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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.

Ann Riggs

Friends Theological College: FUM General Board Report 2014

The other day I was privileged to visit the archives of Five Years Meeting and Friends United Meeting at Earlham College. The roots of what is now Friends Theological College lie in a program of study originally for indigenous male elders of the East African meetings offered from 1931 and then, for women elders from 1933. Minute # 22 of…

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Friends Theological College Announces New Principal

The Friends Theological College Board of Governors, together with Friends United Meeting, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Robert J. Wafula to serve as Principal of Friends Theological College (Kaimosi, Kenya) beginning in mid-2014. Dr Wafula is an alumnus of Friends Theological College, St Paul’s United Theological College, Earlham School of Religion and Ohio University. He is a…

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FUM News in Brief – September/October 2013

UPDATE: Double Your Gift, Double the Impact Spring 2013 Matching Gift Opportunity FUM is thrilled to announce that through the faithful, generous response to the matching gift opportunity, the goal of $45,000 was exceeded. A total of $52,597.26 was received, allowing FUM to start the new fiscal year prepared to equip and energize the worldwide community it serves. Your continual…

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Friends Theological College Update – July/August 2013

By Ann Riggs We rejoice at the success of the first session of our revised, school-based (modular) Diploma in Theology curriculum. Students began the new curriculum in April at Kaimosi, but will continue their studies at home until the next session in August. The revised curriculum has a stronger emphasis on pastoral application of the skills and knowledge learned in…

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FUM Field Staff Updates – May/June 2013

Friends Theological College Update By Ann Riggs For quite a long time students have been able to study for pastoral ministry through their yearly meetings while living at home, but these programs have not awarded accreditation documents. Members of the Friends Theological College (FTC) Board of Governors have for some time been concerned that these local programs have been drawing…

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Eden Grace

Field Staff Reports: Eden Grace – March, 2013

I have had the honor of being involved in many projects that are in the realm of institutional development with our various partners such as Lugulu Hospital, Samburu Friends Mission and Turkana Friends Mission, yet much of my time and energy has been spent in the development of Kaimosi Hospital. It has been helpful for me to think of Friends…

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John Muhanji Update – March/April

The last year has been challenging and encouraging. Africa Ministries has seen yearly meetings come together in cooperative ministry, and there has been an increased unity of purpose among Friends in Africa. We witnessed the combined conferences of Quaker Men and the United Society of Friendly Women (USFW) Kenya prayer meetings. The strong collaboration between FUM and Friends Church Kenya…

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A Brief Report by the National Education Secretary, Zadock Malesi – March/April

The education secretary assumed office in September of 2012. One of the first projects subsequently completed was the development of a questionnaire disbursed to 20 principals in counties that have Quaker schools. It was hoped that the information gained would provide quality data, creating a proper roadmap for beginning this ministerial work. The responses revealed several challenges: inadequate funding; inadequate…

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Eden Grace Ministry Update – March/April

Colin Saxton, FUM’s general secretary, visited Kenya in late November and was able to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with my family and me. During that visit, he asked me to take on a special short-term assignment helping Friends Theological College reorganize its accounting system. With the dawn of the need to raise funds for scholarships and operating costs, the college has…

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Ann Riggs Update – March/April

Before I left Kenya for Christmas in the US, the new chair of the Friends Theological College Board’s Development and Fundraising Committee, along with a student, a faculty member and a driver, visited our sugarcane plantation. They took a picture of the cane, a picture that appears on the back of the FTC Christmas card. When they returned, they shook…

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