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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.

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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Lugulu Friends Mission Celebrates 100 Years of Ministry

On January 13, 2013, the clerks of all the yearly meetings and Friends Churches in Kenya joined together to celebrate the 100th year of ministry of Lugulu Mission Hospital. FUM Clerk Cliff Loesch and FUM General Secretary Colin Saxton were the guests of honor. The five hour celebration held many speeches, singing and worship. Commemoration festivities also included the planting…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – February, 2013

As we approach the general Kenyan elections on 4 March 2013, the eight presidential candidates have presented goals for their hoped-for presidencies. Economic matters are high on their lists. One candidate has pledged to create a million new jobs a year. In a country with only 40 million people, a million new jobs each year would make a huge difference…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – January 2013

My report entails three recent blessings. Before I left Kenya for Christmas in US, the new chair of the FTC board’s Development and Fund-raising committee went with a student, a faculty member and a driver to visit our sugarcane plantation. They took a picture of the cane, which appears on the back of the FTC Christmas card. When they returned…

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Eden Grace

Field Staff Reports: Eden Grace – January 2013

December is always a busy month, but this past December was even more so! 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…

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Lon Fendall

Field Staff Reports: Lon Fendall – December 2012

A CATALYST FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT Those who hear about the FUM Field Staff and see my title, “Academic Consultant” may wonder what such a person does at Friends Theological College. Sometimes I wonder what I do as well, but it’s a rewarding niche in one of FUM’s unique and important ministries, Friends Theological College. In a nutshell, the title means…

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Eden Grace

Field Staff Reports: Eden Grace – December 2012

Dear Friends, Every evening, just as the sun is setting, more than 100 boys and girls file into the classrooms at Loltulelei Friends Primary School for “Shepherd School” in Samburu, Kenya. They have just finished a full day’s hard work, tending the family’s herds and working in the home and garden, and now they come to school. The will spend…

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Ann Riggs

Field Staff Reports: Ann Riggs – December 2012

Dear Friends, Make a difference? Change the world? Build the Peaceable Kingdom? Think globally and act globally by shaping the future of Friends? Train African servant leaders who will proclaim the Good News in tiny traditional villages, in big city churches, in refugee camps, and in settled monthly meetings? Empower young people to share the love of God in places…

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