Hope College Women's Soccer, Planting Seeds and Growing Hope

Five Hope College women’s soccer student-athletes on this season’s roster have travelled to Africa, Central America and Asia as SEED program participants. SEED stands for Sport Evangelism to Equip Disciples, and over the past three summers, 121 Hope student-athletes, along with a more than a dozen Hope coaches and staff, have brought compassion, care and Jesus Christ to eager children and their families.

What memories were made and lessons learned from going around the world with SEED?

Senior Megan Bigelow, a business and economics double major from Flushing, Michigan, went to Ghana in 2018.

In Ghana, I met people who lacked much more than me in material goods but were so, so much richer in love for the Lord. That single statement is something I still chew on today. It is easy to sit and talk about how I need to act more grateful, but the emotions I felt in Ghana from the kids and families were so genuine, I can’t explain it. To me, it is not just adding a segment to my prayers about thankfulness; it is about finding ways that I am brought back to the authentic, unconditional love the Ghanaians had for God. I owe Ghana for the courage I found in myself to accept my journey as it was and to continue to find ways to be the hands and feet of the Lord in the most authentic ways I can. 

Read more insights from Hope student-athletes who made SEED trips.