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Third Presbyterian Church/
Kihumo Presbyterian Church
Partnership visit—October, 2015
A History of the Kihumo Parish
Third Presbyterian Church Partnership
 In the early 2000s, the World Peacemaking and Missi...
Africa
North America
Area: 11,506,000 sq mi
Countries: 45
Area: 9,390,000 sq mi
Distance: Arcadia Natl Park
to San Francis...
Mt. Kenya, 5,199 m
17,057 ft
Africa’s 2nd highest mountain
Nairobi elevation 5,890 ft
Lake Victoria 26,828 sq mi
elevation...
October 2015 Kenya Travelers:
• Becky D’Angelo-Veitch
• Susie Kieren
• Lynn Lambert
• Emory Morris
• John Wilkinson
Our home for our stay—
PCEA Hospital
Orthopedic
Guest House
“shopping area” near the church
Our travelers and the Kihumo Elders
Approaching the
school and church
An evening at Elder
Mary Hinga’s home
We shared a wonderful
Kenyan meal and then sang
hymns and songs that Susie
accompani...
Signing the
covenant
Final dinner at
Elder Leonard’s
The elders gave us all
a piece of clothing in
traditional Kenyan
style and fabric
Our
Hosts
School where Baraka church held its first gatherings
The rectangular outline where folks are sitting is
the footprint of what will eventually become the
new church. The curren...
Apartments
right next
to the
Baraka
Church
There are currently 40 or so children
in the Baraka Sunday school. They
currently are in a cramped space,
and hope to move...
John preached and Susie played oboe for worship at both churches
while we were there.
Worship leaders gathered for prayer before and after each service.
(Emory, John, Elder Leonard, a guest liturgist and Elde...
We shared a delicious meal in the
school where Baraka used to worship
as they were starting the church about
two years ago...
Inspecting the
Brigade
Boys and Girls brigade, similar to the
scouts, are an important part of the
ministry of the church ...
Worship
at
Kihumo
Presenting the communion
table cloth we made for their
congregation
Becky prays for the children
We all ...
A day at the
Nairobi Park!
The Nairobi National Park is a huge (45 square miles) protected park located just
a few miles from the city center of the ...
A very strange view to see the city in
the background where a giraffe grazes.
So
many
G
I
R
A
F
F
E
S
Lions!
We saw lions in two
places—here the
lions had just made a
kill--
We had a cautious picnic
after our tour—
the “don’t feed the baboons
as they can get violent”
signs kept us on full alert!
Lynn had us all doing yoga
poses named for some of
the animals we saw—
Samuel especially took to
it!
Baboons and an
interesting tree
at the Nairobi
National Park
Giraffe Center
Boy, did we have fun
feeding those giraffes!
(they have an 18 inch long
tongue that feels like warm,
wet sand-paper!)
Elephant
Orphanage
The Church of the Torch—
Nairobi
The
Manse
Manse—back view
Interior
views of
the manse
0 2 7 12
14
birth
wean fertile 1st kidswean
months
0 2 7 12
14 wean fertile 1st kidswean
2nd generation
KIHUMO GOAT PROJEC...
Goals:
• improved family nutrition
• improved farm productivity (manure)
• increased income (improved housing, school fees...
GOATS!
Natural breeding: 1
buck services up to
25 does
Artificial insemination:
limited accessibility in
Kenya
New construction project behind the
church—space for nursing mothers,
bathrooms and meetings.
Architect’s plans
PCEA Kihumo School
1st Toilets
2nd
Nursing
Mothers
3rd class-
rooms
toilets
Offices, meeting
rooms
Under con-
struction
pavillion
school
road...
With a revised direction of housing policy for the presbytery,
the parish manse has become the new focus for school expans...
road
Proposed playing fields
Proposed swimming pool
Manse plot:
approx 100 x 400+ ft
or 1 acre plus
Possible
extension
add...
Final pictures with our new friends. . .
Visiting the
Rungeri
Presbytery
offices
(Pastor Thairu and John with Presbytery Moderator &
Stated Clerk)
With
Timothy
Njoya
PCEA
Denominational
Offices
John and Pastor Thairu with
the Rungeri Presbytery stated
clerk and the General Secretary
and Moderator of the PCEA.
The
Moderator
addressing
our group
Selfie with the PCEA
moderator and
General Secretary
Rungeri Presbytery clerk,
PCEA Moderator, John,
PCEA Secretary genera...
Maternity
room at the
PCEA
Hospital in
Nairobi
Presbyterian University of East Africa
Presbyterian
University
of East Africa
Library
Library at the Presbyterian University
that our church helped to support
Saying goodbye
Almost Home!
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  1. 1. Third Presbyterian Church/ Kihumo Presbyterian Church Partnership visit—October, 2015
  2. 2. A History of the Kihumo Parish Third Presbyterian Church Partnership  In the early 2000s, the World Peacemaking and Mission arm of the Outreach committee began to explore a partnership with a church in Africa.  In the winter of 2007, Robert Veitch and Rod Frohman traveled to Kenya, where with the guidance of Rod’s seminary classmate the Rev. Dr. Timothy Njoya, the partnership was established.  Subsequent trips happened in October 2008 (Ry Foye, Judy Gordon, Ronna Grimes & Rod Frohman) and February 2011 (Tom Klaseus, Scott Stratton-Smith, Karen & Don Pryor & Rod Frohman).  Members of the Kihumo parish visited us in September 2011 and at Rod’s retirement in June 2012.
  3. 3. Africa North America Area: 11,506,000 sq mi Countries: 45 Area: 9,390,000 sq mi Distance: Arcadia Natl Park to San Francisco 3842 mi (highway) 4850 mi 4600 mi Countries: 3 + 6
  4. 4. Mt. Kenya, 5,199 m 17,057 ft Africa’s 2nd highest mountain Nairobi elevation 5,890 ft Lake Victoria 26,828 sq mi elevation, 3,680 fr Lake Superior, 31,800 sq mi Distances (mi, by road): Nairobi to Mombasa 318 Nairobi to Kisumu 237 Rochester to New York City via Thruway 380 mi
  5. 5. October 2015 Kenya Travelers: • Becky D’Angelo-Veitch • Susie Kieren • Lynn Lambert • Emory Morris • John Wilkinson
  6. 6. Our home for our stay— PCEA Hospital Orthopedic Guest House
  7. 7. “shopping area” near the church
  8. 8. Our travelers and the Kihumo Elders Approaching the school and church
  9. 9. An evening at Elder Mary Hinga’s home We shared a wonderful Kenyan meal and then sang hymns and songs that Susie accompanied on her oboe.
  10. 10. Signing the covenant Final dinner at Elder Leonard’s
  11. 11. The elders gave us all a piece of clothing in traditional Kenyan style and fabric
  12. 12. Our Hosts
  13. 13. School where Baraka church held its first gatherings
  14. 14. The rectangular outline where folks are sitting is the footprint of what will eventually become the new church. The current worshipping space will become Sunday school classrooms.
  15. 15. Apartments right next to the Baraka Church
  16. 16. There are currently 40 or so children in the Baraka Sunday school. They currently are in a cramped space, and hope to move in to the current worshipping space when the new building is complete.
  17. 17. John preached and Susie played oboe for worship at both churches while we were there.
  18. 18. Worship leaders gathered for prayer before and after each service. (Emory, John, Elder Leonard, a guest liturgist and Elder James)
  19. 19. We shared a delicious meal in the school where Baraka used to worship as they were starting the church about two years ago. We were joined by the musicians and church leaders.
  20. 20. Inspecting the Brigade Boys and Girls brigade, similar to the scouts, are an important part of the ministry of the church with children and youth in the congregation and community.
  21. 21. Worship at Kihumo Presenting the communion table cloth we made for their congregation Becky prays for the children We all shared in the service— whether praying, preaching, teaching songs, accompanying hymns or offering meditations. John preaches while Susie shares her music.
  22. 22. A day at the Nairobi Park!
  23. 23. The Nairobi National Park is a huge (45 square miles) protected park located just a few miles from the city center of the capital city of Kenya the only such ecosystem of its kind so close to a large city. It is home to over 400 species of animal. We saw many including Giraffes, lions, gazelles, rhinos, hartebeests, ostriches, zebras, water buffalo and many birds.
  24. 24. A very strange view to see the city in the background where a giraffe grazes.
  25. 25. So many G I R A F F E S
  26. 26. Lions!
  27. 27. We saw lions in two places—here the lions had just made a kill--
  28. 28. We had a cautious picnic after our tour— the “don’t feed the baboons as they can get violent” signs kept us on full alert!
  29. 29. Lynn had us all doing yoga poses named for some of the animals we saw— Samuel especially took to it!
  30. 30. Baboons and an interesting tree at the Nairobi National Park
  31. 31. Giraffe Center
  32. 32. Boy, did we have fun feeding those giraffes! (they have an 18 inch long tongue that feels like warm, wet sand-paper!)
  33. 33. Elephant Orphanage
  34. 34. The Church of the Torch— Nairobi
  35. 35. The Manse
  36. 36. Manse—back view
  37. 37. Interior views of the manse
  38. 38. 0 2 7 12 14 birth wean fertile 1st kidswean months 0 2 7 12 14 wean fertile 1st kidswean 2nd generation KIHUMO GOAT PROJECT: Parish gave goats to poorer members; Third gave capital Lactation duration ~8 mo Births: single, twins occasionally triplets Recommended new sire after 2 to 3 years for genetic diversity
  39. 39. Goals: • improved family nutrition • improved farm productivity (manure) • increased income (improved housing, school fees, etc.) Cost of pregnant she-goat in Kenya: ~12000 Ksh or ~ $130 US (Kenya Govt website, no date)
  40. 40. GOATS! Natural breeding: 1 buck services up to 25 does Artificial insemination: limited accessibility in Kenya
  41. 41. New construction project behind the church—space for nursing mothers, bathrooms and meetings. Architect’s plans
  42. 42. PCEA Kihumo School
  43. 43. 1st Toilets 2nd Nursing Mothers 3rd class- rooms toilets Offices, meeting rooms Under con- struction pavillion school road class class class office Temp class Lunch room kitchen KIHUMO CHURCH COMPOUND Not to scale sanctuary Third church funds supported finishing the school from a Building of four walls and roof
  44. 44. With a revised direction of housing policy for the presbytery, the parish manse has become the new focus for school expansion and its completion stands at the top of our project priorities. KIHUMO PRIMARY SCHOOL THE WAY FORWARD 2015 Covenant renewal/extension lists Kihumo priorities in this order • The Manse project as part of the school • Baraka church finishing works • The nursing mothers project • Other small projects to enhance worship and running of the school [building construction start Dec 2015] [building construction underway Oct 2015]
  45. 45. road Proposed playing fields Proposed swimming pool Manse plot: approx 100 x 400+ ft or 1 acre plus Possible extension additional class rooms 2 stories 8 rooms garagePresent Manse unfinished but under roof Proposed accommodation for elderly KIHUMO PRIMARY SCHOOL THE WAY FORWARD • Convert unfinished manse structure to classrooms to accommodate pre-K thru 8 • Enlarge building as needed (offices, labs, computer lab, kitchen, dining room, etc.) • Develop playing fields and swimming pool
  46. 46. Final pictures with our new friends. . .
  47. 47. Visiting the Rungeri Presbytery offices (Pastor Thairu and John with Presbytery Moderator & Stated Clerk)
  48. 48. With Timothy Njoya
  49. 49. PCEA Denominational Offices
  50. 50. John and Pastor Thairu with the Rungeri Presbytery stated clerk and the General Secretary and Moderator of the PCEA.
  51. 51. The Moderator addressing our group
  52. 52. Selfie with the PCEA moderator and General Secretary Rungeri Presbytery clerk, PCEA Moderator, John, PCEA Secretary general and Pastor Thairu
  53. 53. Maternity room at the PCEA Hospital in Nairobi
  54. 54. Presbyterian University of East Africa
  55. 55. Presbyterian University of East Africa Library
  56. 56. Library at the Presbyterian University that our church helped to support
  57. 57. Saying goodbye Almost Home!

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