TRP Board Member Brad Cornish and his wife Marcie came out to visit our programs in Uganda, here are some of their thoughts and reflections from their journey.
Our trip to Uganda in late October/early November was a blast, and reaffirmed our belief in the wonderful work of The Recreation Project! Besides some wonderful time spent with Ben and Holly, we both had the opportunity to share some parts of our lives with our other new friends in Uganda. This is a great over-simplification, but we found the events that The Recreation Project hold to have a lot of similarities to a Young Life camp in the United States.
Marcie drew upon her eight years of Young Life leadership by conducting a half day training of The Recreation Projects wonderful facilitators. Besides having a lot of fun in the new games and activities she taught, Marcie was able to share how these can be used to teach life lessons.
Brad has coached softball for 16 years, and was able to use that experience to lead a two day baseball clinic for sixty 10-13 year olds. Many of the boys have played for a few years through TRP’s Waveland Academy, and they already have some impressive skills. The Colorado Rockies could use some young Ugandan arms in their bullpen! Teaching the boys enthusiastically participate in new drills and seeing them compete in scrimmages was a thrill.
It was rewarding for both of us to be able to find what God has had in our lives for so many years be transferable to our new friends in Africa. And again, we came away with a renewed respect for the how The Recreation Project is dramatically changing the lives of Ugandan youth and young adults. Ben, Charles, Irene, Mike, and all of the other leaders/facilitators: Keep up your remarkable work at TRP!