Africa an eye-opening experience for Esk

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

If Robert Brown and Joe Montford wanted, they could likely hold court in the Eskimo dressing room this summer telling stories about life in Africa.

After spending a month on a Christian mission in Africa with Montford and B.C. Lion defensive back Mark Washington, Brown returned to his Edmonton home this week.

"It was an unbelievable experience," said Brown.

It was a mission for Athletes in Action, an organization that uses sports as a platform for Christian athletes to spread their faith.

"We had a day camp where we went out to a soccer field and played with kids," recalled Brown.

"It started out with 12 to 15 kids, but by the end of the day there were about 200 kids.

"You could tell these kids had nothing because they were running around barefoot, had old clothes and some hadn't had showers.

"And some of them had skin disease.

"But they were smiling and having a good time running around."

However, seeing the child poverty definitely rocked Brown for a short period.

"The toughest thing for me was seeing kids drinking out of a drainage ditch where people had been urinating," he explained.

"It really shook me up for a couple of days."

On a happier note, Brown visited with rugby and cricket teams.

And he even had a chance to talk with South Africa's team of athletes heading to the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.


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