No.20 – Africa 2017 part 6 – List of easylanguages involved; Asian Conference in 2018

We are very grateful for this list for East Africa and note it is gradually increasing :

Marachi, Lukhayo, Swahili(for Kenya) and Ekegusii – already started by Bp Isaac (Busia, Kenya) and Cardinal David (Kisii)
Kinyarwanda, Kinyamurenge and Kirundi – already started or encouraged by Revd Celestin and his wife Liberatha in Rwanda/Burundi.

Kamba, Meru, Masai, Gikuyu & Somali from Chaplains and friends in Kijabe.

Dholuo (for Kenya) from Caren in Kisumu.

Then in Busia, Kenya we were much encouraged by Cardinal Protus and Bp Isaac’s church.
Seline helped by Bp Isaac agreed to start easyTeso.

On to Busia, Uganda where Bp Wilson Waswa told us that the joint Lugwe+Lusania NT will be published soon.

Back to KAMPALA and two exciting days:
CONFERENCE on Tuesday 2nd May – 8 of us discussing :

Sango (CAR), French for Africa, Lingala, Zande, Juba Arabic, Arabic & Bari (South Sudan)

CONFERENCE on Wednesday 3rd May we continued talking about above plus Luganda as taxi-manager’s Pastor Joseph had joined us from N W Kampala.

THEN WE TRAVELLED TO PASTOR JOSEPH’S CHURCH FOR A WORSHIP SERVICE WITH ABOUT 50 PEOPLE ON A WED AFTERNOON. WE LAID HANDS ON BISHOP ISAAC AND ASKED GOD TO BLESS HIS LEADERSHIP AS AFRICAN LEADER FOR EASYBIBLES. AMEN!

On the plane home i met Wendy with her Dutch partner and small child. She promised to help check easyGikuyu….

I shall persevere with emails with people from more distant contacts who were unable to meet with us this time – particularly Frank and Sauli from Tanzania (re Tanzanian Swahili & Dholuo) and Henok from Ethiopia (Amharic). But Henok has finished Mark at level A and is seeking friends to start the many languages of Ethiopia. Also we, of course continue with Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Zambia, Algeria, Namibia, Lesotho, S Africa, Namibia, Eritrea, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Zimbabwe…..

TOTAL NO OF LANGUAGES MOVED FORWARD FOR EAST AFRICA = 26 approx, so far – from 25th April to 3rd May 2017 – PRAISE GOD!!

Similarly, Ps Khupkam Vaiphei (easyVaiphei) in Manipur has found a volunteer to start a second language there. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE ASIAN CONFERENCE EARLY NEXT YEAR!

I realise that the feature image of a child’s rainbow should have 7 colours and lacks indigo. Bp Isaac told me that Kenya is leading the world in accepting gay people. Amen!

No.19 – Africa 2017 part 5 – Last day; Wed 3rd May; African leader

We left our hotel with George to go to a 4 star restaurant with Narcisse from CAR (doing easySango), his friend Kia Moss (starting easyJuba Arabic and Arabic, Pastor Joseph and A to visit Ps Jojeph’s church in N W Kampala.

On a Wednesday, they had no meeting but quickly gathered together about 50 people to hear about easyBibles from Bp Isaac and myself.

WE THEN ALL PRAYED AND LAID HANDS ON BISHOP ISAAC FOR HIS ROLE AS ‘AFRICAN LEADER FOR EASYBIBLES’.

No.18 – Africa 2017 part 4 – Back to Kampala

We were given lunch in the border town of Busia, Uganda by Bp Wilson Waswa who had been helping Sudanese refugees settle into N Uganda and hopes soon to finish the NT in a combined orthography of easyLugwe and neighbouring Lusania – following the insistence of the Ugandan Education Authorities.

So on Mon evening (May 1st) we returned by bus to Kampala to the same ‘Holiday Express Hotel’, and were met again by Taxi Manager George and his Pastor Joseph – who has since started easyLuganda.

We had an 8 -strong meeting on Tues 2nd May with George and his pastor Joseph
Alison Tepe and 2 friends from a university in W Kampala Bishop Eusau, a son of Bishop Samuel Peni and Darius from Juba, South Sudan (doing easyBari). You have to be very brave just to return to Juba these days!. But Pastor Darius hopes to form a team of younger people there to do different easylanguages.
Bp Isaac and myself – and a man who Bp Isaac bumped into on a bus called – an Anglican called A

IF BY NOW YOU’RE A LIITLE CONFUSED WITH ALL THESE LANGUAGES – DON’T WORRY – I’LL PLACE A LIST LATER!

No.17 – Africa 2017 part 3; Church in Busia, Kenya;

On Sunday 30th April we went to Bp Isaac’s church in Busia.
There were about a hundred people present – some of the women were looking after children in the yard outside until they came in for the Eucharist. It was a special day and many leaders attended. Most adults and children wore HABITS of different colours and had travelled large distances. The presence of the Holy Spirit was demonstrated by loud outbursts – led by Cardinal Protus.
Archbishops, bishops and priests led the worship in Swhili, English, Latin and Lukhayo – a colourful and devout 2 hours.
ALL ADULTS PRESENT, INCLUDING MYSELF WERE INVITED TO TAKE COMMUNION.

EVERYONE WAS VERY WELCOMING – ESPECIALLY CARDINAL PROTUS AND A CHRISTIAN NAMED PAUL.

At the end of the Service i was gived 30 mins to explain easyBibles but gave half to Bp Isaac – a good preacher, their pastor and the person to explain further the following Sunday.

It is worth stating that although i do not accept all aspects of this church’s teaching – i understand their need for a black messiah after centuries of cruel, white colonialism AND they have open Communion and allow their members to do Bible translation to help the poor.

I will keep in touch with Card Protus and Paul who has a higher diploma from Nairobi, was a Management Consultant and is enthusiastic re easyBibles.

We met these people again on Monday morning (May 1st) en route to Busia, Uganda.

No.16 – Africa 2017 part 2 – Kisumu on Fri 28th April; Legion Maria Catholics from Kisii; Busia, Kenya

We arrived at our hotel on Fri afternoon (April 28th) and soon met Caren and her 12 year-old son Don. Karen is doing easyDholuo – a very important language in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Sat morning, Cardinal David – who is doing easyEkegusii – arrived with his son Bernard and daughter Eunice. Bernard, aged 30, pastors his own church and was keen to start an easylanguage – forgive my memory – i’ll find out which language soon!

The LEGION MARIA is a break-away Catholic denomination – started in Kenya in 1956 – believing that Christ and the virgin Mary returned to Africa as black people about 200 years ago. Their Pope was reconciled to the Pope in Rome c 1960 and particularly by Pope Jean Paul later. They love and respect Pope Francis – as do many of us!

There are 4.3 million Legion Maria Catholics, mainly in Kenya and Sudan but also spread throughout the world.

In Kenya, under their Pope in Kisumu, are 58 Cardinals, then Archbishops, Bishops…

So far i’ve met Cardinal David (wonderful kindly man – aged 57), Bishop Isaac Makokha (aged 40, my friend) and his Cardinal Protus in Busia, Kenya.

Before leaving our hotel in Kisumu we had a very useful meeting and good fellowship.

Then matatus and rickshaws and motorbikes to Busia, Kenya on Sat 29th April.

No.15 – Africa 2017 part 1 – Kampala (Rwanda & Burundi); George; bus to Kijabe Hospital in Kenya

I arrived at Entebbe Airport early on Tues 25th April and waited till Bp Isaac Makokha met me. While waiting, i turned down the usual collection of taxi drivers, but gradually became more relaxed with Driver George. We had a cup of tea together and by the time Isaac arrived – the 3 of us were friends. George took us to the ‘Holiday Express Hotel’, Kampala where we had lunch with Revd Celestin and his wife Liberatha from Rwanda. They had studied at Scott University, Kenya and served as missionaries for AIC – Revd Celestin as Bishop. They will continue with easyKinyarwanda and to encourage Kinyamurenge in Rwanda and Kirundi in Burundi.

Next morning, Wed 26th April, Isaac and i took a bus to the Kenyan border and on to the AIC Hospital at Kijabe.
There we soon met Isaac’s friend Justus Marete, Africa Director of Bethany Kids. He also spoke well of Tony and Judith Sykes of EMI. I once taught Tony Physics at Boston Grammar School, Lincolnshire, UK. For EMI he now designs buildings for missions like at Kijabe. They are currently in Burundi – soon to go to India.
Justus also knows the Rxxxx family who are living in a very dangerous town in East Kenya – seeking to help Somali people.
Justus, himself takes a team to visit former patients from the hospital – particularly children – to all parts of Kenya and to most surrounding nations. He has offered to find us teams for easyBibles and to be a local check on any money we send to Kenya. Justus and his wife Christine kindly gave us tea.

We had already met the Chaplaincy team and after a night in a guest house we met them again on Thur 27th April. Led by Revd Geoffrey Ndivo these chaplains were encouraging and delightful – photos soon. They offered to start easyMeru and Gikuyu. Chaplain Sylvia is keen to use our veryeasyEnglish Bible Stories with her young patients and the club she runs for them.

After a second night at their guest house we left by bus, matatu and motorbike for Kisumu by Lake Victoria – the third city of Kenya.

More soon.