Today at Saint Barnabas Orphanage and School we had the blessed pleasure of baptizing and welcoming eleven new Orthodox warriors into the Orthodox Church. Of the eleven, two are teachers at the school and nine are students.
The newly illumined were as young as three years of age up to age 30. Newly illumined Moses and Mercurius, who are twins, were sponsored by Kentigern and Barbara. Newly illumined Stephen, Matthew and Irene were sponsored by regular supporters of Orthodox Africa. I was blessed to sponsor newly illumined Isaac, James, Andrew, Joachim, Peter and Stephen.
May God grant these new Orthodox children of God many, many blessed years!
While it was a day full of joy, it was difficult to see the sadness in the eyes of a couple of the boys. They have been crushed by life here in Kenya. It is hard to see a child suffer.
I hope that through the prayers of their Godparents, our supporters, and their entrance into the One Holy Orthodox Church they will someday soon experience the joy that Christ offers to all of us despite the difficulties that we often experience.