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Steve Phillips and Father Kieron
Bosham’s Bring and Buy sale at Our Lady of the Assumption church brought encouraging news for the Kenyan parishioners at Mivumoni.
The traditional English stalls were well supported and raised more than £1800 - all of which will be sent to Fr Joe Kengah at the Parish of Our Lady of Annunciation at Mivumoni, south of Mombasa, Kenya. Visitors included the Vicar and parishioners of Holy Trinity Church at Bosham – good friends.
The organisers, led by Steve and Kate Phillips, welcomed 150 visitors to stalls offering a tombola, cakes, drinks, bric a brac, toys, a silent auction, books, cakes and a raffle.
The raffle awarded 20 prizes and raised £700.
As a reminder of the Cause being supported, pictures were on display, taken in Kenya four years ago, by Mrs Winnie Walls and her daughter.
Fr Joe serves a parish of almost 100 sq kms with a population of more than 8000. There is a central church and seven outstations. Roads are rough.
New churches are initially built of simple materials; but when funds permit, more permanent structures follow. Worship is dynamic!
Children dancing at Mass
They support a center treating epilepsy - founded by Fr Joe. There is an orphanage nearby.
Father Joe will be visiting Chichester in 2004. Meantime, this message goes out to him and his supporters from Father Kieron and Steve Phillips
|"We are delighted that once again the Bosham 'Bring and Buy' event was a great success. Through the efforts of many people from the community of the Church of the Assumption, the sum of £1832 was raised. This will be forwarded very shortly to Fr Joe Kenagh for him to apply as he sees fit, in the Parish of Mivumoni near Mombase in Kenya. We look forward to hearing about how the money is used - and to another personal visit from Fr Joe in July 2004!"|
Dear Fr.Kieron, I am just reading your email now and have not been to the bank yet - I will go tomorrow. I have seen the pictures. Thank you very much indeed. The concern you have shown is great. I understand even the Vicar was there - thank you for that honour. I am looking forward to my coming next year….Once again thank you a million. My love and prayers to you and the parishioners. Joe.
For more detail on the Church's success in Mivumoni, see the features on Mivumoni.