Dear Family and Friends,
Fr. Vladimir (Papa Emoru) and I (Mama Apua) greet you with our sincere gratitude. Thank you for your love, prayers and monetary support.
The goal of our fifth Mission trip, June 17 to July 3 to Turkana in Kenya was to replace their tree church with a cement block church dedicated to St. Nicholas in Lokichar. One afternoon, Fr. Zachariah, the pastor, showed us the site for the Posho Mill also to be installed this month.
Our Team travelled with Archbishop Makarios to Loupwala for the consecration of St. Peter’s Church built in 2012.
On the last leg of this trip, we visited the Orthodox Turkana Community lead by Fr. Herman in Kitale. This is the home of the corn mill (Mama Apua Posho Mill). Many of you helped with the funds for these Mills and the deep wells in Lockichar and Loupwala.
As part of the first Mission Team to Turkana in 2007 we have witnessed the growth of the Orthodox Church. There are now thirteen Orthodox Communities. Many of these people in “the bush” had never heard The Good News of Jesus Christ. Trained Catechists and four priests now minister to these communities.
Our Turkana Brothers and Sisters say “Ejoka Noi” (THANK YOU). They will soon worship in their beautiful church, built with the labor and love of many people. There will be no greater satisfaction than to see the love and joy on their faces as they worship, sing and dance in the church of St. Nicholas.
Your prayers sustained us during our travel and days in Turkana. God bless your generous missionary hearts.
With love, prayers and gratitude in our hearts,