On June 8th, in a whirlwind visit, Fr. Silouan and His Grace Bishop Athanasius visited the students and teachers of the Bishop Athanasius Secondary School of Mugen, located in the Nandi Region of Western Kenya. Teachers and students welcomed His Grace and Father with traditional African songs and dances, communicating their commitment to educating their people. As Julius Kiprotich, seminarian and Teacher shared, “Education is the key to our success.”
The teachers and students were delighted to take His Grace and Father around the school compound and to show them their classrooms, as well as the water tank that was recently gifted to the school by Orthodox Africa and their generous donors. This water tank allows them to collect and store rainwater for domestic use, including drinking water and water for cooking.
This resource allows them to manage when they experience African dry spells.
Later, Father Silouan sat with the students and teachers, encouraging them in their studies and in their faith. Julius Kiprotich, reported that since Father’s visit the school has had an increase in enrollment. When asked what it was that was so inspiring to students, Julius shared, “It’s rare here to see a white person with whiskers.” Perhaps it was his “whiskers” and smile, or maybe it was his inspiring words. However, by the Grace of God, the school is in need of additional classrooms including a science and computer lab, in order to accommodate the increase in students and the educational aspirations of this beautiful community.
Father Silouan, Metropolitan Jonah, Andrea and a few of our local supporters conducted our first Orthodox Africa Parish Presentation at Saint John the Baptist ROCOR Cathedral in Washington DC. We are very grateful to the parishioners of Saint John’s especially their rector Father Victor for their hospitality prayers and support of the Orthodox Church in Kenya.
At the end of July 2016 our director, Father Silouan, had the privilege of serving with Father Agapios, a full time native missionary in Kenya who primarily serves destitute orphans from the Kibera Slums outside of Nairobi.
During his visit, we joyfully enlisted many new Christian warriors into the Orthodox Church through the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Chrismation.
At the same time, we formally and prayerfully dedicated Saint Tabitha House to the mission of assisting as many orphans as possible escape from the destitution of life in the slums.
While the actual services took well over five hours, one of our volunteers has created this beautiful ten-minute summary video so that all of our faithful supporters can enjoy a small taste of this great joy.