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Mission in Kenya

May 31, 2009
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At ‘the Way’ Enfield and through our Study Circle we have been supporting Mission work in Kenya.

Here is some feedback that we have had from one of our attendees – whose wife is Kenyan and who took over gifts on our behalf.

have just returned from Kenya . The journey went well. Most of the week we spent in Nairobi with two days in Nyeri town in the Central Province, Mount Kenya looking over us. It was a time for farewell to my father-in-law Mzee Andrew Kamau (1919-2009). The Roman Catholic funeral service took place in Kariumba village in the Nyeri District. It was a time for celebration of an extraordinary life. Mzee had been discouraged from joining the school in his childhood – looking after his father’s goats was far more important. This may explain Andrew’s dedication towards education later in life especially when he was involved in politics. He continued to be a patron for a school for servant class children until his departure from this life. I am lucky to have spent some time with him. Mzee always remained open-minded and he never stopped exploring. Through our travels together in Kenya Mzee Kamau also became a friend of many Orthodox Christians. He is greatly missed by the youth of the Kibera parish of St George for his inspiration and encouragement. Father Lazarus of Hagia Sophia of Riruta, Nairobi was present representing the Holy Orthodox Metropolitanate at the funeral.
In Nairobi I visited the Orthodox Teachers College of Africa . Wanjiru (Anne) and Mumbi (Lucy) could not believe when they were told I had come to see them. First they thought it is a joke! These are the girls who were supported by the WAY and have been able to continue in education through the direct help from the participants of the WAY and the Russian Orthodox parish of the Dormition of Mother of God in Holborn (thanks Eugene !). The good news gets even better here! Wanjiru and Mumbi have worked very hard, not only have their circumstances been beyond our imagination in terms of hard ship and suffering, but they have pass marks lowest being 79% – just plain A’s all the way.
(Gal 6: 10)
Archimandrite Fr Innocentios also expressed his gratitude. It is important we continue to support these students. The Orthodox Church of Kenya depends on our help and donations, especially now during the international recession. Even greater threat to stability in Kenya is the global warming. Crops are failing and we will be faced with widespread famine later this year. His Eminence Makarios already organises maize flour deliveries to various parts of the Republic. In Muingi area, North-East from Nairobi , where Father Lazarus has started an Orthodox mission has not seen rain for the last ten years.
In Nairobi the Orthodox Church provides vital services for the local community with no strings attached. She is in the service of peace and ethnic tolerance – well, after all she is in the service of Christ. During my visit at the Riruta centre the local clinic was visited by Cypriot doctors providing free check ups and medicine. The whole place was also preparing for the visit of the Patriarch Theodoros II. His regular visits to Kenya emphasise the growing importance of the East African Orthodox Christianity.
We were also able to discuss about the future of SGEAT ( St George’s Empowerment Action Trust) with the Vicar General Father Siluanos Mwangi and Father Moses Ngugi. The trust has been able to restore the sense of self worth of those in the Kibera community. The songs of the Kibera Orthodox Youth Choir can be heard on http://www.sgeat.org.uk. Donations are urgently needed!
The parish of St George has now a fully equipped clinic open to the surrounding community. The plot already has a nursery school and a lot of improvements are on the way thanks to the support received from the Antiochian Orthodox Parish of St Botolph in London . Through this assistance (£400 already received) the clinic can employ a watchman to guard expensive equipment and medicine. Father Moses has promised us an update very soon.
In general Kenya remains ethnically deeply divided. These divisions are deepened by competition of numerous protestantist cults often backed from the west. The coalition government formed under pressure from the international community is very ineffective both sides making decisions the other side is not aware of. The infrastructure is hugely undeveloped education still being a privilege only for a few. Opportunities do not exist in a country that nobody invests in. The learned have moved abroad. Access to healthcare is very limited or non existent and fasting is a daily practise. Alarmed by HIV the West wants to drown Africans in condoms.
There are two major forces now in Kenya providing some sense of peace, stability, progress and renewal of infrastructure for the future: Islam and China .
Look forward to seeing you soon!
Lazarus

I  have just returned from Kenya . The journey went well. Most of the week we spent in Nairobi with two days in Nyeri town in the Central Province, Mount Kenya looking over us.

In Nairobi I visited the Orthodox Teachers College of Africa . Wanjiru (Anne) and Mumbi (Lucy) could not believe when they were told I had come to see them. First they thought it is a joke! These are the girls who were supported by the WAY and have been able to continue in education through the direct help from the participants of the WAY and the Russian Orthodox parish of the Dormition of Mother of God in Holborn The good news gets even better here! Wanjiru and Mumbi have worked very hard, not only have their circumstances been beyond our imagination in terms of hardship and suffering, but they have pass marks lowest being 79% – just plain A’s all the way.(Gal 6: 10)

Archimandrite Fr .Innocentios also expressed his gratitude. It is important we continue to support these students. The Orthodox Church of Kenya depends on our help and donations, especially now during the international recession. Even greater threat to stability in Kenya is the global warming. Crops are failing and we will be faced with widespread famine later this year. His Eminence Makarios already organises maize flour deliveries to various parts of the Republic. In Muingi area, North-East from Nairobi , where Father Lazarus has started an Orthodox mission has not seen rain for the last ten years.

In Nairobi the Orthodox Church provides vital services for the local community with no strings attached. She is in the service of peace and ethnic tolerance – well, after all she is in the service of Christ. During my visit at the Riruta centre the local clinic was visited by Cypriot doctors providing free check ups and medicine. The whole place was also preparing for the visit of the Patriarch Theodoros II. His regular visits to Kenya emphasise the growing importance of the East African Orthodox Christianity.

We were also able to discuss about the future of SGEAT ( St George’s Empowerment Action Trust) with the Vicar General Father Siluanos Mwangi and Father Moses Ngugi. The trust has been able to restore the sense of self worth of those in the Kibera community. The songs of the Kibera Orthodox Youth Choir can be heard on www.sgeat.org.uk. Donations are urgently needed!

The parish of St George has now a fully equipped clinic open to the surrounding community. The plot already has a nursery school and a lot of improvements are on the way thanks to the support received from the Antiochian Orthodox Parish of St Botolph in London. Through this assistance (£400 already received) the clinic can employ a watchman to guard expensive equipment and medicine. Father Moses has promised us an update very soon.

Listen to songs from the Orthodox in Africa

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