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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.

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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Eden Grace

Field Staff Reports: Eden Grace

Updates from Eden Grace – September 2012 September is always a big month in the financial management aspect of my job. As FUM’s fiscal year closes on 30 June, and the months of July and August finds me out of the country, September becomes the month for chasing loose ends, entering all those pesky year-end journal entries, tracking down missing…

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Staff Reports: John Muhanji

Updates from John Muhanji What made you laugh? The month of July was one of the most fulfilling. We visited the highest part of Mt. Elgon called Kaboywa where we have a Quaker church and a school close to the forest with people who have never been visited. When the children in class saw our vehicle crossing the school field…

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FUM Africa Ministries

By John Muhanji – FUM Africa Ministries Representative, Kisumu, Kenya The month of July was one of the most fulfilling times in my ministry. We visited the highest part of Mt. Elgon, called Kaboywa, where there is a Quaker church and a school, built in 1952 by Quaker missionaries. The children, who were in class, saw the vehicle we were…

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FUM Field Staff Updates

Sam and Becky Barber, Eden Grace and Ann Riggs were in North America this summer. We hope you had the time to visit with them and enjoy stories of their exciting ministires. Please continue to pray for all our field staff as they engage in equipping and energizing Friends all over the world. News from Sam and Becky Barber (Belize…

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May 2012 FUM Ministry of the Month — Africa Ministries Office

In 2004, Eden Grace, her husband, James,  and their two boys, Isaiah and Jesse, arrived in  Kenya to join with John Muhanji, a Kenyan  Friend, in establishing the Africa Ministries  Office of Friends United Meeting. Later Judith  Ngoya was hired to make up this staff of three. Since the opening of the office in 2005, there  has been a great…

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A Revival of the Peace Testimony

By Eden Grace, Africa Ministries Office field staff In late December 2007, most Kenyans were surprised and shocked when the disputed presidential election sparked widespread chaos and violence. Kenyans see themselves as peaceful people and think of their country as a haven of stability in a rough neighborhood. Over the previous decade, Kenyans had looked at Rwanda, Sudan and Somalia…

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