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The Catholic Telegraph, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, published an article on returned Maryknoll lay missioners Mike and Kathy Gable and their unique beisbol ministry in Venezuela:

Missionaries, the Cincinnati Reds, the Venezuelan Air Force. A number of improbable things came together in 1990 to create Davey Concepción Field in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.

• Cincinnatian Mike Gable, his wife, Kathy, and their four young sons had been assigned to serve as Maryknoll lay missioners in Barquisimeto.
• Broomsticks and bottle caps helped the Gables connect with local Venezuelan Field youth in two neighboring barrios.
• Davey Concepcion had retired from the Reds and moved home to Venezuela.
•The Venezuelan Air Force had an overgrown, garbage-strewn, flat field at the edge of its Barquisimeto air base.

The baseball ministry the Gables started in 1989 continues to promote local leadership and team work in the barrio until today, saving many from drugs and gangs.

Read the full article here.

Also available in PDF format.