Trees do not Rain, they are Planted!!!



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.


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.


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


“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.


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.


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

Karibuni sana!!!

Fr.  Norman Labutan,  SVD

Emmaus Walk


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.


“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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

On a Pilgrimage


Last Thursday all the priest from the Archdiocese of Arusha together with the Archbishop Emeritus Josaphat Louis Lebulu, the auxiliary Bishop Prosper Lyimo, Myriads of Religious men and women, Christian Mothers, Men and Youths, made their annual pilgrimage to the hills of Kisongo.

As it is the norm, the pilgrimage is made in a prayerful WAY OF CROSS that stretch about 2 KM from the CAANAN Children’s Home uphill to the top of the hill where sits the diocesan cemetery.


At the beginning, the pilgrims participate in the act of kindness from their lenten fast, which they donate to the children’s home that takes care of over 30 orphaned children, and ends with a prayer for our departed brothers at the cemetry.


Later in the evenining, the Archidioce celebrates the Chrism Mass, that is one week before the Holy Week, because of the vastness of the geographical distance of many of the parishes. This allows all the priests to be present in their parishes for the important events of the Holy week.

We thank God for the good weather that reigned on this day after two weeks of continuous downfall.

Fr. Lawtence Muthee, SVD

Is Being Young Today a Mistake?


SVD Youth Mass in Arusha

There is a proverb in Swahili that says: “Wazee ukumbuka,  vijana ukumbushwa” (The old remember,  the youth are reminded). This is something I have confirmed in my years of ministering to the youth.  It is a fact of life that young people are forgetful and it is difficult for them to concentrate on one thing for a long time.  This is their reality and it does not change easily. Even trying to change that is not the solution.


What the young need is a constant reminder.  It is the nature of the ministry with the youth.  A lot of patience is required.  The youth are easily discouraged by little scandals. When they sense a negative attitude towards them they easily withdraw to their own-made safe-havens.  However,  these people are the best and most trusting when they find a place of refuge. Someone who believes in them and encourages them loving them the way they are.


Many people have a mistaken attitude towards youth.  Whenever they get a chance ttoaddress them,  they use the podium to critize anything and everything about the youth.  This is an exercise in futility.  The youth cannot be instructed through negative criticism. They need someone prepared to walk with them as they painfully undergo the process of transformation towards maturity. All of us underwent that process. They need someone who identifies himself or herself with them,  like the things they like and form they with love. Someone who allows them to be their age.

Another important thing for the youth are events.  Just as their own lives are dynamic in terms of growth and education,  they as well appreciate different events and movements.  This helps them to dissipate the enourmous energies they have.  Manual work and drama is part of the ingredients.  If they do not get these in the convectional circles,  they will definitely look for it in unconventional ones. Their can be no vacuum in the lives of the young people.


Lastly,  we cannot ignore the youth and think we are helping the society.  These are the strong pillars holding the society.  They need to be natured to take leadership roles here now, so that they can easily take over when their parents retire.  Not doing so creates a vacuum that is not easily filled.

We are all urged to make deliberate efforts to understand the world of the youth and help them be the best they can. To do so,  it is important for us to work on changing our negative attitude towards them.

Fr.  Lawrence Muthee,  SVD