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Friends in East Africa

In just a few generations, the Friends community in East Africa has been transformed from a mission project of American and British Quakers into a network of more than a dozen yearly meetings in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and beyond.

Today, East African Quakers represent a solid majority of the Religious Society of Friends worldwide, and they continue to grow in numbers, experience and self-reliance. Friends in East Africa are now completing the missionary cycle, sending their own gospel workers to share the good news of Jesus Christ in other regions of the Africa continent.

East Africa is home to a wide variety of Friends projects. Some of these were founded many decades ago by earlier waves of North American and British missionaries. Many others have been established more recently through the autonomous efforts of Friends in East Africa. All of these mission sites represent the ongoing work of Friends United Meeting in Africa.

FUM News in Brief – September/October 2014

Kaptama Health Centre Vision Camp on Mt. Elgon, Kenya By John Muhanji It was a moment when the dark mountain became bright and nature could be seen from its true colors — a moment when a cloudy atmosphere disappeared from the face of Julius who now saw his wife differently. Julius’s eye sight was invaded by cataracts many years ago….

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Turkana Friends Mission Update: August 2014

Turkana Friends Mission (TFM) was founded in the northwest corner of Kenya in order to create Christian communities for outreach, discipleship, education, peace, integrity and sustainability. Our mission’s goal is to reach, equip and energize these communities spiritually, mentally and physically. Three new churches have been established in the last few months, in the villages of Lolim, Naringelup and Kaituko….

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Video: “Today, God Sent Me To Bring Peace…”

Sammy Letoole, Director of the Samburu Friends Mission, arrived in Baragoi, Kenya, in the middle of the Turkana settlement, a tribe in conflict with his own Samburu tribe. Surrounded, he believed they thought him a spy. Letoole shared with confidence, the words on his heart. “Today, God sent me to bring peace… The work of the church is to initiate…

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Update on Robert Wafula Support Raising

Help us color this tower of books! At the conclusion of Triennials, the monthly pledge total for Robert Wafula’s ministry account was at $1400, that’s $4800 less than is needed. It would be a great encouragement to students and faculty at Friends Theological College if Robert could be there at the beginning of the school year in late August. Can…

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Update Letter from Robert and Nancy Wafula

Dear Friends, Greetings. I hope this letter finds you doing fine. We feel incredibly honored to have you and your family investing in us to commence our ministry at Friends Theological College, Kenya. We still have a long way to go. As you pray for us, we would like to keep you in the picture of what has been happening…

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FUM News In Brief – July/August 2014

Update on Kaimosi Hospital Friends United Meeting entered into a temporary arrangement with East Africa Yearly Meeting eight years ago to restore Friends Hospital Kaimosi from the brink of collapse. The hospital’s situation was dire, and Friends around the world answered the call with an outpouring of prayer, volunteer time and financial resources. Under FUM’s leadership, the hospital became financially…

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Video: Learn About the Education for Esther Project!

“My name is Eden, and I’d like you to meet some Kenyan girls who want to go school. They come from the Samburu and Turkana communities, where girls don’t have much of a chance to attend high school.” “There’s a lot of poverty in these parts of Kenya; most families can’t afford to pay for their children to go to…

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FUM Announces Handover of Kaimosi Hospital

Friends Hospital Kaimosi has been handed over to the National Council of Churches of Kenya Eight years ago, Friends United Meeting entered into a temporary arrangement with East Africa Yearly Meeting to restore Friends Hospital Kaimosi from the brink of collapse. The hospital’s situation was dire, and Friends around the world answered the call with an outpouring of prayer, volunteer…

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Grassroots Ministry: Energizing and Equipping in Uganda and Tanzania

By Marian Baker Within a week of retiring, I had a deep sense that God was calling me to go encourage women in ministry in East Africa and not to be tied to any one institution. Since following that leading, I have been amazed at what God has done. It has been far more than I could have dreamed. I…

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Equipping to Serve: Through Education

By Robert J. Wafula I became a committed Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior at age 10. My parents recognized and respected this spiritual change in my life and allowed me to go to Sunday school. I remember I became curious as to why we closed our eyes whenever we prayed. I asked my father, “Papa, why…

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