Reporting from Uganda

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 13th, 2015


Westmont Women's Basketball traveling in Uganda

Westmont Women’s Basketball traveling in Uganda

By Karlie Storkson

Day three and four in Uganda have been as much of a whirlwind as the first two. We began day three doing morning devotions with all of the Sports Outreach Institute (SOI) staff before they headed off to their different projects. We really enjoyed the engaging time of fellowship and were able to hear about God from people with different cultural lenses.

After, we were able to head to Nateete to visit with children in the school there that is run by SOI. Lauren McCoy shared her testimony with the older kids and I (Karlie) shared the story of Jonah and the whale with some excellent actors helping me out. The kids then performed a traditional Ugandan dance for us. We then headed back to the hotel for lunch and to rest before our basketball game against the Ugandan National Team.

Our game was supposed to start at 4:00 p.m., but we got in a traffic jam (typical for Uganda) and we didn’t arrive at Lugogo Arena until 10 minutes after tip-off was supposed to be. But since this is Africa and we are on Africa time (which means everything is chill and or late) it was fine and we played the match. We ended up losing but it was a hard fought match. We went out to pizza dinner with the national team after and enjoyed hanging out and talking with them. We went to bed as soon as we got back to the hotel to rest up because we were going to play the same team again the next day.

The morning of day four we had a version of fish and chips for breakfast. Meals are different here. And we are getting accustomed to them. We went to Kawempe and ran a basketball clinic in the same space as the church service that we went to there on Sunday. It was a blast. Then we went back to the hotel to eat lunch and rest before our game.

We got to the arena early today and were able to get nice and warm for the game. But the person who was bringing the Ugandan National Team’s uniforms to the gym got stuck in a traffic jam. So the game started a little late. The Warriors came out guns-a-blazing and pulled out a victory over the Gazelles of Uganda.

What was even cooler was after the game, Krissy was able to share her testimony of how she learned that her identity was not in basketball or school, but in Jesus alone. She spoke in front of a packed house and a television camera. And this is all after she lit it up on the court by draining threes to give the Warriors a comfortable lead towards the end of the game. Her freedom and execution in her play gave her a powerful platform with which to speak the truth to the basketball community in Uganda.

We’re currently eating pizza in an Internet cafe. And all content to be drinking soda and enjoying American food. We drive to Gulu tomorrow (seven hours in a bumpy bus driven by our chauffeur and hero Wilfred). The Warriors are continuing on their mission.