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Goodbye to Kenya

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Editor:

I enjoyed my five months stay and ministry in Kenya. I am leaving for India on December 10.

It was a challenge for me to get out of my comfort zone in Kentucky and stay in Kenya with minimum facilities and lots of hardships. I am glad the good Lord kept me safe in his powerful hands. Prayers and encouraging notes that flew from Carrollton to Kenya were very helpful to get through everything. Though I lost some weight I never got sick. Thanks be to God!

I stayed with our CMI fathers’ parishes and institutions each month. I got enough time to listen to their inspiring mission experiences. They all kept me busy in different ministries. In fact, a weekly day off was out of the question. I celebrated Mass in four different languages in different parishes. I baptized many people, blessed seven weddings, officiated at a few funerals, gave first Holy Communion to more than 100 children and young adults, participated in a few conferences, etc.

Once more I had to use my engineering skills in the planning and construction of a dining hall, school and church. I didn’t get enough time to finish the construction. When I arrived in Kenya I started speaking Spanish mixed with Swahili but now I speak Swahili without much trouble. Last Saturday I conducted a one-day retreat for the people. More than 500 people attended. We started at 9 a.m. and finished by 5 p.m. Everyone stayed the whole time without eating anything. It was an overwhelming experience.

Mr. Gary Ford from Carrollton visited me. He brought a lot of greetings from Carrollton and carried a few packets of gravy mix. We visited Serengeti and Ngorongoro national parks, Tanzania and many places in Kenya and Uganda. Gary became friends with many. We all are praying for his speedy recovery.

I distributed through five parishes the donation I received from Carrollton ($4,300) to 84 poor children to pay their tuition fees. Most of them are orphans. On behalf  of them, a big thanks to all generous donors.

There is a lot of pressure from everywhere asking me to stay in Kenya but I expressed my dream of going home and later to my ‘Kentucky Sweet Home.’

I am looking forward to spending some time with my mother, siblings and CMI members in India. I am excited to celebrate Christmas in India after 16 years.

I miss Kentucky and the snowfall, Christmas decorations, etc. May God bless everyone with a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

My address in India: Fr. Kavungal Davy, CMI, D.M. Provincial House, Patturackal, Thrissur Dt., Kerala – 680 022, India.

Kavungal Davy