When we started the boy's academy, we announced the team name for the official 30 boy roster would be the Buena Vista Rhinos (or in Spanish, Los Rinos de Buena Vista).
Here's a quick summary explaining "why the rhinos?".
2 facts: Rhinos cannot see beyond 30 feet. Rhinos can run between 30-40mph.
Those 2 facts together make no sense! Could you imagine driving 40 mph in your car and not seeing 30 feet ahead of you?
But what makes the rhino special is that he will not run top speed
alone. A pack of rhinos is called a "crash" - because when they get
together, they run their hardest, without any concern for
what lies ahead. They know that, together, they can run through
What we are trying to do with the next generation of leaders in
Buena Vista at times seems impossible. Our hope is to lead these boys to
break generational cycles of abuse, absence, addiction, and spiritual
emptiness. Many dad's beat their wives and kids because they have
never seen a man in their life who didn't. The root of the problem runs
As we spend the coming years digging in and attempting to bring
life, hope, and grace in Jesus name to these future men, they will need
each other in order to stay strong. That's where the rhino
concept comes in.
Just like the lead rhino runs hard, leading the pack, encouraging
the others to run harder... these boys will look to their "lead rhinos"
to push them. While we (mynor, myself, others) will take
on that role of "lead rhino" in the beginning, our prayer will be
that leaders begin rising up within. Then as life's journey moves along,
the lead rhino will naturally rotate, allowing various
teammates to step up and lead while the loyal crash runs hard
I know that for me personally, my rhino crash is invaluable. They
encourage me, challenge me, push me, convict me, and call me out. They
love me deeply. We share life together
and we carry one another's burdens.
I pray that these BV boys will form their "rhino crash" - running
hard for Jesus, growing together in their faith, and leaning on one
another as they face their community together... a group of
young men who love the Lord and their neighbors, work hard, respect
women, and live lives of integrity.
Eventually, may the influence of the rhino crash of buena vista spread like wildfire and have a transformational impact in this place.