As a whole the people of Canterbury have been extremely generous with time and money. Linda Hixon just returned from Nepal, where she went on a dentistry outreach with her son Ricky. In the Philippines, we have sponsored two seminarians at St. Andrews Theological Seminary, Florence Ayban and Helen Papsa-ao. They have both graduated. Helen plans to enter the Anglican priesthood; Florence is already a priest and has a Chinese congregation in Manila (she has had to learn Mandarin in order to give sermons!). We were also sponsors of a movement to free elderly women prisoners from the Correctional Institute for Women in Manila, and these efforts paid off in 2005 when the Philippines president pardoned many of the women whom we were sponsoring. Most recently we sent a contribution to repair the church of St. Isidore the Farmer in Romblon, Philippines, under the Rev. Josie Atilano. They have already repaired the church (which was destroyed in a typhoon) and are holding services again.
And in Kenya, we are in partnership with the Rt. Rev. Lawrence Dena, assistant to the Anglican Archbishop in Nigeria, who visited and spoke at Canterbury last year and confirmed at St. John's Cathedral. We are sponsoring two seminarians at St. Paul's United Theological College in Limuru, Kenya, the Rev. Lucy Dawa and the Rev. Edward Mgaza, with the help of the N.W. Deanery.
We have also been assisting the nursing school at St. Luke's Hospital near Mombasa, which has many needs. The Diocesan Committee awarded St. Luke's Hospital $2500 in 2008 for support of the nursing school.
We have many opportunities for involvement, in particular for the Nursing School in Kenya. We need some help and advice from anyone, particularly people who are already involved in health care and know something about it, who might help us get textbooks and supplies, or who would simply like to give that school a financial contribution.
OLD SLAVE BELL. This is the bell at Kangolene which warned former slaves that they masters had arrived in the harbor to try to recapture them.
The Faith Alive mission in Nigeria is a very ambitious project. Here is their web site:
Episcopal Relief and Development