Monday, May 14, 2012

Will & Jamie Arrive in Nairobi

Jamie and Will, the "monkey magnets."
Last Sunday, May 6th, Will Stallings and Jamie Murla arrived in Nairobi. They traveled overnight by bus from the Virginia Beach area right after the wedding of Josh Dart and Angela Cruciano, both of whom participated in a mission trip to South Sudan in May-June of 2010. All are associated with the lay community Missioners of Christ, based in the Diocese of Richmond Virginia with a permanent outreach in Comayagua, Honduras, very near our CFR Friars there. Missioners have participated in more than six mission trips to South Sudan, including two extended stays of several months. Jamie and Will were welcomed by the Missionaries of Charity Fathers in Pangani, and while waiting for me to arrive, made a trip to nearby City Park, know for its large population of friendly monkeys.

Huruma Slums, Nairobi.
I flew in from South Sudan on Monday, May 7, to meet them and organize the next leg of our journey. The next day, Tuesday, I was busy getting tickets and making other travel arrangements, while Will and Jamie joined the MC Fathers' candidates on their weekly visit to the MC Sisters' home for handicapped children, located in the midst of the Huruma (the word means "mercy") slums in Nairobi.

Jamie and Collins.

Will feeding a friend.

MC Fathers candidates: Alban from Ivory Coast and Titus from Kenya.

With all the pieces in place, we departed early the next morning for Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and from there caught a mission flight to Torit, which left us on the landing strip on the outskirts of town before continuing on to its next stop.

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