nate and kelley taube


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Kelley is the counselor. Nate is the coach. January 2011 we packed up our Chicago bags and our 8-month-old baby and bought two one-way tickets to Quito, Ecuador. The baby came with but all he needed was a luggage tag. We traded our Chicago skyline for a view of the Andes mountains in order to do coaching through our sports club, Casa Deportiva Cumbre Alta and counseling at an International school and beyond. Since then, we thought we’d ensure our biculturalism by adding another baby to the family: this one with an Ecuadorian passport! We moved here because we believe God will use us to help kids know His love. But that’s only a small part of the story …

Nate moved to Argentina along with his family when he was three years old. There he developed a life-long love of soccer and acquired the unmistakable sound of an Argentine accent. Kelley’s parents hauled her down to the jungles of Ecuador to live when she was just three weeks old. Not that she had much choice at that point, but she loved life in the jungle, running barefoot and always sporting a pile of twigs in her curls.

Kelley and Nate met at the ripe age of thirteen at the same international, Christian school Kelley has returned to. Somehow through the awkwardness of adolescence Nate developed his second life-long love: Kelley. Fast-forward through two high school and college graduations, one marriage, seven years of life in Chicago, and two babies and they are back right where they started at thirteen … hopefully with a little more to give and a lot more years to come.

 

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  • Soccer: It’s how we share Christ Casa Deportiva Cumbre Alta (CDCA) exists to reach the highest levels of Ecuadorian sports while we share Christ with those in our sphere on influence. As a club, we have begun to do both. Every player who participates with CDCA has heard a clear presentation of the Gospel this season. ...
  • Soccer coffee For being a soccer coach I spend an awful amount of time at coffee shops. Of course I spend tons of time on the field too, but more and more I find myself sipping coffee. Soccer opens up the door, coffee deepens the relationship.     As I sit across the table from ...
  • Film night Casa Deportiva Cumbre Alta is about discipleship. It’s about getting to know our players, investing in their lives, and through that discipling them to take further steps with Christ. We also want to be really good on the athletic field. So we get together after a game. Our players come over ...
  • Connecting with San Francisco de Pinsha A group from Georgetown College arrived last week to help deepen Cumbre Alta’s connections to the local community. San Francisco is the community that we have partnered with, who will allow us to use their field in exchange for helping them maintain and improve the field along with providing additional ...
  • The dream I dream of a day in the not so distant future. The sun is shining. The grass has just been cut. Cumbre Alta has a field of its own. Not just a field, but a stadium. Seats 20,000 people. The stadium is full. We’ve made our way through the 5 ...
  • Tournament Time Cumbre Alta is going to be allowed to play the lowest level of Ecuadorian soccer. This is a massive step for the club. Though it is the lowest possible rung of the Ecuadorian soccer ladder… you can’t start anywhere else. Until now we had not been able to participate in ...
  • Women’s soccer There are so few women soccer coaches in Ecuador. Women’s sports in general have not been fully developed here. The truth is there are few opportunities for women in sports in general in Ecuador. Cumbre Alta means to change this.   Last year we worked with a team that was playing at ...
  • The year ahead 2013 was a great year for Cumbre Alta. It was a learning year and I learned a lot.  I learned a lot of things I need to be doing as a coach. I learned a lot of things that should never be repeated. Being part of the coaching staff for ...