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Africa 2006 Mission Trip

Africa – Day 5

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 11th, 2006

“It was another full day in Gulu,” said Westmont women’s soccer assistant coach Dan Ribbens who is traveling with the Warriors during their trip to Africa.

“The team split into two different groups and visited two refugee camps outside of Gulu,” continued Ribbens. The camps are a result of a 20-year-old civil war in Northern Uganda. “At both camps, we put on soccer clinics with the children. There were kids everywhere. After the clinic, our players were able to sit underneath some trees, talk with some of the refugees and share their faith.

Africa – Day 4

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 10th, 2006

“It has been quite an emotional day,” said Warrior head coach Rebecca Mouw of the Westmont women’s soccer team’s first full day in Gulu, Uganda. “We got up a 5:45 a.m. so that we could run with the invisible children.”

Due to fear of abduction, the children of the area around Gulu do not spend nights in their homes. Instead, they sleep in shelters overnight and then return to their homes during the day. Called ‘invisible children’ or ‘night travelers’, the practice is a result of 20 years of civil war in northern Uganda.

Africa – Day 3

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 9th, 2006

The Westmont women’s soccer team has made its way from Kampala to Gulu in northern Uganda.

“Everything happens at a different pace here and we got started later than we expected,” reported assistant coach Dan Ribbens, “but we made the trip without any problems. The local saying here is that Americans keep the time and Africans have the time.”

Two-thirds of the way into the five or six hour trip from Kampala to Gulu, the Westmont team crossed the Nile. “We crossed at an area where there was white water rafting and it was quite impressive,” said Ribbens. “We also found a profound culture change on the other side of the Nile. Kampala is a large city, but northern Uganda is much more tribal. Very few people from the outside come to Gulu. When we told people in Kampala that we were going to Gulu, they responded by saying they never go to Gulu.

Africa – Day 2

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 8th, 2006

On their second day in Kampala, Uganda, the Westmont women’s soccer team had opportunities for both ministry and for their first soccer match.

In the morning, the team visited with kids in a youth prison. The original plan was to play a soccer game with them, but it didn’t work out to do so. Instead, Westmont players visited with the kids. Several players had opportunities to share their testimonies of their faith in Christ.

Africa – Day 1

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 7th, 2006

Westmont women’s soccer has arrived safely in Nairobi and made their way to Kampala, Uganda on the north shore of Lake Victoria. Unfortunately, about 25 pieces of their luggage did not arrive at the same time as the team. However, all but four pieces have since caught up.

After a morning practice, the Warriors made their way into the suburban slums of Kampala.

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