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Mission To Africa
Fr. Andrew, Floyd, Felice, Maria and Michael Colburn with Metropolitan Macarios in Kenya. They visited the seminary and attended Vespers. The Diocese of Kenya has over 300 Parishes. The Mission team will leave Nairobi and travel to Bukoba in Tanzania. Floyd Frantz and Fr. Andrew are helping OCMC full time missionary Felice with an alcoholism awareness program in Bukoba. This included a three day seminar for local priests, information was also presented at meetings and seminars with parishioners.
The seminary choir sang the responses in English and Swahili. After the services, the team returned to the African Inland Missionary Guest House where they are staying while in Nairobi.
The Divine Liturgy at the cathedral in Nairobi with Father Innocentios. The catherdral was built in 1953 Orthodoxy came to Kenya in 1921 by missionaries sent from Greece.
This is the cathedral where Father Andrew served the Liturgy on Sunday - St. Anargyroi.
We also visited a orphan elephant sanctuary in Nairobi.
The overnight ferry boat on lake Victoria. The compartments were small and uncomfortable Floyd and Fr. Andrew left Mwanza at 9 PM and arrived on the west side of the lake near Uganda at 8 AM. the next morning.
Arriving in Bukoba.
Downtown in Bukoba.
The mission team riding to the first seminar on alcoholism. This is normal cab travel. Everyone piles in. Floyd snapped this photo from the front seat. Everyone was singing "Christ is Risen" in Swahili.
This photo was taken during the seminar. Thirty five people attended. There was a lively discussion and many questions. Floyd and Fr. Andrew will return next week.
The location for the first seminar was held at an Orthodox Church next to Lake Victoria in one of the most beautiful places Fr. Andrew said he had every seen.
Group photo in a traditional tribal home. Most people live in regular houses but some still maintain their tribal life style.
The entire OCMC mission team with Archbishop Jeronomous of the diocese of Mwanza Tanzania. This photo was taken after the Paschal leave taking liturgy.
On the first of the three day seminar, Floyd Frantz lectured about the difference between social drinking and problem drinking which can lead to alcoholism . The seminar was held in English and translated by Mwaliba who is an English teacher in Bukoba. He is also one of the founding members of the Orthodox church in Bukoba.
On day two, the lecture was about alcoholism and its effects on each member of the developing family. Growing up in a family that has an alcoholic parent creates certain roles which are expressed in compulsive behavior as adults because of the anger, fear, shame and guilt.
Day three outlined the Big Book, the 12 step program, and the twelve traditions of Alcoholic's Anonymous with instructions for the clergy to support the establishment of AA groups in local parishes.
Fr. Andrew was invited by Archbishop Jeronomous to preach the sermon at the Ascension Liturgy. Fr. Paul from Mwanza translated.
Group photo of all the priests who attended the seminar. Some of the priests in attendance were the first Missionaries that established the Orthodox Church in the Bukoba Mwanza Diocese.
Gifts from the Archbishop were given out by Fr. Andrew to the priests who attended the seminar. The Archbishop could not be present because of his busy schedule.
A banquet for all participants was held at a local restaurant which included goat, chicken, fish, potatoes and cooked bananas called matokai.
Sunday Liturgy at St. Eleftherios Church in a small fishing village north of Bukoba.
The sermon was on the meaning of the Nicene creed. The same creed composed at the first ecumenical council is recited by all Orthodox Christians around the world and unites all of us. Fr. Pollycarp translated the sermon into Swahili.
The faithful of the parish were anointed with oil from Saint Herman of Alaska's relics and given wooden crosses from Jerusalem. The church needs a supply of crosses. Orthodoxy is the fastest growing faith in Tanzania.
Fr. Pollycarp and family standing in front of the church. Notice the cell phone tower in the upper right above the church. As in the U.S. it seems that everyone has a cell phone.
Fr. Pollycarp, Papadia, and their children They have been at St. Eleftherios parish for just one year.
Scenic view with a future monastery in the distance on the crest of the hill overlooking Lake Victoria. At this time there is only one monk.
The fishing fleet. The fish are loaded on to trucks and taken to a processing plant in Bukota This is a major industry on Lake Victoria.
Walking through the village. Notice all the banana trees. Bananas are the staple food of the Haya people. They are served cooked or eaten raw. They also grow pineapples, yams, casaba, and peanuts.
Father Luke Visits
While Father Andrew is on his mission to Africa, we were lucky to have Father Luke available to fill in for him on Sundays. Here Father Luke is blessing the children at the end of Liturgy.