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11 August 2006


Africa: Celebration and Challenge - preview

Mural painted by Hazel Ann Morris. More photos at

Mural painted by Hazel Ann Morris. More photos at
Africa is big and has many problems
  • But nothing can suppress the small stories of hope
  • This was the message for Sussex & Surrey General Meeting held at Woking in June

  • Neccy Kikaya's family come from Luduguyu village in Western Kenya, where Neccy's grandmother, Minyoso, was an evangelical pastor at the Quaker church (Friends Church of Western Kenya)
  • Minyoso became a pastor because she was good at organising and recruiting new members
  • She couldn't read or write, but she knew her bible – new recruits, we discovered, must attend bible study classes before they can be crowned as members
  • In Nairobi, where Neccy was crowned, the Quaker Meeting has both silent and programmed Meetings, which allows you to go into the silent Meeting for as long as you can sit still, then switch to the programmed Meeting running concurrently next door! In Kenya, Quakers are from the evangelical tradition, as were the American Friends who arrived there in the early 1900s, founded the Friends Church of Western Kenya and provided education, training and medical care for the locals
  • Although their schools are now run by the government, American Friends still run a hospital in Kaimosi

  • Kim Lanning, Sussex East MM

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