julio André Castillo and I´m 20 years old. I was born and raised in Guatemala in a town called Morales, Izabal, but for the last 11 weeks have been living in Antigua, Guatemala.  For this part of my life, I am going through IGNITE Class 13 during the training phase. I got to know this ministry last year by my friend Natalia Navas, a staff member here in Antigua. While she was sharing her testimony with me and all that God has done and still was doing in her life, I found myself in awe. It was surprising to see the change in her life after a few months of IGNITE; it was something I didn’t expect from her. Seeing her face shine as she shared and knowing how God was using her life for His work started to move my heart. During that time, I was finishing my second year of Business Engineering in Universidad Francisco Marroquin. Without a real relationship with God, I was surviving, not living. Through some struggles of lacking purpose, purity, and self-identity, I didn’t care for His will. The only thing that remained was what I knew from Him since I was a kid: the desire to be His servant and something great for Him. My heart and prayer has always been the dream to live for God, but fear has been my obstacle. Although there were times in which I would try to commit myself to Him, I couldn’t endure and rapidly burned out.


This past June was a changing point in my life. I was still struggling with the same problems and it was so tiring physically, mentally, and spiritually in a way that nothing in my life looked to be working out. When suddenly, thanks to Natalia, I met Austin and Shannon Hiatt. That afternoon I had the opportunity to share some words with Austin and open a little bit of my heart to him. Not even knowing what was coming, Austin invited me to be part of IGNITE Class 13. I felt like all my prayers were answered. In spite of being afraid and doubtful, I left my school and family and accepted the invitation.

Since then it has been an eye-opening time. At the introductory lesson with Pastor Michael, I knew that for the first time in my life I was in the right place at the right moment with the correct people. Watching the potter demonstration, a movie of all my life was playing through my mind. I saw every moment of love, hardship, suffering, joy, and sadness. God told me that every day of life was required and assigned in His plan so that I could be there that day in Antigua. It didn’t matter my condition or sin; He had my life in His hands.

It is amazing how big the ministry is, and I would have never imagined there could be something like this here in Guatemala. It is a blessing what Potter’s Field is doing here with us; a blessing for my life and definitely for other Guatemalans too. God has used every classmate, lesson, staff, and pastor to speak to my life in a way I would have never known.



It is amazing the growth of my relationship with God in this process, I have shared the gospel more in the last eleven weeks than I ever did in all my life. In outreaches, hospital visits, or Kids Club, He is working in me. Before I wanted a god for my life, now my life is for God. The revelation of His sacrifice has set me free from my anxieties and fear, and I am walking in His freedom! It is a constant surrender of myself to the Lord, in my will or desires, because my love for Him has grown to a level in which I want to please Him. My heart now is breaking for the souls out here in my country. I want to be a vessel in His hands that He can use to reach people and share His love. I know that God is in my country and that He loves us. I know this first for having all of you with Potter’s Field, and because of testimony after testimony in the outreaches. We have been able to witness God´s faithfulness.


I thank you very much for all your incredible support. Your help has been used to build His kingdom in this amazing country. Your seeds have planted more seeds of salvation and joy in kids, young adults, and older people. I ask that our Lord bless each one of you by name and that He would give you back all you have planted with increase.

With much love,

Julio Castillo

A Letter of Thanks

Dear Sponsor of Potters Field Ministries,

  My name is Micah Clark. I am a nineteen-year-old New Jersey native who is currently living in Uganda, Africa with the Potters Field IGNITE program. I would like to formally thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I wish I could tell you face to face, but as of now, I will just have to do so over a letter. So thank you so much. I am unsure if you know all that your donations go to, but I have been a part of first-hand seeing and receiving the blessing that you have been and are. Here in Uganda, every Saturday we have a Kids Club. At Kids Club the children receive a Bible lesson and lunch. The children are nourished both physically and also spiritually. Some of these kids don’t get to eat every day, so this free lunch on Saturday is a guaranteed meal for at least one day. Your donation means something. And the children here have to pay fees for their education and with large families, even some single families, money is tight, so your donations go to help put Ugandan children into school so they can receive a better future.

Your donation goes to help sendthe interns to different parts of Africa too. Three other interns and I just went to a country named Burundi. Burundi is two countries away from Uganda and the second most impoverished nation in the world. With your donation, we not only assisted in a Pastor’s conference but also put on a Kids Club and Sunday school for the children. You also had the opportunity to provide food for the group of fifty pastors at this conference as well as a group of hungry, Burundian kids.


If you are at all curious if your donation actually makes a difference, it does. I have seen this first-hand. My time here on the field has been life changing. I entered IGNITE immature and just a boy, but I feel as my time wraps up I am maturing more and more every day and turning into a Christ-centered man. I certainly still have a way to go, but just the growth that has come out of this short season is more than I could ever imagine without it.

I wish you had the chance to see on your own what your donation does, just the impact it makes in the lives of the children here. The Ugandan kids are beautiful, energetic, playful, and just such bundles of joy. It breaks my heart to know they don’t get food, shoes, clothes, or basic life necessities sometimes, but your donation goes towards that. So I am so thankful for that.


As I have only a month and a half left in Uganda, I will be leaving soon, but my heart will continue to be here. So I thank you for your donations, and I thank you for your prayers, and I thank you for being a part of something bigger than you, even if you don’t get to see it first-hand.  I ask you that you would continue to donate for these kids. I am so thankful to know that every Saturday thanks to you as a Sponsor they will receive at least one meal for the day or even the week. I can’t express it enough of how thankful I am for you.

With much love and appreciation,

Micah Clark