Friday, July 25, 2008

Turkana Friends Mission in need of regular support - Fri 7/25/2008

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Turkana Friends Mission extends vital outreach for the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in East Africa. With an independent board of governors, the mission sponsors Friends churches, water projects, primary and nursery schools and scholarships for female high school students.

Could Monthly Meetings in your area band together to create a partnership with these special Quakers?

In this semi-arid region of north-western Kenya beset by poverty and drought conditions, Friends' witnesses provide hope, and Friends' worship expresses joy that many people in Turkana have discovered by following Jesus Christ.

> Click here to find out about Kenya and Turkana through links.

Learn more about Turkana Friends Mission - Kenya, on the web page of Friends United Meeting:

Turkana is one of the poorest regions of Kenya, often troubled by armed fighting with neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Pokot and the Samburu. Characterized mostly by nomadic pastoralist communities, Friends in Turkana live simply and lack material resources, but they are rich in Christ's love and joy.

You can help needy Friends in Turkana by contributing funds through Friends United Meeting.

Monthly, quarterly or annual pledges help the mission staff and volunteers to plan their activities.

Your gift will:
  • Sponsor a secondary school student
  • Promote education for girls, who often marry young
  • Help bring water to thirsty communities
  • Educate new pastors
  • Provide transportation for pastors to reach members in rough terrain
  • Promote peacebuilding and conflict resolution
  • Plant churches in remote areas

> Click here and specify that your gift is for "Turkana Friends Mission - Kenya" when you make your online gift, or write it on the memo line, if you send a check to:

Friends United Meeting Global Ministries
ATTN: Turkana Friends Mission contribution
101 Quaker Hill Drive
Richmond IN 47374-1980 USA.

Update from John Muhanji, FUM African Ministries Office Director:

The Turkana issue is a big challenge now, since finances and support have drastically gone down.

Last month they received $ 186.00 instead of $ 2000.00.

These were the only funds that had come in. The more funds dwindle, the more problems increase in the area. It is a challenge and half.

But the mission is very faithful and they use the little they get very efficiently. I love those people but I lack what to do for them....

Each of our FUM Project Partners got a grant from the FUM Relief Fund (for the post-election crisis), and Turkana Friends Mission used it to support the IDPs (internally displaced people) in Lodwar.

These are Turkanans who had been living in the central Rift Valley for decades. They have been trucked to Lodwar and dumped there [by government officials] with no assistance from anyone. There isn't even a pit toilet in the camp!

Our pastors and church members [some of whom have been trained in the Alternatives to Violence Project] reached out to them, providing food and other humanitarian aid.

For more information, contact Terri Johns at Friends United Meeting:
email: terrij - at -
tel: (765) 962-7573.

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