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May 6, 2020

St. Peter Rigena Orthodox Orphanage and School

What Reverend Father Johnson Otara Hezekiah and Pappadhia Irene Moraa began with the blessing of Bishop Athanasius Akunda of blessed memory in June 2018 has begun to bear fruit!

Following pastoral visits, fourteen (14) orphans were identified, and with their guardians, began to visit St. Peter Regina Orthodox Church. The small community were in support of the philanthropic ministry that the parish was beginning to conduct. Fr. Hezekiah and Pappadhia Irene started a feeding program from their own small garden and church members started providing food and clothes to the children.  Since that time six (6) children are full boarders.  A small dormitory was built, along with an administration building.  Due to lack of bedding, the remaining eight (8) children do not board at St. Peter Rigena but are fed through the feeding program.  Recently, crops of maize and beans were planted.  The seedlings have germinated and are growing well. This is indeed a blessing!  With God’s mercy, they will grow strong and be harvested for the benefit of all.

Following the injunction of Orthodox Africa to become a self-sustaining mission, Fr. Hezekiah and Pappadhia determined that owning cows for milking and calving would be the best start on that road.  To that end, through the support of Orthodox Africa donors and the local church, a small parcel of land, enough for two cows was purchased. Nappier grass for the cows to feed on will be planted.  A structure for the cows is partially built. Once it is completed a cow can be purchased. Step-by-step, St. Peter Rigena Orphanage and School walk the road to self-reliance.  This has been possible only through the generosity and love of Orthodox Africa donors.

Recently Father Hezekiah held a “Mothers Seminar” was organized for all the churches in Kisii to teach them about self-reliance and the importance of giving offerings to the church.

Please keep Pappadhia Irene’s mother in your prayers. She continues to be in hospital with a liver illness and is undertaking medication for the problem.

The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.  Rains come to water the crops.  Laughter is heard as the children play and learn.  Through His prophet Malachi, God said, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in!”

Thank you, dear Orthodox Africa donors, for all of your support, both prayer and financial.  Without them Father Hezekiah, Pappadhia Irene, and the faithful of St. Peter Rigena Orthodox Church would not be able to do the work of the Lord.

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