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The faithful in Nyeri, a county in the Central Province of Kenya, were begging His Grace Bishop Neophytos of Nyeri and Mount Kenya to start an Orthodox church, “even under a tree.” But His Grace had a better plan.
Preferring to start small communities with a church, even in the simplest forms, he blessed the construction of St.s Nektarios and Moses Orthodox Church. This mission church, constructed to hold 150 people was started by eight faithful members willing to travel as far as an hour to attend services. This three-week construction project was completed on May 29, 2016, with their first Divine Liturgy.
Week One: Calling the Faithful
We made phone calls of all the orthodox faithful living in and around the Nyeri town. We also worked on leasing the land for three years and paying it through all the legal process. It was a
Week Two: Laying a Foundation
In the initial stages His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa came to Nyeri and saw the site. He was touched and he took a small icon of Saint Nektarios and cemented on the cornerstone of the altar, blessing the project with these words, “May Saint Nektarios sanctify this place and may this church grow into a big metropolis center.”
Week Three: Construction
Construction began following His Grace Bishop Neophytos’ enthronement. The church is a simple structure of walls, roofing and iron sheets.
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Orthodoxy is ready to thrive in Kenya. If you are interested in supporting the mission efforts of Kenya and her Orthodox clergy, you can go to the Orthodox Christian Mission Center or OCMC.org. Be sure to specify in your memo that you are supporting their work in Kenya.
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