Trees do not Rain, they are Planted!!!

 

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Trees are one of the most important component of our ecosytem because they play a very important role in maintaining the cosmic balance. Some of the functions of trees include: Purifying the air we breath, Providing a cover that prevent soil eroion, breaking strong winds that help in reducing the damage on crops and infrastucture, they attract rains and conseve soil moisture by there shade. All these uses are only possible when the trees are alive.

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However, human beings tend to ignore these important functions of the trees and capitalize on other uses that are only possible with dead trees. I would rather not mention them here. Planting trees is not a hard thing to do, but taking care of them until they grow needs commitment.

After cutting the naturally grown trees that we did neither water nor take care of, it is now not time to lament about the changing climate, which is the repercussion of our actions, but rather the high time we started planting more trees and taking care of them seriously. It is our responsibility to secure the well being of the next generations since we are the ones who have destroyed what we inherited from our fathers. Each one of us need to take an active role in caring for the environment.

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It is in recognizing this important responsibility that Our SVD run Immaculate Primary School in Mihang’o, Nairobi, led by the school director Fr. James Mburugu and over 50 community leaders set on a tree planting exercise on Saturday 14, 2018. We at Jambokentan would like to applaud them for putting into action the tree-planting-campaign that for many only end in big television shows and words that never translate into actions.

Involving the young children in this exercise will also inculcate in them the sense of collective responsibility in taking care of our common environment. We only urge them to make sure that these trees do not die but rather grows into a forest.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee, SVD

Somwere to Lay the Head

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“Warm welcome – Trinity Villa”

It has been a long wait for the confreres working in our Holy Trinity Parish elect In Morombo,  Arusha.  On the glorious celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, Trinity Villa, that will finally house them making it easier to serve the people, opened its doors to th parishioners, who were eager to witness the fruits of their generous financial contribution as well as their earnest prayers to thet Lord.

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The priests assigned – Fr. Peddy Castelino & Fr. Norman Labutan were happy to receive them in their new home. As a sign of welcome, everybody received a piece of cake. Likewise, children enjoyed sweet lollipops given to them.

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We congratulate and thank all who contributed towards the realization of this important parish amenity.

Karibuni sana!!!

Fr.  Norman Labutan,  SVD

Emmaus Walk

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It is an event that was initiated in the 1990s by the SVD confreres in Nairobi,  involving the young people in the parishes that they were running those days, namely: Kayole,  Soweto and Ruai.

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“Emmaus Walk” is an event that takes place every Monday after the Easter Sunday.  It is today a very famous term amongst the youth in all the dioceses where we the Divine Word missionaries work.

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From Nairobi Archdiocese,  it spread first to Eldoret diocese before reaching the Archdiocese of Arusha in Tanzania.

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This year the event was held in all the three dioceses.

In Arusha the youth walked from our Parish Elect in Morombo and ended in Burka Parish.  On the first section of the 8 Km stretch,  the youth walked in pairs sharing about the events of the resurrection.

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In the second section they sensitized the community on the importance of caring for the environment by collecting plastic bags and bottles on the roadside, which they symbolically burnt in Olasiti parish, together with a chain made of papers and placards symbolizing the burning of the old-bad -habits and starting new life. Here too they read the first reading and the Psalm.  The mass had began in Morombo until Gloria.

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Then they arrived at Burka Parish where the mass continued, read by the Archdiocese youth cordinator Fr.  Cyril Mollel.   After mass they shared a meal and then a volley match competition among the three parishes and one outstation. More than 200 young people participated.

In Eldoret,  the walk began at the Cathedral and ended in Kimumu SVD parish. In Nairobi they started in Mihang’o and finished in Kayole. According to Fr. Arata Sato, the Parish Priest of Langas Parish, the experience has been getting better every here. “In Eldoret”, he said, “the youths from the three SVD parishes are also joined by many students from the University of Eldoret and the Kenya Plytechnic.

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We congratulates all the youth who participated in the Walk and the confreres who made it possible.  It has been a monumental witness to the risen Lord in all the places we passed.

Fr. Lawrence Muthee,  SVD